Submitted by his Wife and Family
David was a man that brought out the best in everyone. He did this as a volunteer with the Modoc Volunteer Fire Department for 31 years. Because of his passion for firefighting‚ he also served on the Blountsville/Stoney Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department as an active member for 15 years. At the time of his death‚ David was serving as Assistant Chief for both departments. Besides fighting fires‚ David spent many hours working for the departments in other ways. For 30 years one of his favorite activities was lighting the fireworks at the Modoc Fourth of July Celebration.
Many of the people that David helped during his involvement with both fire departments were longtime neighbors and friends. He resided in the Losantville‚ IN‚ area and lived over half of his life there. David and Paulette‚ his wife of 34 years‚ have three children that also grew up in this area-their daughter‚ Kimberly Miller (Gil)‚ and two sons‚ Kevin (Amber) and Kristofor. David loved firefighting‚ but nothing surpassed the love he had for family. He enjoyed holidays and was the ‘grill-master’ during frequent summer gatherings. David especially loved spending time with his grandkids‚ Lacy Ann‚ Taylor Mae‚ Cody Dawson (CD)‚ and Jessica Walker.
David’s desire to assist others began early in his life. He started as a Boy Scout and later served as a troop leader for many years. David enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 18; however an unexpected industrial accident involving his father led to David’s honorable discharge due to family hardship in order to run the family business. This is where David learned many of the skills he used throughout his life. He continued to serve others‚ including the Muncie Blind Association‚ through the Lions Club of Muncie‚ of which he was president 3 times. The Lions Club awarded David a Lifetime Membership and the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.
David worked as Maintenance Supervisor for Cintas Corp. in Muncie‚ IN. He was employed there for 35 years. He was a jack-of-all-trades and could fix almost anything. Because of his generous spirit and work ethic‚ Cintas established a mental attitude award given in his honor.
It was a very rare occasion to be around David that you didn’t hear his fire radio. One Christmas he left the family gathering at his sister’s house to assist with a fire in a nearby neighborhood‚ even though neither of his departments was involved. To him it didn’t matter…someone needed help. David continued to give to others even after his death as an organ and tissue donor. The void left by David’s death is huge‚ however the impact that he had on those that knew him is by far greater.