David Gerald Wintz, 74, of Tallmadge, OH entered his heavenly home on November 28, 2019. He was born September 3, 1945 in Ashtabula, OH, to Lillian (Wisuri) Wintz and Stephen Wintz. He graduated from Ashtabula High School and attended Kent State University, Ashtabula Branch Campus.
He served four years in the United States Air Force, earning a level 5 Machinist rating and an Honorable Discharge. David was employed by Rockwell International Brake & Axle Division in Ashtabula from 1965-1987 as a Quality Control Technician and Machine Operator. He was active in the local UAW #274 and served as Financial Secretary/Treasurer for many years. After the plant closing, David held several other jobs, including Machine Operator/Coiler at Schultz Mechanical Wire in Austinburg, Night Auditor at Holiday Inn in Ashtabula, Office Manager at the Ashtabula County Employees Credit Union and Office Manager at Samson Perfection Employees Federal Credit Union.
David is survived by his loving wife, Sandra (Marsh) Wintz, whom he married on May 20, 1973, and their two children: Trisha Jean "TJ" Reinhart of Mogadore, OH and Matthew David Wintz of Shaker Heights, OH. In addition, he is survived by his son-in-law Erik Reinhart and daughter-in-law Stephanie (Sybrandt) Wintz, as well as his former son-in-law Aaron Mighton. He leaves behind his grandchildren: Abbey Mighton, Annabelle Mighton, Lillian Mighton, Emmie Wintz, River Wintz, and "bonus grandchildren," Kyle Reinhart and Jordan Reinhart. David is also survived by his sister Carol Wintz of Jefferson; sister Patricia (David) Shank of Ashtabula; sister Janet (Wayne) White of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; brother Alan (Rebecca) Wintz of Jefferson; and brother Richard Wintz of Jefferson, as well as 8 nieces and nephews and 6 great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister-in-law Mary Wintz.
David was very athletic before his health declined and enjoyed playing softball, bowling, golf, tennis and ping pong. His other interests included music, studying Bible prophesy, playing cards and chess. He especially enjoyed family get-togethers and picnics which included volleyball games and "croakee" (competitive term crochet) games and card games. While living in Jefferson he also enjoyed chopping wood for his wood stove and doing yard work on his beloved Wheel Horse tractor. He was a former member of Plymouth United Methodist Church in Ashtabula and Grandview United Methodist Church in Cuyahoga Falls. He was also a 55 plus year member of East Plymouth Grange in Ashtabula.
David's true pride and joy were his children and grandchildren. He was so proud of Trisha and Matt...their accomplishments in their careers, their families and their faith journeys. His grandchildren affectionately nicknamed him "Grandpa Stix" and enjoyed his humor and playful nature. His signature "Love You Big Time" will be carried on by the entire family.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Summa Hospice, the Hospice Unit at Summa Barberton Hospital, Pinnacle Nursing Home in Tallmadge and Rose Lane Nursing Home in Massillon for their loving care of David in his final months of life.
A memorial service to celebrate David's life will be held at noon on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Southeast Church of the Nazarene, 771 Dunbar Rd., Tallmadge, OH 44278. Guests are welcome to visit with the family 2 hours prior to the service, from 10 am until noon. Arrangements have been entrusted to Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 330-928-2147.
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