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David J. Eardley

David J. Eardley, age 91, a lifelong resident of Chardon, passed away on March 24, 2023, at UH Geauga Hospital. Born in Cleveland on January 17, 1932, to Wilbur and Rose (nee: Dragonette) Eardley.

Survivors include son Thomas (MaryEllen) of Loveland, OH; son James (Christy, deceased) of Benbrook, TX; son Joseph (Kelley) of Bath, OH; son Lawrence (Rose) Eardley of College Place, WA; daughter Machelle Williams of Dublin, OH; son John (Joyce Ann) of Waynesville, OH; daughter Pamela Osler (Joe, deceased); and son Brian Eardley of Chardon, OH.

Grandchildren Bradley (Katherine) Eardley [Great Grandchildren Lanna, Elena, Antonio] of Andover, MA; Brianna (Roger) Eardley Pryor [Great Grandchild Isabel] of Santa Rosa, CA; Alissa (Jason) Cossman [Great Grandchild Felicity] of Bellingham, WA; Jennifer (Matt) Davis [Great Grandchild Mackenzie] of Fort Worth, TX; Danielle (Steve) Berris [Great Grandchildren Ethan, Logan] of Sagamore Hills, OH; Spencer (Allison) [Great Grandchildren Emory, Avi] of Solon, OH; Elise Williams (Brandon Hurst) of Lyndhurst, OH; Scott Eardley (Steven Evans) of Dayton, OH; Zachary Eardley of Oakwood, OH; Stuart (Sojin) Eardley [Great Grandchild Luna]; Haleigh Osler (James Buckingham) of Clearwater, FL; John Osler of Wickliffe, OH.

Dave attended Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN where he was a ‘Double-Domer’, earning both his undergraduate Business and Law degrees. He was a longtime practicing attorney in Chardon for 66 years, where he and his wife Charlotte raised their (baseball team) nine children.

Dave was an amazing man, and a wonderful provider for his family. Dave and Charlotte devoted their entire lives to caring for all of their children and grandchildren. He was an Attorney and Counselor at Law, but mostly a Counselor and Consoler for his Clients. In addition to serving the legal needs of Geauga County, Dave was a humble, gentle and generous soul, having a profound impact on his Chardon Community. He served on the Chardon School Board and made time for everyone he would come in contact with. As a lifetime parishioner of St. Mary Catholic Church he was a Daily Mass Lector, served on the Finance Council, active participant in the Lady of Fatima Holy Hour, ministry leader of Eucharistic adoration, and Rosary Crusader. Carrying on the legacy of his Mother, Rose, Dave and Charlotte were founders of Lake-Geauga Birthright, an organization offering support for pregnant women in need. In recognition for his years of service for the Boy Scouts of America, Dave received the prestigious Silver Beaver Award.

Dave will be sorely missed by his Family and Community. The Eardley Family would like to thank the entire Community for all of your Love and Support. The Community truly rallied around our Family during this difficult time. We cherish all of your Prayers and Consideration for our Dad/Grandpa. For now, we hug and say Goodbye to our Father, Grandfather and Friend, until we meet up with him again in the Golden Rays of God’s Universal Light.

He was preceded in death by his wife Charlotte (Nee: Bink) Eardley and son David J. Eardley, Jr. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at Church of St. Mary, 401 North Street, Chardon, OH with Rev. Scott Goodfellow officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be from 1-3 pm and 5-9 pm on Friday, March 31, 2023, at DeJohn Funeral Home located at 12811 Chillicothe Rd, Chesterland, OH. Friends may also gather from 10am to 11:30am on Saturday at the Church of St. Mary prior to the Funeral Mass. Donations are suggested to The Church of St. Mary in Chardon. Services entrusted to the Potti & Marc F. Burr Funeral Homes of Chardon. The Obituary is online, condolences and memorial gifts are available at

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