David Boerner passed away July 3, 2013 after a long illness.
He was born in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University where he earned a degree in Journalism. He was managing editor of the university daily paper, the Lantern, beginning a career in newspaper journalism that spanned more than 40 years and included stints on the staffs of Hartley Newspapers, the Marysville Evening Journal Tribune, Columbus Dispatch and Miami Herald culminating at the Akron Beacon Journal from which he retired in 2001. He was president of the Akron Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Akron Press Club, was instrumental in the founding of the Interfaith Caregivers program and helped with resettling refugees who had come to Akron from Laos.
He was a gentle man; a loving, enthusiastic cheerleader as a husband; a proud father; and a good friend. He used an editing pen with precision, he was empathetic to the needs of others and, if a prize had been offered for how many times someone watched the Ohio State National Championship football game, he would have been a contender.
David is survived by his wife, Phyllis; and sons, Trent (Lisa Dye) and Troy. He is also survived by his brother, Don (Sharon); niece, Laura Boerner Smith (Jon) and their children; and nephew, Kevin Boerner (Shellie). We also count among survivors our daughter equivalent, Jennifer Lennox and her family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mart and Garnet Boerner and by son, Eric.
If friends wish to remember David in a tangible way, the family suggests contributions to United Disability Services, 701 South Main St., Akron 44311-1019 in care of Lisa Armstrong.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT 1 P.M. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 1361 W MARKET ST., AKRON 44313.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Aug. 18, 2013