GREENVILLE — David Feltman touched the lives of the many people he had come into contact in his 80 years of life.
He died Aug. 29, at his residence, and he will be eulogized at a memorial service Friday morning at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home. Family and friends will gather there today from 5 to 7 p.m. during visitation.
The lifetime resident of Darke County was a 1953 graduate of Greenville High School, attended Ohio University and is a 1957 graduate of Miami University. He began his employment with American Aggregates Corporation (AAC), which continued until March 1990 with 33 years of employment, he was appointed director of human resources for the Brethren Retirement Community until his retirement in 1999.
Feltman was also active in other capacities in the community. He served on the board of directors at Greenville Federal from 1980 to 2005, was a member of the Darke County Endowment for the Arts, having served on the Darke County Center for the Arts Board of Directors, was a member of the Greenville Public Library Board, a past deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church of Greenville and currently a member of the First Universalist Church of New Madison.
“As far as active at the bank, David was very active and engaged in the oversight in the community,” remarked Jeff Kniese, president and CEO of Greenville Federal. “He was always upbeat and had that level of support for Greenville Federal and the community. There was always a smile on his face. He chaired the compensation committee and was active in board meetings. David was on the board when I joined the bank in 2009. He and Roberta were kind to have me over for dinner before my family moved to Greenville. I enjoyed their hospitality and kindness.”
Kniese went on, “He was one of those people who are positive about everything. I never saw him down and never not having a good day. He was the type of people you really like to be around…he and Roberta both.”
“David was a wonderful man and a fantastic husband, father and grandfather,” said his widow Roberta, who met Feltman through a mutual friend. “His obit said it all.”
“David was a good, essential human being to the universe,” said Marilyn Delk, who is involved with the Darke County Center for the Arts. “He was remarkable and wonderful. He was director of Human Resources at the Brethren Home when I worked there. He was incredibly sane, fun to be with and had a delightful sense of humor. I worked with him on DCCA and also for the Endowment For the Arts Board. You turned to him when you wanted good advice.”
Gloria Horner said the Feltmans came into her and husband Jack’s lives when they came to the First Presbyterian Church.
“I got to know him too at the Brethren Home,” Gloria said. “I was in social service and transportation. He was very well liked out there and was a joy to be around. My Jack even went to school with Roberta’s sister, Betty. They knew the Wetzels. They were good people. I thoroughly enjoyed being around David. I never saw him as unkind and he was fun to be around. It’s such a sad some. There was something about him. He was a a hoot. He loved life and being around people.”
“Dave joined BRC in 1990 as our director of Human Resources and worked with us for nearly nine years,” said John Warner, president and CEO of the Brethren Retirement Community. “During that time, Dave was instrumental in helping build our HR Department. In fact, a number of the folks he hired are still with us today. For the past three years, Dave continued to give back to BRC as a volunteer in our library. On Tuesday mornings, we could count on him being at the desk with a smile ready to help our residents. We will miss seeing Dave here and certainly are grateful for his many contributions to BRC as a member of our team and volunteer.”
“He was a very kind and compassionate individual who was very community-minded,” said John Person, pastor of First Presbyterian Church. “He was a good friend and very caring individual. That really summarizes who he was.”
Ann Mills had this to say: “He was simply a very generous, kind man who will be missed dearly. “I was very shocked and saddened to learn of David’s passing. They are wonderful neighbors and he will be sadly missed by me and the girls. I appreciated all the times he helped me out with odds ‘n end things that I couldn’t do on my own. May he rest in peace.”
“I always enjoyed Dave’s smile and wisdom,” remarked Phil Crawford. “I got to know him most when he worked at Brethren Retirement Community and I was the administrator at Rest Haven. He was definitely a professional friend but, most of all, a personal friend.”
“I didn’t know David very well, only through Marilyn Light and his wife, Roberta,” commented Debby Sodders. “We had spoken and joked a few times at Brenda’s Beanery. I knew him as a friendly, kind individual who seemed to enjoy times with his friends.”