|David E. Shope|
|Written by provided to Sentinel-Tribune|
|Saturday, 14 September 2013 08:56|
David E. Shope, 87, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away in his home Thursday, September 12, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.
He was a lifelong Bowling Green resident and proud citizen of Wood County. He was born November 8, 1925 in Bowling Green to the late Elias and Bertha (Knack) Shope. He later married Patricia (Lee) Shope November 20, 1949 and she preceded him in death July 22, 1996.
Left to cherish his memory are his children: Shelly (Arnold) Zavaleta; Roger (Brenda) Shope; Jay Shope, all of Bowling Green, and David (Susan) Shope of Kingwood, Texas, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and three step-brothers: Fred, Lester, and Ross Sparks and one sister, Anna Hock.
David proudly served in the Ohio National Guard earning rank of Second Lieutenant.
Retired from BGSU after well over 30 years of service, he was a Carpenter/Foreman. He enjoyed his work at the university and he recalled many fond memories of projects he did and those he befriended there. David, with his wife at his side, proudly built their home on Baldwin Avenue and he resided there until his death.
David had a long and happy retirement. He enjoyed being home, driving his "little car" and family visits. Kermit's Restaurant was a "home away from home." Many happy hours were spent there for meals and socializing with "the young ladies."
David's hobbies included metal detecting and arrowhead hunting. He was a well-studied local historian. He was a long-time member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and demonstrated his faith thru quiet service. He will be greatly missed.
David's wishes for his graveside service to be private and that his final arrangements be entrusted with the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME &CREMATORY, 1460 West Wooster Street, PO Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 Tele: 419/352-2171.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in David's honor to the Alzheimers Association or the Black Swamp Arts Festival.
On-line condolences, as well as fond memories, may be shared with the Shope family by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.
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