David E. Atha 94, of Bowling Green, Ohio and formerly of Sandusky and Huron, Ohio, passed away July 31, 2013, in Bowling Green, Ohio.
|David E. Atha
David was born on August 16, 1918 in Dunkirk, Hardin County, Ohio to the late Chester and Bessie (Underwood) Atha. He married Jean (Instone) Atha on February 17, 1946.
David and Jean have been married for 67 years and she survives him in Bowling Green.
David was a 1937 graduate of Bowling Green High School. After graduation David enlisted in the United States Army prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. David served in the 168th Infantry, 34th Division during WWII and was stationed in England and Scotland. In 1943, David was involved with the invasion of Algeria, which led to him being first captured in North Africa by the Bedouins and later the German soldiers at the Battle of Kassaine Pass in February of 1943. After being captured, David spent over 33 months in various Prisoner of War (POW) camps, where he mainly worked on a farm and received two meals a day consisting of potato soup and black bread. The POW camp was eventually liberated by invading Russian forces.
After returning to Bowling Green from the war, David worked for the former Lion's Store. He then began working for the former Montgomery Ward's store in Bowling Green and later transferred to the Montgomery Ward's store in Sandusky, Ohio. After being transferred to Sandusky, David took up banking and worked for the former Western Security Bank in Sandusky, Ohio, and later retired after 29 years.
David and his wife enjoyed living on the shores of Lake Erie where they met many lifetime friends. David and his wife spent most of their marriage in Sandusky and Huron and recently returned to Bowling Green to be closer to family.
David was a former member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Bowling Green. After moving to Sandusky, he and his wife, Jean joined the Trinity United Methodist Church in Sandusky. After retirement, David and his wife moved to Huron, Ohio where they attended the Huron United Methodist with their friends. After returning to Bowling Green, David and his wife attended St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
David was a member of the Bowling Green American Legion Post #45, the Sandusky American Legion Post #83, the Fremont American Legion Post #121, the Sandusky Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2529, a strong supporter and advocate for the Disabled American Veterans, and a member of the Kiwanis Club.
In 2012, David was able to make the trip with Northwest Ohio Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to see the war memorials for the first time.
David enjoyed playing golf, bowling with his league, taking walks along Lake Erie with his wife Jean, and working on his collection of trains. David also enjoyed going on various outings with the Wood County Senior Citizens Center.
Along with his wife Jean, David is survived by his sister-in-law Carolyn (Art) Shetzer, of Bowling Green, nephews: Daryl (Shirley) Nutter, of Bowling Green, Ohio; Steven (Shirley) Nutter, of Portage, Ohio; Mike Instone, of Bowling Green, Ohio; Jack (Debra) Horner, of Napoleon, Ohio; nieces Maryland (Jack) Chambers, Deborah (Norm Romaker) Busdecker, of Bowling Green, Ohio; Cheryl (Tommy) Thompson, all of Cochranton, Pennsylvania; and Susan (Dewayne) White, of Franklin, Pennsylvania.
David was preceded in death by his parents, brother: Ralph Atha; half sister: Bonnie Horner; and half brother: Alvin Atha.
Visitation for David will be held on Sunday, August 4, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m., in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster Street/P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402, Tele: 419-352-2171. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 11 a.m., with additional visitation one hour prior to the service in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME REMEMBRANCE CHAPEL with the Reverend Dale Schaeffer officiating. Interment will follow in the Sergent Cemetery.
Contributions in David's honor may be given to the Charity of the Donor's Choice.
Online Condolences as well as fond memories may be left for David's family by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.