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David Kondracke

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Kondracke, David
David Russell Kondracke of Columbus, OH and Naples, FL, peacefully passed away with his sons by his side on January 3, 2018. Born on December 29, 1941, in Chicago, IL, to the late Genevieve and Matthew Kondracke. David was predeceased by his loving wife and soulmate of 50 years Jane, his brother Michael and sister-in-law Milly. David "Pa" will be painfully missed by his sons, Chris (Brandi) and Scott (Susanne); grandchildren, Tyler, Griffin, George and Courtney: his brother Morton (Marguerite); brother-in-law, Woody (Peggy); and extended family. David graduated from Springfield (OH) High School where he was an All-American swimmer and a state champion. David went on to attend The Ohio State University on a swimming scholarship. He was a four-year member of the OSU Men's Swimming Team which won the NCAA Championship in 1962. He was a member of Sigma Chi at OSU, graduating in 1964 with a B.A. in Economics. David began his long and successful career in 1964 at Ohio National Bank where he was a Vice President. He then became a financial adviser and broker at Vercoe and Company in 1978 where he would remain through multiple acquisitions until his retirement in 2017 as a Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch. David was a longtime member of The Columbus Country Club and The Club at Pelican Bay. He was a founder of Bexley Youth Sports, a member of the Whitehall-Bexley Rotary, the OSU Alumni Assoc., Varsity O and a supporter of Evans Scholars. David was on the development board at Children's Hospital and the financial board of the Childhood League where he and Jane were very active on Board VII. Known to his family as the "World's Strongest Dad," that enduring strength was evident during his extended illness from advanced prostate cancer. He cherished his family! He rarely missed his children's and grandkids' sporting events and was an enthusiastic supporter. He loved to provide colorful commentary on the officiating. David was a passionate OSU fan and an avid golfer; priding himself on having five holes-in-one. A voracious reader, he could be found at all hours immersed in a book. Often described as a history buff, he reminded his family to, "never stop learning." David and Jane loved to travel and had many golf outings, trips, dinners and celebrations, including 37 annual trips with the Cascades group and memorable excursions with the Ireland Group. Jane and David did not love to cook but loved a good meal; on any given night, they could be found at a restaurant with a large table full of friends. Many will recall a strong-willed, fiercely competitive athlete, loyal father, valued friend and trusted advisor. David and his family were fortunate to be blessed with the love, comfort and support from Dr. Robert Zaino and Aryel, Lori, Wynona and the benevolent caregivers of The James (17th fl.) and the Kobacker House in his final days. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Childhood League Center, 674 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43215, or The OSU Swimming and Diving Team via the Buckeye Club at Ohio State Athletics Development, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus OH 43210. The family will receive friends at Columbus Country Club (CCC), 4831 E. Broad St. on Sunday, January 7, from 2-5pm, where a Celebration of Life will be held Monday at 11am. Arrangements made by Schoedinger Midtown Chapel. Condolences may be sent to family and memories shared at www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2018
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