-David Raymond Kanagy, 83, passed away peacefully while in hospice care, February 13, 2013, after a long struggle with MDS and heart disease. David was born in Enon Valley, Pa. and grew up in Wampum, Pa. where he graduated Valedictorian and excelled in sports. He was a natural athlete, the captain of a renowned basketball team at Wampum High School, and received a basketball scholarship to Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. David enjoyed living in Florida where he golfed, fished, and cultivated roses. His favorite pastime was playing and competing in all varieties of games with friends and family. David began his career at Bell Telephone Company of Pa. installing telephones, and worked his way up to Vice President of Service with United Telephone of Florida. The family moved to Fort Myers in 1963 where David worked for Inter-County Telephone Company, which became United Telephone of Florida. He was promoted and transferred to the United Telephone Corporate Office in Kansas City, Missouri in 1969. While in Kansas City he authored the manual, Standards of Quality Consumer Services, which was still being utilized when he retired in 1985. From Kansas City, Dave was transferred to Tyler, Texas, Fort Myers, FL., and then Orlando. David was active in the charitable organization, Pioneer Telephone Association, for many years and served as president of the local and state organization, and also served on the Board of Directors at the national level. He was a life - long Christian serving the Presbyterian Church in choirs, as a Deacon, an Elder and on various building and financing committees. His caring and loving manner put all around him at ease. Beloved by his family and friends, he is survived by his wife Patsy of thirty-seven years, his brother DeWayne and wife Martha, son James and wife Kate, daughter Christine and husband Andrew, grandson Dustin, stepson Harold R. Waters; stepdaughter Anita Kay Bain and husband John. A celebration service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Deland on Sunday, February 17, at 3:00 pm. The family will receive friends at the reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David's memory to First Presbyterian Student Music Scholarship Fund or to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, West Volusia Center.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Feb. 16, 2013