Dave L. Brehm, 58, of Findlay passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at his residence in the loving care of family and friends.
Dave had a laugh that came all the way from the tips of his toes and exploded with his joy-filled smile to warm those around him. He was an enthusiastic hugger. He loved through kind deeds and hard work. When his wife babysat, he handled the care of those children along with caring for his two boys, he was the relief sitter. A friend needed a ride, he was the chauffer. The church needs a dishwasher, Dave grabs a scrubber. Help with home repairs, he has that tool and will be right over. Always with a willing spirit, a plan of sorts, and a grin…. Never like it was a chore.
Dave was a man that gave 100% of himself as a family man, friend, church member, and business owner. He was very often the behind the scenes reason other people’s plans turned out well. Dave often blessed people without them even knowing who he was, doing kind things just because their seemed to be a need.
Dave loved his family sacrificially. He willingly (mostly) dressed up as Santa and a reindeer to be filmed for a music video for a school project. He ate cheese-less cheese puffs because his child thought it was a good gift to share. Dave was road-side assistance 24/7 to us all and he would whip up a batch of cocoa oat cookies from memory because they are his son’s favorite. He cleaned up after the pets, frequently did the dishes, and weeded the gardens and flower bed just because he knew his wife really didn’t like those chores.
Dave started DAVE’S HAULING along with his wife in 2000. He worked hard but enjoyed serving people and getting to talk to them along the way. He knew many of his customers from taking the time to talk with them and care about them.
Dave loved building demolition derby cars and driving them, bowling on his church league, and going to Cincinnati Reds events with his family. He really enjoyed playing catch with his dog, Watson. Thankfully he was able to do that one last time after coming home with hospice. He was hoping to see the Cleveland Browns win the Superbowl just once.
Dave is the father of two sons, David M. and Benjamin W., that he was very proud of and loved more than he could express in words. He was an extremely patient, forgiving, and loving husband to Amy.
Dave is preceded in death by his parents William and Carolyn and his brother, Scott.
He is survived by his wife, Amy: his sons, David and Benjamin: sister, Sheryl: brother, Kurt and his long-time business partner and friend, Mark Helfrich as well as a couple of great kids that considered him to be an extra grandpa. He was also blessed to have long-time friends that he cared deeply about and that have been his support system through the years. His family is very thankful for the love they have shown in the past and during this time of change. We are especially grateful to our church, family, and friends for the many kindnesses they have shown in prayer, word, and deeds.
Dave was buried at Foxfield Nature Preserve in a private, natural service on Saturday February 8, 2020. There will be a celebration of his life in the form of a cookout in the spring as that man loved a good cookout. A notice will be published.
13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.
If you would like to donate to the Foxfield Nature Preserve, P.O. Box 202, Wilmot, OH 44689, in Dave’s name they will provide more trees for the forest where he is buried.
If you feel led, the family would love to have you write down a favorite memory of Dave and send it to them at P.O. Box 1226 Findlay, OH 45839-1226.
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