David John Shue|
BARBERTON -- David John Shue, 76, passed away Friday, August 2, 2013.
David was born in Akron, Ohio and lived most of his life in the Barberton area. He owned and operated Barberton Auto Wrecking for thirty years and served the City of Barberton with police towing. David served in the Ohio National Guard and the United States Air Force.
He dedicated fifty years of his life helping the youth of the community and by helping to build the Ken Sennett Football Fields, coaching Washington School Football for six years and assisting so many athletes through graduation of high school and continuing on to college. He also founded Barberton's first soccer program. David went on to build the Varsity Teen Center which was a drug and alcohol free nonprofit corporation for the Barberton teens. The Teen Center was comprised of two gymnasiums in Barberton; one downtown and one on Hopocan Avenue. He also put in a youth baseball field. Loving the youth, he also sponsored their wrestling, basketball and both boys and girls softball teams. David also sponsored the Barberton High School Athletes basketball, softball, baseball and wrestling camps. He sent St. Vincent-St. Mary High School football team to Penn State University football camp and the Barberton High School football team to Ohio State University football camp. He was a sponsor of the men and women Top Hatters which presented awards to the athletes at an annual dinner at Anthe's. David also judged professional and amateur boxing.
David was honored to build Pete Burroughs Memorial Basketball Facility in south Barberton and the playground for St. Augustine School. He ran the Toys for Tots program at Christmas for many years. David was also honored by the State of Ohio House of Representatives for his outstanding dedication to the youth of the Barberton area and also by the Barberton Jaycees. He was a charter member of the Barberton Sports Hall of Fame and was a recipient of the O.C. Barber Award. David attended Radiant Life Church in Wadsworth, Ohio. He was very pro-Israel and was a strong supporter of the Civil Rights Movement.
David was preceded in death by his mother, Esther Shue; stepfather, Raymond Shue; father, Elvin Sullivan; wife, Shelby Shue; daughter, Tamara; and very special friends, Rubin and Sadie Manes. David is survived by son, David Shue (Amy); daughters, Carmen Cocker-ham (Steve), Deborah Bowman (Jim), Shelby Bable (Brian), Carla Capron (Jim), Robin Shue; thirteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Karen Huber (Bill), Nannette Harris (Bill), and Jan Peckens (Jim); brothers, Larry Sullivan (Pat), and Dennis Sullivan (Linda); along with other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, 1 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, Ohio 44203 with Pastor Lance Porubsky officiating. Burial at Rose Hill Burial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW #3383. The family will receive friends on Friday, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and also Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of the service. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Aug. 7, 2013