David Andrew Williams

May 18, 1941 ‒ October 05, 2019

Bellville, Ohio
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio

David Andrew Williams, age 78, of Bellville, died peacefully on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family following a courageous six year battle with cancer.

On May 18, 1941, Dave was born in Mansfield, Ohio, the third of four children of the late Paul Revere and Alma Gay (Crowe) Williams.  He attended Bellville High School.

While attending high school, Dave met the love of his life, Peggy Roper, at the Lexington Festival.  They were married on May 26, 1962, and have cherished their fifty seven years together.

For thirty two years, Dave worked at Empire Detroit Steel in Mansfield until his retirement in 1991, at age 50.  He also was a proud member of the USW169.

A man of faith, Dave was an active member of the Waterford Church of Christ.  He also was instrumental in helping to build both the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ and the Pines Christian Church.  They also were involved in 4H at the Morrow County Fair, with the Triple R Bar.

The ultimate handyman, Dave was never afraid to take on any project.  He was a tireless worker who could tackle the most difficult projects, doing so mostly by himself.

An early bird, Dave loved to wake up at 4 AM to walk two miles to start every day.  He has walked every day he could for forty plus years.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Peggy Williams of Bellville; three children: Dan (Linda) Williams of Lexington, OH, Cherie (Jeff) Culler of Butler, OH, Tammy (Mike) Wilgus of Bellville, OH; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers: Harvey (Joyce) Williams of Mansfield, OH, and Frank (Florence) Williams of Florence, OR; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Dave was preceded in death by his sister, Paulette Williams.

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held Wednesday Oct. 9 2019 at Dave’s favorite place in the world, his home, 7527 Twp. Rd. 87 Bellville, OH.  His family will greet friends from 12noon to 2 pm, with a service of celebration starting at 2 pm, with Minister Joel Cassetto officiating from the Waterford Church of Christ.  A picnic and sharing of memories will continue following his services at the house.

*** Per Dave’s request, he wanted everyone to come dressed casually and comfortably. ***

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to OhioHealth Hospice, 335 Glessner Ave, Mansfield, OH 44903.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Dave’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • I am truly sorry. I will continue to pray for you and your loved ones. I love you Haley and Cherie.

  • Heaven gained another angel Friday night, and the community and Williams family lost a great man, husband, father, grandfather &
    great grandfather. Dave was a special friend to many in the area and we were privileged to count him as a friend. Dave had a talent to tackle any job, big or small to help those in need of remodeling projects. He did so many things behind the scenes and did not boast about doing it. Praying for his family to know the comfort and peace only our Lord can provide.

  • Peggy and family so sorry about your loss. We will never for all the wonderful things you guys did for Eloise. Dave was such a great guy. All of you in our thoughts and prayers. Love Eloise, Dale, Deb

  • Love and prayers for Dave’s family and friends.
    May we all live our lives with the same commitment , work ethic, and devotion as Dave and his family.

  • Peggy and the entire Williams family, please accept our heart felt condolences at this very difficult time. We’re all better people because we got to share Dave as a part of our lives. A more special man there was not. I always looked forward to visiting with Dave, a kind and gentle soul. I’m so glad I had the privilege of knowing Dave Williams, it certainly makes me a better man. Love you all so much, Ted and Paula

  • I will always remember Dave and the way he treated me as a friend. I moved to the area from Portsmouth and was very well received by Dave. I know his family will miss him but he is now in a much better place. I would love to be there but age and distance prevent that.

  • Dear Cherie
    This is Mary, I use to work with you one summer at the steel mill! I just wanted to tell you how very sorry we are to hear of your fathers passing. I remember how close you were with your family. I hope you are well otherwise. Thinking of you.

  • Dear Peg and family….Your loss of Dave is felt deeply in my heart. Dave and Ottie boy I’m sure are plotting something in heaven. I have fond memories of your Dad and your family. Praying for your comfort and peace during this time of grief. Stephannie and Rick Waddle of Iowa.

  • Peggy, Tammy, Ruby and the whole family-
    I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a kind and sweet man. I always noticed Dave had a smile on his face even when he wasn’t feeling well. Thinking of you and sending prayers and love your way.
    Kristen Morrison

  • Peggy and family…. I am so sorry for your loss… I didn’t know Dave personally but I am sure he was a wonderful husband,father, grandfather, and friend…. may God bless you in the coming days as you lay him to rest….Deb Lilly Gates

  • Peggy, Cherie, Tammy and family:
    I was saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. He was such a sweet man. Always had a nice sense of humor as well. I was honored to be his part- time mail carrier for quite a few years. I always enjoyed it when he met me at the mailbox. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless.
    Ginger Kunz

  • Peggy & Family. You are in our thought and prayers. We remember all the Great times we spent together while living next door to you. I will never forget the time I looked out our kitchen window and Dave was trying to pull a tree stump out. His little tractor was give it’s all and was up on just two wheels. I watched just hoping it didn’t roll over on him. He succeeded and not only at that but we know what a good husband and father he was. We know there will be many wonderful memories of him for you to hold in your hearts. God is in control and now Dave is home at peace .
    Love, Chuck, Saundra & Family.

  • To all of Dave’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a good friend and co-worker.

  • Mrs. Williams, Dan, Cherie, Tammy and family: My heart is very saddened to hear of Mr. Williams’ passing. Please know that I am with you in thought and am praying that you find peace in the knowledge that he is finally in the arms of the Lord whom he has worshiped and served throughout his life. The memories of growing up next door to your family are even more sweet today as I remember how kind and loving Dave was, even when we were driving him crazy, as only kids can. His smile and laugh are forever burned into my mind. May God hold you closely during this difficult time and provide peace and comfort. Praise be to God for the promise that you will see him again one day. I love you all!

  • We are so saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. Always enjoyed his kind words and charming smile. Praying for God’s blessings & comfort to each of your family. So thankful once again for God’s promises to his children. Love in Christ Jesus, Jim & Peggy Johnson & Family

  • Dear Peggy and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Dave was a wonderful and sincere man and loved you all so much. He has left you with such wonderful memories to cherish. We appreciated Dave’s friendship especially all of his visits to us, even when he wasn’t feeling the greatest.

    Love and Blessings to you all!
    Darl and Judy Tingley and family

  • Peggy and family, Was so sorry to hear of your loss! You always seemed like a really happy family. I know it won’t be easy,but God will not leave you! Our prayers are with all of you.

  • Dear Peggy, Dan, Cheri, Tammy, and all your Loved Ones:

    May God’s peace, that passes all human understanding, surround you and may the hope of glory–being joined with Christ and with Dave–encourage you. All of us who were blessed to know Dave and to know your family are such better people because of your influence in our lives. My first memory once we moved to Ohio from Alabama is driving up your lane in the snow to Trick-or-Treat and being surrounded by the warmth of your family and home. No one could have asked for better role models than you and Dave or better childhood friends than your three wonderful children. I am so thankful for your significant impact on my life! There have been many times in my life when I have hoped to be as grace-filled as you are, Peggy.

    I am sorry for the long struggle that Dave and all of you faced. Even in the middle of this struggle, Dave’s smile and your great peace during our last visit with you were so amazing and such proof of the hope of Christ that lives in you.

    Please know that you are and will stay in our thoughts and prayers. May all your memories off Dave strengthen you day-to-day. May the knowledge that the two of you have made this world such a better place comfort you. And may God bless you a 1,000 times over for all you have given to others. You are loved and greatly respected & appreciated!!!!!