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David Raymond Kreitzer, 56 of Lima, died at 6:32am on Dec. 31, 2011 at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on April 2, 1955, in Springfield, Mass. to Hazel (Rudity) and Raymond Kreitzer, who both preceded him in death. Dave was raised in Wapakoneta where he graduated from high school in 1973.
On June 4, 2005, he married Donna M. Gerad, who survives in Lima.
Dave Kreitzer retired as the owner of Avon Oxygen & Supply. He was presently the co-owner of H20 Gardens and Landscaping with his son, John. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 54 in Lima, the National Rifle Association, the Allen County Master Gardeners and was a finance committee member at the St. Johnâ€™s Parish in Lima.
Dave was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, crossword puzzles, practical jokes, working at his shop and most of all spending time with family and friends, especially his granddaughter, Cambria (Peanut).
Dave graduated from The Ohio State University and has been a lifelong fan of the Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Reds. He enjoyed vacations with his wife and family, fishing trips with friends and helping those in need. Dave was a friend to all and stranger to none.
Survivors also include a son, John (Megan) Kreitzer, of Lima; a daughter, Allison Kreitzer, of Lima, a daughter, Lauren Gerad of Lima, a daughter, Alicia (Chad) Plowman of Lima, a daughter, Shaina Gerad of Lima, a daughter, Elana Gerad of Lima; and a son, David Gerad of Lima; one granddaughter, Cambria; and five sisters, Janet (Rob) Ransom, Lynn Culver, Susan (John) Smaha, Karen (Terry) Hutchinson and Beth Caldwell.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home in Lima.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11a.m. Thursday at St. Johnâ€™s Catholic Church in Lima, Ohio. Services will be officiated by the Rev. David Ross. Burial will follow at St. Josephâ€™s Cemetery in Wapakoneta.
Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Johnâ€™s Catholic Church, Lima and the Master Gardeners of Allen County.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.chamberlainhuckeriede.com
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