David Banta

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David "Dave" Roy Banta, Westminster, MD, was reunited with his wife Virginia "Gini" of sixty years in heaven, October 16, 2016. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 26, 1928, he was the son of the late Theodore and Lillian (Rhinehart) Banta. He was a beloved father, father-in-law, grandfather, uncle, great-uncle and friend to many. Dave led his life filled with encouragement and compassion which extended to all with whom he came in contact. His love of family and fatherhood served as an example for all to follow. An avid reader, he shared his love of books with his best friend and companion, Gini, the love of his life. He used his skills and love of woodworking to create grandkids' toys, cabinets, and built-in bookcases among many other items and thoroughly enjoyed landscaping and yardwork. Another joyful hobby was his model trains and participating in the Train Club at Carroll Lutheran Village (CLV). A man of the outdoors, "Bapa", as he was adoringly called by his eight grandchildren, excelled at many sports including hockey, football, snow skiing, swimming, running and staying fit well into his 80s. A coach to all ages, he loved coaching his sons and watching his grandchildren play on their various sport teams. His grandchildren enjoyed the warmth of his smile and delighted with his great story telling and closing laughter. Dave served in the United States Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953 after graduating from Vermont University. He then started work with International Harvester in Illinois and met Gini on a blind date arranged by his lifelong friend, Chuck Anderson. After marriage, he joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service. This work took him to many locations throughout Indiana as he moved up through leadership ranks, subsequently landing at the national office in Washington, D.C. in 1969. After retiring from his governmental work, he and Gini built their dream house on Smith Mountain Lake near Moneta, VA with the help of their four sons. While there, he served as a Volunteer Firefighter for the Saunders Volunteer Fire Department for almost two decades. He and Gini agreed to retire again and moved to CLV in Westminster, MD in 2005. Dave took advantage of the activities and groups at CLV with those already mentioned and the Men's Club and their trips to area events and locations. He also supported and assisted his wife's dedication to the CLV Library and the many social activities at CLV. Dave and Gini enjoyed worshipping and serving at the Krug Chapel and with Chaplain Jimmie. Survivors include his four sons and daughters-in-laws: Timothy Charles (Susan) of Charlotte, NC, Mark David (Tammy) of Ellicott City, MD, Michael Alan (Kimberly) of Phoenix, AZ, and David Leonard (Karen) of Timonium, MD; 8 grandchildren: Emily (Charles Drew) Stanley of Westminster, CO; Sean of Moscow, Russia; Matt and Ryan of Ellicott City; Kerry of Flagstaff, AZ and Rachel of Phoenix, AZ; and, Elizabeth, of Washington, D.C. and James David of Timonium, MD. Dave also had nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends who celebrated their life accomplishments with him. He was preceded in death by his parents and a step-mother, Esther as well as one sister, Jane and his beloved wife, Gini. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Carroll Lutheran Village with Reverend Jimmie Swartz presiding. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the service following at noon, 12:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made through CLV in Dave's honor to support the Resident Assistance Fund continuing his desire to provide for his friends there. Donations may be made to the Office of Philanthropy, Resident Assistance Fund, Carroll Lutheran Village, 300 St. Luke Circle, Westminster, MD, 21158. Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services, P.A., Westminster, MD, is handling the arrangements for the family. A private funeral and internment will be held in Dowagiac, MI, in late spring of 2017. Online condolences may be made at www.FLETCHERFUNERALHOME.net.

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Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services
254 E Main St
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 848 -7575
Published in Carroll County Times on Oct. 26, 2016
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