WARREN, Ohio – David Arnold Bevan, Jr., of Warren, Ohio, went home to his Lord on Sunday morning, January 1, 2017, at home surrounded by his adoring family.
David was born on September 2, 1942, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, to Laura Margaret McBride Bevan and David Arnold Bevan, Sr.
David leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 48 years, Joan Laraine Thralls Bevan; their son and daughter-in-law, Brian David Bevan and Dr. Katherine Ann Schumacher Bevan of Lake Ridge, Virginia; their daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn Laraine Bevan Rovegno and Louis Edward Rovegno of Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania and adored grandchildren, Liam Robert Bevan and Mackenzie Diane Bevan. David is also survived by his sister, Margaret Jenedean Bevan Brasseur of Weston, West Virginia and his brother-in-law, Herbert R. Cottrill of Charlottesville, Virginia.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Dr. Richard Arnold Bevan (Martha) and Robert Alden Bevan; two sisters, Ruth Ann Bevan Johnson (Richard) and Myrta Jean Bevan Cottrill (Herb) and one brother-in-law, Alan Edgar Brasseur. He also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
David graduated from Washington-Irving High School in Clarksburg, West Virginia and Fairmont State College, in Fairmont, West Virginia. He was a diver on the swim team and a member of the track and field team at Fairmont State and served as president of Theta Xi Fraternity.
He joined Alcan Aluminum in the Customer Service Department after college graduation and worked there for 18 years. In 1987 he changed careers and became a registered representative for Prudential. After retirement from Prudential, David worked as a hearing monitor for the Social Security Administration Office of Disability, Adjudication and Review in both Cleveland and Akron.
Helping others was a driving force in David’s life and that drive gave him great pleasure. He once said that his favorite days were those spent helping someone else. He loved the outdoors and camped with the Boy Scouts in his youth and later with his own children. He worked as a lifeguard in his youth and taught swimming classes. During summer break in college, he worked for the Boys’ Clubs of Metropolitan Detroit helping inner-city boys experience the outdoors. He purchased his first boat while there. Later in life, he helped children at Camp Koinonia and Camp Falling Leaf, a grief camp for children. David had many interests: fishing, boating, yard work, reading, woodworking, and watching on television Ohio State and West Virginia University football games and Wimbledon tennis.
David was an active member of Central Christian Church and enjoyed working in the memorial garden, participating in the pecan roll bake sales, serving as a greeter and attending Open Door events.
David’s family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff at the Hope Cancer Center in Howland, Ohio and to Joan, Gay, and Shelley in Trumbull Memorial’s Ambulatory Health Services Department for their professional, compassionate care of David during his illness. David was keenly aware of the sacrifices made by those selfless individuals who have donated blood. Those sacrifices helped prolong his life.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Red Cross, 3530 Belmont Avenue, Suite 7, Youngstown, Ohio 44505; the American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad Street, Canfield, OH 44406; or Central Christian Church camp scholarship fund, 2051 East Market Street, Warren, OH 44483.
A memorial service celebrating David’s life will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Central Christian Church, 2051 East Market Street, Warren, Ohio 44483.
Family will receive friends from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. prior to the service.
Visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to share memories and condolences with David’s family.
A television tribute will air Monday, January 9 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV, 8:41 a.m. MyYTV, 9:58 a.m. on FOX, 12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.