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1632 Wayne Avenue
Dayton, OH 45410
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David Mutter

David Mutter

Monday, February 15th, 1954 - Sunday, December 22nd, 2019
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David Michael Mutter, of Union, Ohio passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Sunday, December 22st at Hospice of Dayton, due to complications after a long battle with cancer. He was 65 years of age.

David, known as Dave to his many lifelong friends, was born in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1954 and called many communities home, including MacArthur, Cambridge and Waverly, before the family settled in Vandalia, Ohio at Aullwood Children’s Farm in 1963. David graduated from Vandalia Butler High School with the class of 1972, and later studied art, drawing and sculpture, and was a particularly avid student of Bing Davis at the Riverbend Art Center. David worked for over 40 years as a bricklayer and master of all thing’s masonry, as well as carpentry, he was responsible for building literally hundreds of office buildings, churches, industrial facilities, homes and other structures, including the historically accurate outdoor baking ovens for Carriage Hill MetroPark; he had recently retired in 2017. He was an avid reader, a longtime fan of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King and others. He also enjoyed movies, and always tried to see all the “big films” on opening weekend, following James Bond, the Star Wars Saga, The Lord of the Rings movies, Indiana Jones and many, many others.

David had a passion for cooking and often presided over family gatherings from behind the grill making his famous “Poppa D” steaks, he hosted countless Friday night pizza parties for friends and family alike, and always made the Holidays special with his black walnut chocolate chews and other treasured treats. He dreamed of opening a restaurant and writing a cookbook, and was working on compiling his recipes with his sister Shay during his final weeks.

David was a lifelong musician, playing baritone, euphonium and trombone in the marching and concert bands at Vandalia-Butler High School, as well as playing guitar in numerous garage bands in the late 60s and 1970s. As his talent grew, he aspired to play like his heroes, Jimi Hendrix, George Benson and Stanley Clarke. He was very proud of owning his Gibson ES 335, and played it often.

David is survived by his loving children Sheldon and Larisa (Max) Rebello, and their mother Deborah Todd (Kobesy), four beloved grandchildren, Kai Mutter, Kellen Mutter, Ashley and Elias Rebello, and one extremely special and beloved great grand-daughter, Lia Sue; his loving parents, mother Cecil Mae Beers (Mutter/Thompson) father and step-mother Dane and Priscilla(Arthur) Mutter, his siblings, sister Shay Mutter, and brothers Dane (Joyce) Mutter Jr and Denis (Melissa) Mutter, his brother-in-law Barry McCormack, nieces and nephews Benson McCormack, Colin Mutter and Alexis Mutter; his step siblings, Kenneth (Gretchen) Beers Jr., Richard (Debbie) Beers, Jeffrey Beers and Heather (David) Klepitsch; his extended family, “step-children” Darla Kibler (Glennon) and her children, Audrey, Adrian, Xamon, Dixie; Kristin Kibler (Walker) and her children Flora, Pearl, Waylon and Ira; and Justin Kibler.

David was preceded in death by his sister Susan McCormack (Mutter), and his step father Dr. Kenneth Beers, Sr.

There will be a memorial celebration in the afternoon of February 15th to honor the life of this beloved family member and friend, details to be announced at a later time.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    When
    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location
    Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
    Address
    8690 Yankee Street
    DAYTON, OH 45458
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
    Address
    8690 Yankee Street
    DAYTON, OH 45458
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Denis Mutter

Posted at 08:27pm
My little big brother Dave was many things to many people - but I think mostly, he was a teacher. He would impart little tidbits of wisdom, as he saw fit, to the people in his life, Every day. We don’t have time for me to run through all of the wisdom Dave dropped on me over years.. but let’s see...

How to take a punch, how to have a beer with lunch, about pawn shops and traffic stops how to be cool man, it’s the cops , card tricks and starter clicks. The value of a good joke, how to roll a good smoke - practical wisdom. He was Like a walking Boy Scout manual.

He Helped me learn to play trombone and guitar - how to drive a car, he taught me about laying brick and block and being a good hod carrier, how to set up scaffold, how to not fall off a scaffold. What to do when you fall off a scaffold…

How to tell good beer from bad beer, and how to not care if it’s bad beer,

When to stand up, and when to walk away,

When is rhubarb ripe? Which part is ok to eat? The root? the leaf? Oh yeah the stem - No - the Stalk, that’s it. See I should have paid more attention.

He taught me the difference between knitting and crocheting, how to weave a placemat, how to make a milk shake, which size model train was the best, which mushroom to pick and which one to leave -

Although I’m not one, he taught me how to be a dad, how to be a big brother, how much mischief you can get into before you cross the line, I learned from Dave not just through his words, but from his actions, by mistakes he made, hits HE took so I wouldn’t have too - a lot times those were hard lessons. Some times, I learned those lessons even when he didn’t.

Knitting needles, crochet hooks. How to drop a new engine into a 66 F 150, how to change a tire, lefty loosey righty tighty, oh - except for the reverse threads on A dodge on the passenger side don’t forget that. That was a bad Saturday. Zen and the art of karmen ghea maintenance. Make sure you bring your left handed torque wrench.

It was almost never a straight forward lesson, there was a lot of osmosis, picking up the wisdom you needed - when he decided you needed it. I remember the summer of 1982 - it was hot - Dave wanted to go fishing and have a little float in the canoe, maybe catch dinner. He had something else in mind - but I had no idea - we loaded the canoe on top of his old baby blue karmen ghea, drove up Aullwood road to the park across from mrs auils house - you know, down that hairpin turn on the steep hill to the spillway below the dam? He talked on the short drive, some stuff about clutches and chokes and gas - whatever dude - Let’s hit the river - we unloaded the canoe and gear, dropped it into the river - here’s where the lesson comes in - Keys are in it, he says as he pushed off - see you at home. That’s the day I learned to drive a stick. Uphill, blind curve, aullwood road. He could probably hear the gears grind all the way down to the Stillwater. But I made it. He made sure I’d heard how to do it - the lesson - it wasn’t always pretty, but it got the job done.

Now, Dave has joined our sister Sue, scouting ahead, getting the lay of land… and probably gently teaching somebody out there how it’s really done.

TH

Tina Haag

Posted at 09:55am
Dave was my husband Eric’s stepbrother. Although they were years apart in age and didn’t grow up together we had e special memories. When I joined the family in 2002 he welcomed me to the family. When each of our girls were born he welcomed them. We have memories of being at the family cabin on Pelee island together. Dave’s Christmas cookies were always the best. Finally one year he willingly shared his recipe! We have fun memories of coming into town and meeting up with Dane and Priscilla on a Friday evenings. Dave always would join us as we celebrated at Marian’s Pizza. Prayers for the family he leaves behind and esp his children. They knew they were loved by him. I know his mom and a grandpa Dane grieve so hard. As a parent you never think you will outlive your kids.
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