David R. Chenoweth
WARREN — Attorney David R. Chenoweth, 94, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at his residence.
He was born on Nov. 9, 1921, in Cleveland, the son of the late Harley and Pearl Moore Chenoweth.
David Richard Chenoweth served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Lt. Chenoweth was assigned to the Fleet Marine Force of the Pacific. During his enlistment, he saw action with Japanese Forces at Kwajalein , Guam, Peleliu, and Iwo Jima.
Lt. Chenoweth was honored by the U.S. government several times for his military activities. Before his Honorable Discharge to the Navel Reserves on Jan. 20, 1946, he had been awarded The Bronze Star Metal, The Navy Unit Citation, and Asiatic Pacific Metal with four campaign stars.
By 1945, Lt. Chenoweth had been assigned to the newly formed 5th Marine Division. The 5th Division saw its first combat action during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Lt. Chenoweth was wounded after he had landed and secured a dangerous lookout position where he could direct artillery from the Navy ships offshore toward enemy locations.
The Department of Defense had overlooked this event but after the matter was brought to their attention he was awarded The Military Order of the Purple Heart on his 93th birthday celebration that was attended by his family and state and local officials. He also received proclamations from Sen. Sherrod Brown, U.S. Rep. Timothy Ryan, Trumbull County commissioners and Warren Mayor Doug Franklin and City Council.
David was an attorney and Trust Officer of the Union Savings and Trust Co., longtime member of the 1st Presbyterian Church and board member of the Warren Salvation Army and Oakwood Cemetery Association. He taught real estate law at Kent State University, Trumbull Campus.
His wife, Olwen “Babs” Chenoweth, taught many in the community to swim as a swimming instructor for the YWCA and the Trumbull County Chapter of the American Red Cross. They were married May 12, 1945, and she proceded him in death on Aug. 21, 1989.
David attended Cleveland schools and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan College with his bachelor’s degree and then the University of Michigan Law School in 1948. He was admitted to the Ohio Bar and moved to Warren the same year where he and “Babs” raised their 3 children who survive, daughters: Mary (Gene) Ramba of Cocoa, Florida, and Constance Davis of Warren, with whom David made his home, and son, Richard (Karen) Chenoweth of Warren. He also has 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren of whom he is very proud of.
Besides his wife, he is preceded in death by his son-in-law, Terry Davis.
David’s family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McFarland & Son Funeral Home, Warren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on his birthday, Wednesday, at the funeral home. Services of final committal will follow at Oakwood Cemetery with full military honors.
His family suggest contributions be made in the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley – Trumbull County, 5000 E. Market St., Suite 19, Warren, OH 44484; Salvation Army, Trumbull Co., 270 Franklin St. SE, Warren, OH 44483, and/or Angels for Animals, 4750 state Route 165, Canfield, OH 44406.
Arrangements are entrusted to McFarland and Son Funeral and Cremation Services Co, 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481, 330-393-9621.
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