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David L. Culp 1946-2019

CHAMPION — David Lee Culp, age 73, of Champion, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully into eternal life Friday, July 19, 2019, at his residence.

He was born April 16, 1946, in Warren, the son of the late Dallas Edward Culp and Mable Marie McClain Culp.

David married the love of his life, Mary Lou Sohayda on July 18, 1969, and they enjoyed 50 years and one day of marriage together.

He was formerly of Leavittsburg, but moved to Champion Township in 1972. David worked as a carpenter for the No. 1438 & No. 171 Carpenters Union.

David served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed restoring antique tractors in his free time and was a member of the Ashtabula and Trumbull County Antique Tractor Club.

He was an avid gardener and was always piddling around on a project or helping family or friends with their projects. David had a selfless, giving spirit.

He was also very active in the community, being instrumental in the early years of the Champion youth soccer league and volunteering for the Trumbull MetroParks bike trail for several years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dallas Victor Culp and William E. Culp; and one sister, Lois Jane Kihn.

He is survived by his wife, Mary L. Culp of Champion; two sons, David and Melissa Culp of North Royalton and Daniel and Kristen Culp of Peninsula; two brothers, Charles and Patricia Culp of Cortland and Dennis and Lu Ann Culp of Warren; four grandchildren, Alexander, Ella, Nora and Nolan Culp. He was the best husband, father and grandfather. His years as a grandfather brought him tremendous joy.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Friends are welcome to bring pictures of any pieces of work David’s hands helped in building. There are countless works.

Cremation will take place. David will be laid to rest in Champion Township Cemetery. The family has requested that any donations be made to the charity of the donors’ choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444, 330-872-5440.

Family and friends may view David’s obituary online and send condolences. Please visit us at www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com.

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