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David Lee McCracken
David Lee McCrackenMarinesDavid Lee McCracken, 77, of Richwood, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, August 19, 2019.

He was born on April 12, 1942 in Ashland to the late Albert and Jean (Dessenberg) McCracken, he was also preceded in death his first wife Nancy Motter. On November 4, 1975 he married the former Barbara Estep in Florence, South Carolina and she survives in Richwood.

He graduated from Ashland High School in 1960. David enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served from 1966 until 1972. He also served in the Air National Guard for three years, as well as the Army National Guard. He had served as a Police Officer for Ashland City as well as a Sheriff’s Deputy for Ashland County.

David had worked as the Water and Wastewater Superintendent and also served as the Village Administrator for the Village of Richwood in the late eighties and early nineties. He also worked for Honda of America where he was a team leader until retiring in 2003.

He is survived by his wife, Barb McCracken, his children Keith (Barb) McCracken, Shreve; Deena Meyer, Wooster; Dirk McCracken, Richwood; Tabatha (Brian) Saunders, Richwood; Jennifer (David) Hawkins, Richwood; Amber McCracken, Richwood; and Melissa (Anthony) Van Hoose, Richwood. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Sunshine, Levi, Kristine, Brianna, Dawson, Abagail, Katlyn, Kaylee, Emma, Ayden, Kenden, Hezekiah, Colton and Ava; four great grandchildren; siblings, Donald (Alyce) McCracken, Ann (Bill) Callahan and Susan (Mark) Hamilton.

David was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening. He relished time with his family, especially when it came to his grandchildren. He was a proud Marine often stating, “Not as mean, not as lean but still a Marine.”

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:00 am at Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Joe Rhea officiating. Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Union County Honor Guard. Friends may call on Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the funeral home in Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to Loving Care Hospice, P. O. Box 613, Marysville, OH 43040.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com


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#1 from: joe jerry sloop
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 2:03 PM

So very sorry about Dave. He was a very nice man and I no how you kids adored him. He will be watching down on all of you, RIP Dave

#2 from: Angie Hoover
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 2:12 PM

I just would like to say thanks for your services for our country!!!!Praying for the family.God rest his soul!!!

#3 from: Diana Jordan
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 2:36 PM

So sorry for your family's loss.  Sending prayers.

#4 from: Stephen Wagy
17 Cherry St. Richwood Ohio
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 2:37 PM

I'm so sorry. Thoughts and prayers for all. RIP. Worked a lot with Dave at Honda. Very nice guy, very hard worker. Thank you for your service and dedication and sacrifice to all.

#5 from: Nicole Gree
Richwood, Ohio
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 2:40 PM

So sorry for your loss! Dave was a great man! He will be missed by ao many. Love you all, and you will be in our prayers! May God be with you in your time of mourning!

#6 from: Linda Raupp
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 3:36 PM

I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Dave was a good person And will be
Greatly missed.

#7 from: Ann McCracken Callahan
Carmel, Indiana
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 3:48 PM

I always looked up to my big brother Dave.  I send my love and condolences to all my nieces and nephews who have lost their dad.  And I send my condolences to Barb, who although she and Dave parted ways, loved him through good times and bad.

#8 from: Patrice Ford
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 4:12 PM

I didn't know Dave very well ,But I  do know he was a very Nice Man He loved all his grandchildren  very much ,Prayers to all  ~Rest in Heaven

#9 from: Sandi Losh
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 4:19 PM

Barb and family,r
I'm sorry to hear about Dave. He always watched out for me when I moved to the neighborhood..Not to many genuine people like him anymore.You are all in my prayers during this time.

#10 from: Dana Owens
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 4:20 PM

My love, prayers and deepest sympathy to all of Dave's family. He was a wonderful friend and neighbor for many years. Words can not express how much he will be missed.

#11 from: Traci Hoffman
West Mansfield
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 6:58 PM

So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all. Sending prayers of comfort during this time.  

#12 from: Ella Davis
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 7:01 PM

I am so saddened to hear of your loss.  My deepest condolences to all of you!  Prayers coming your way my friends❣️🙏🏼😢

#13 from: Glena Savage
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 8:15 PM

Dear Barb, Girls, and Family,
My heart is saddened by your loss. Please be assured that I will be lifting you in prayer in the coming moments, days, and weeks.  Our Hope lies in the Grace and Mercy we find in Jesus. He will carry you in His arms like a shepherd and comfort you. May God bless each of you with His Peace.

#14 from: Doris Shoup Griffith
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 10:37 PM

Please accept my sympathy in the loss of your husband, Barb, and your father, my McCracken girls.  I am so sorry. It is hard to lose a loved one so close to you. May God give each of you his strength in the days to come. Love, Doris

#15 from: Howard F Stover Jr
Dayton, OH 45420
Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 11:02 AM

Dear family, I'm so sorry for your loss. He and I worked together at Honda, he was a great man and will be missed. GOD has him now and he is at peace. I Know the pain of your loss. He lives on in your hearts forever.To you all I hope you find peace and I pray for you all R.I.P. brother God Bless the family. I LOVE YOU ALL..Howie

#16 from: Jack Dovenbarger
Rockwall Texas
Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 1:55 PM

First let express my deepest sympathies to Barb and all of the children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers and sisters of one of my dearest friends Dave.
I have known Dave for more years than I can recall. Let’s say over 50 years. Dave was a dear friend of my entire family. We worked together a couple of different times. I love him like a brother and will miss our conversations. Though I did not get to visit in person for many years we were still in touch and shared a lot of our lives with each other. Know that In our conversations Dave was so dedicated to each of you and loved you with all his heart and soul. Although his earthly presence is no longer, rest assured that his spirit will always be with you as it is with me.
I was so thankful to share some of my thoughts with Amber recently and know she will share with the rest of you.

To Dave my dearest friend!
Semper Fi


#17 from: david l Askey
Tombstone, Arizona
Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 4:25 PM

Not only were we both United States Marines, we served together at the Ashland County Sheriff's Dept. Great memories of an outstanding man.
Semper Fi!

#18 from: johna nibert
Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 8:07 AM

So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with your family
             Johna Nibert

#19 from: Joe Kessler
Ashland, Ohio
Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 5:21 PM

A most sincere condolence to you and your family at this time of loss.  I never had the pleasure of meeting David but the loss of a family member is never an easy time.
Although we have not seen you around 3G4 for far too long, you're still thought of most fondly here and you all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Joe Kessler  3G4 Ashland, Ohio Airport

#20 from: Sherri Buyer
Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 9:19 PM

Dirk and family! I'm truly sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
God Bless Sherri

#21 from: Steven Plice
Ashland Ohio
Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 8:44 PM

Deepest Sympathy for Mac and his Family.  Worked together at ACSO for several years.  Was a good Man.
"Semper Fi" Mac..

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