1925 — 2013
David Frederick Hart left this life to join his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 27 from the Mennonite Village in Albany.
Dave, as he was called, was born in 1925 in Colorado, the second of five children, to Edward and Catherine Hart. The family moved to Corvallis when Dave was a boy. After graduating from Corvallis High School, he entered Oregon State College. During World War II, Dave left his studies to join the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he trained as a B-17 radio/gunner. The war ended before he saw combat.
Dave married a Corvallis girl, Agnes Beals, and together they raised four children. Before settling into a career as a bank loan officer, Dave supported his family by working in construction, as a door-to-door salesman, a grocery store owner, in mutual funds and insurance, and as an accountant. He finished his banking career as branch manager for Western Bank in Brookings.
Dave enjoyed all kinds of games and was an intense competitor. He also had a reputation as a passionate spectator at his grandsons’ junior high and high school athletic events.
Dave immensely enjoyed music, playing baritone, trumpet and piano, but was better known for his fine baritone voice. He was in great demand at weddings, funerals and church services, and also sang in a men’s gospel quartet that made a vinyl recording in the late 1950s.
After Agnes died in 1997, Dave married Verda Bowerman and lived at the Mennonite Village. Verda passed away in 2011.
Dave is survived by his children Randy (Carol), Warren and John (Merry) Hart, and Junia (Tom) Simonson; grandsons Joseph Hart, and Joel, Matt and John Simonson; a great-granddaughter, Maria Hart; siblings Carolyn Lockwood, Catherine Yorton and John Hart; and Verda’s six children, Linda Lee, Ron Bowerman, M.D., Rhonda Mertz, Carolyn Presley, Angela Bowerman-Rouede and Jon Bowerman.
Dave was a follower of Jesus Christ and was dependent on Jesus’ death on his behalf for the forgiveness of sins. He expected to be with his Lord upon departure from this life.
He was a good father and provider, but the greatest gift he gave to his children was to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. His greatest joy was to see his children respond to the Lord’s call and place their own faith and trust in Jesus. His children fully expect to see him again when it is their own turn to depart life on earth.
For those who knew Dave, a memorial service to celebrate his life and passage will take place at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Northwest Hills Community Church in Corvallis. It will be held in building W4, a large house located at the west end of the church parking area. Those attending are encouraged to bring memories of Dave to share either orally or in writing.
Those wishing to send cards or flowers can address them to the attention of Randy Hart, Northwest Hills Community Church, 3300 N.W. Walnut Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97330.