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David Joseph Athmer

September 2, 1963 – January 11, 2018

David Athmer
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Obituary for David Joseph Athmer

Athmer, David J. “Pup”, age 54, peacefully passed away at home with his wife Cathy by his side holding his hand, after a hard-fought battle against cancer.

If you can judge how beloved a man was by the number of nicknames he had, he was very loved indeed, and particularly enjoyed being the FUNCLE (the “fun uncle.”)

Dave is a Fairmont East Falcon (class of 1981); University of Dayton Flyer (class of 1985); and huge enthusiast of camping, kayaking, patio time, woodworking, collecting t-shirts in Key West, and watching Great Lakes freighters bearing their heavy loads, engines thrumming, signaling through darkness and fog. He loved lighthouses, sand dunes, good cigars by a campfire, his dogs, tending the yard, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his best friend and soul-mate, wife Cathy Phelan Athmer; mother Patricia "Pat" Athmer; siblings Mike (Sally) Athmer, Dan (Linda) Athmer, Chris (Anne) Athmer, Nancy (David) Schmidt, and Mary Jo (Chris) Marcum; sister-in-law Mary (Lee) Sanders; many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and honorary brother, business partner, and most excellent friend John D. Knight.

Dave is preceded in death by his father Merle Athmer.

Cathy and Dave wish to express a very special thank-you to the staff and volunteers at Kettering Cancer Center for making a difficult journey easier to travel.

A celebration of Dave’s life and visitation will be held on Friday, January 19th, from 4-7pm, at Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home, 92 W. Franklin St., Bellbrook, next to the Dairy Shed, where you could frequently find Dave and Cathy every summer.

Service and internment will be held on Saturday, January 20th, at 11:00am, at Miami Cemetery Chapel, 6379 Corwin Ave., Waynesville.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Francis Kennels of Xenia, the Humane Society of Warren County (Otis and Maxine thank you), or any organization you feel appropriately honors Pup’s life.

We will love you always and miss you deeply, until we meet again.

First Visitation

When Friday, January 19th, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
CONNER & KOCH Life Celebration Home
92 West Franklin Street
Bellbrook, OH
Additional Information In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Francis Kennels of Xenia, the Humane Society of Warren County (Otis and Maxine thank you), or any organization you feel appropriately honors Pup’s life.

Service Information

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 11:00am
FAther Chris Wittman
Miami Cemetery Chapel
6379 Corwin Ave
Waynesville, Ohio
Service Extra Info
Outline of Funeral Prayers for David Athmer [Items in square brackets are optional] At the Cemetery Chapel Greeting ([Sign of the Cross], liturgical greeting, welcome to all and thanks for attending.) [Sprinkling of cremated remains with holy water, accompanied by a one-line prayer recalling David's baptism] Opening Prayer (all are seated after opening prayer) [Brief Reading from Scripture: (one verse in length)] Sharing of Stories and Memories of Dave Longer Reading from Scripture Brief Homily Intercessions / Petitions, including personalized ones related to Dave's life Our Father Final Commendation (This is the prayer specific to a funeral which entrusts David to God, reminds us of our hope in the Resurrection, and calls upon God's mercy - one of the best prayers we have, in my opinon) Invitation to process to the place of burial [with explanations as necessary.] At the Place of Interment (no program is needed for this, really) Invitation Brief Scripture Verse (one verse only) Blessing of the Place of Committal (where the ashes will be interred) Committal Prayer (a good prayer!) Brief Intercessions Our Father Concluding Prayer Prayer over the People Dismissal Invitation for family and close friends to sprinkle holy water.

Interment Information

Miami Cemetery
6379 Corwin Ave
Waynesville, OH