David L. Secrist

June 03, 1952 ‒ April 15, 2019

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE ~ David L. Secrist, 66, of Bellville passed away Monday, April 15, 2019, at his son’s Mansfield home, following a courageous battle with cancer.

The son of Russell and Cuba (Porter) Secrist, Dave was born June 3, 1952 in Mansfield and graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1970.

It was at the former Black Kettle Restaurant in Bellville that he first met Sharyle Jo “Sharry” Weaver.  The two were married September 29, 1973 in St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Dave served in the Army National Guard.  For over 25 years, he worked for Smith Dairy as a delivery driver and manager.

A supportive father and grandfather, Dave was always present at sporting events encouraging his sons and grandchildren.  He was a proud father and grandfather.  Dave also enjoyed the outdoors, especially cutting wood and bird watching.

He is survived by his two sons Jeremy (Amy) Secrist and Dave Secrist both of Mansfield; grandchildren Thomas, Sylvia, Emma, Lily, Alayna, and David; sisters Reta (Marlin) Hamilton and Anita Penrose both of Bellville, and Mary (Terry) Shoemaker of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; nieces, nephews and extended family.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife Sharyle (Sharry) Secrist and brother-in-law Loi Penrose.

The Secrist family will receive friends Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 4p.m. – 7p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. Private family graveside services will be held in Bellville Cemetery.  Celebrant Dave Roberts will officiate.

Memorial contributions to The Ohio State University James Comprehensive Cancer Center or Home Care Matters Hospice may be made at the funeral home.

Online condolences to the Secrist family may be made by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

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  • I worked with Dave at Smith Dairy. He always had a smile and a kind word when you ask him how he was doing. Heaven gained another Angel. You will be missed Dave. My deepest sympathy to all the family.

  • I worked with Dave for all of his years at Smith Dairy. Dave was a man of integrity and great work ethic. He had a wonderful attitude and his customers loved him. He was a great ambassador for our company. I will always remember Dave for his kindness and his friendship.

  • I went to school with Dave. I remember him as a very kind young man. Always proud of the Class of 1970. I’ll say a little prayer for him and for his family.
    Janice (Hollar) Jarvis

  • My heart and prayers go out to Dave and Jeremy and their families. What wonderful parents to the boys growing up as a kid. May he reunite with Sharry and have eternal life. Dave (jr), you and your girls are on my mind….

  • Dave was our Smith Dairy Milkman and was remarkable. Not only did he deliver milk but lots of care and love for my Dad who lived with us for years. Dave and Sherry also raised two special sons that I enjoyed as 3rd graders. My prayers are for peace and healing as Dave’s family and friends grieve his loss.

  • To me, Dave’s philosophy of life was simply be kind to one and other. He had a demeanor that I often envied.It seems that Dave & family were always in our life.
    He was LL coach for our son, tireless worker for our travel baseball team for years even traveling to the Browns games to work concessions…that was for over 100 games! He was a frequent flyer at the office(barbershop) and was a knowledgable contributor to our sports discussions. Dave was always supportive of his kids in their activities and “all kids”. His attitude and support would serve as a great model for contemporary parents. He was a good friend of many, I include myself in that group.

  • Secrist Family:

    I was saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. Dave was such a nice guy. I remember him fondly from high school. He is reunited with his love, Sherry in heaven.

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this sad time.

    RIP my friend

    Debbie Weikle

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I graduated high school with him. He could always be counted on for his kind smile. He was a good man!!

  • Dave and Jeremy and Families:

    Sorry to hear your Dads passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Don and Julia Thogmartin

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. My sympathy goes out to all his family. He was certainly one of a kind. What a great testimony he was. Kind to everyone and always with a smile. What a sweet spirit.

  • Dave, Jeremy and Families,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy for you and your family. I will keep you all in my prayers.

    God Bless,
    Sara Walker (Dill)

  • Jeremy and family,

    So very sorry for the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May you feel His peace and comfort

  • Dave, aka Zeke, was my best friend in High School and was an amazing role model for me. Zeke was always positive and happy and transferred those feelings to all of us who were fortunate to have known him. My thoughts are with Zeke and his family, rest in peace my friend.

  • Jeremy and Dave
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this difficult time.
    We have such fond memories of your Mom and Dad when we spent so much time together at your ballgames.
    Your Dad was always so nice and cheerful. May he rest in peace.

    Larry and Luey Dill