David William Craven, 69, went to be with the Lord Friday morning, Oct. 7, 2016 at Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born July 24, 1947 in Mansfield to parents Carl and Elsie (Crider) Craven. He graduated from Ontario High School with the class of 1965.
He proudly served his country by joining the US Navy where he served 3 tours in Vietnam totaling 13 years. A Petty Officer first class, He served on the USS America as communication supervisor. During his time serving in the Navy he earned many honors including; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars; Vietnam Campaign Medal with device; Navy Expeditionary Medal; and his most prized the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
David was a member at Bellville American Legion Post #535 in Bellville and the VFW Post #9943 and attended Bellville Presbyterian Church.
Rosanna Hoffman caught his eye at Therm-O-Disc where they worked together and the pair married on February 10, 1989.
He loved to listen to gospel music and especially enjoyed listening to his wife play the piano. David was a sports fan to say the least. He enjoyed watching and supporting all the Ohio teams. From the Cleveland Indians, Cavilers and Browns to The Ohio State Buckeyes, David enjoyed watching all of them.
He is survived by his loving wife Rosanna “Rosie” Craven of Butler; children Jeff Robinson and Tracey Sheriff; grandchildren Josh (Erica), Seth, Colton and Trinity; great-grandchildren Avery and Lucas; sister Suzette (Richard) Hawk; mother-in-law Alberta Hoffman; brother-in-law Richard (Sharon) Hoffman; sister-in-law Joyce Hoffman; cousins Randy, Mellissa and Margarete Craven of Texas as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by father-in-law Earl Hoffman; brother-in-law Jim Hoffman and Niece Kim Hoffman.
The Craven family will receive friends Monday, October 10, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service honoring David’s life will begin immediately at 1 p.m. Rev. Ronald Taylor will speak.
Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park. Military honors will be performed by the American Legion Post #535.
Memorial contributions to the Worthington Township/Butler Rescue Squad may be made through the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve David’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.