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SGT. David T. Ovens

age 70, retired Hiram police officer and instructor at Kent State University Police Academy, beloved husband for 46 years of Kathy (nee Klinek); loving father of Kerre (Bryan Black) and Nicholas; proud papa of Aubree and Masen; devoted son of the late John and Hazel (nee Giles); dearest brother of  John (deceased), Richard (deceased) and Leonard; dear brother-in-law of Diane Niederst, Gail and Erick Preyss; uncle of John Scott Ovens and James, Jessica Preyss and Kristin. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of David to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

David was born on October 5, 1948 in Cleveland, OH and passed away April 4, 2019. He lived in Chesterland for 45 years and formerly Highland Heights. David was a member of FOP and was a US Navy Vietnam Veteran. He graduated from Mayfield High School in 1966. David was a retired police Sargent for Hiram police department, instructor at Kent State University Police Academy and previously an owner of Auto Air and Radiator. He loved the outdoors, hiking, cycling,running and gardening. David enjoyed classic cars, racquetball and being a range instructor. His favorite thing to do was spend time with his grandkid’s, especially while pond fishing. David will be remembered for his great sense of humor and his unforgettable laugh. He was a generous, loving and outgoing man who was very hard working. David will be greatly missed.

Celebration of Life Service Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 11 AM at The Funeral Home. Burial following at All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of David at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) WEDNESDAY 4-8  PM.

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  1. Dear Kathy and family, offering our heartfelt condolences on Dave’s passing. He was a wonderful guy and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Pastor Mike Currier

    So sorry that I cannot be with you this week as I am on vacation with my wife. You are certainly in my thoughts and prayers as you make this difficult adjustment in your life. I am glad that I was able to be a part of your lives so many years ago and that your lives have been so blessed. Feel free to call on me in the days and weeks ahead. God bless you.

  3. Kathy and family
    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Sgt David always had a special place in my heart even after I left dispatching he still visited me at McDonald’s. He was a very special person.
    He always had funny jokes and stories. Made dispatching fun. He will true my be missed.

  4. May your fond memories of sharing times together help you in the grieving processs. Sending sympathy and prayers to you and your family. Beautifully written obituary.

  5. We are praying for you!!
    All our love…
    Deb, Paul and the Vocon Family

  6. I first met Sgt. David Ovens at the Kent State Police Academy. He was by far one of my favorite instructors and taught me a lot. After graduating he spoke to me in regards to working at the Hiram Police Department. I worked beside Dave and will always remember the lessons he taught me as a young man. He was a true role model and someone I looked up too. Everyone who knew him won’t forget his amazing personality, stories and his laugh. He always knew how to brighten up a room. I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Dave will remains in the hearts of many as he has made a big impact in a lot of lives. Sending prayers to the family during this time.

  7. Catherine Kieley

    Dear Kathy & Family:
    I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was an amazing man. He loved his family, his students, his job, and his life. With his dedication, knowledge, experience, and wit, he touched the lives of literally thousands of students at Kent State police academy. He was truly “One-of-a-Kind.”
    Sincerely,
    Catherine K.

  8. the Davis Family Lisa, Mike Patrick, Lori and Addison Erik and Abby Kevin

    Kathy and Family,
    It was an honor to call David our friend. He always made everyone smile. I have so many happy memories working with him at the Hiram Police Department and from our Halloween Parties. He will truly be missed.

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