David Edgar Kendall, 78, of Marietta, passed away at 2:45 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 4, 2012) at Riverside Methodist Hospital.
He was born July 31, 1934, in Marietta, to Elmer and Ella May Ames. Dave attended Marietta High School.
On April 17, 1966, David and Mary Maxine Groves were united in marriage in a small ceremony in St. Marys, W.Va.
Dave was employed at many of the area car dealerships as a salesman. He was a true trivia buff, an avid sports fan, mainly football and baseball. He loved a good book while sitting on the porch. He was a longtime member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1823. Although not affiliated with a specific church or religion, his faith and belief in God was important to him. Dave was a devoted family man to his wife and two daughters; he loved holidays when the family was all at home again.
David is survived by his wife, Mary Kendall of Marietta; two daughters, Sandy Purdy of Marietta and Tracey Kendall Fransisco (Doug), Holt, Michigan; two stepsons, Robert Carpenter of Marietta and Larry Carpenter of Marietta; eight grandchildren, Chris Matheny (Lacey), Williamstown, Jenna Radabaugh (James), Marietta, Thomas Fletcher (Alana), Holt, Michigan, Kristian Fletcher, Las Vegas, Nevada, Chad Carpenter, Marietta, Brian Carpenter (Angie), North Carolina, Brent Carpenter, Marietta, Bradley Carpenter (Bobbie), Stockport; and his favorite daughter-in-law, Patricia Carpenter of Stockport; and many great-grandchildren. David is also survived by his only sibling, Richard Gephart (June), of Reno; and many great friends and neighbors.
There will be a celebration of life at 1 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 21, 2012) at the Marietta Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5108.
"Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."