DAVE ENOCHSDave Enochs passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Dec. 3 due to complications from Leukemia.
Louis L’Amour said, “To die is nothing. One is here, one is no longer here. It is only at the end one must be able to say 'I was a man'.” Dave Enochs can say this with ease and conviction throughout his life. Although some may not believe it, Dave Enochs is mortal.
He passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Dec. 3 due to complications from Leukemia. He was 85.
Dave was born on March 18, 1927, and raised in Duluth. His parents were James B. and Pauline F.; his older brother Victor Enochs.
Dave graduated from Duluth Central High School and from Ohio State in Mining Engineering. He and the love of his life Mary Anne Baremore Enochs were married Dec. 27, 1951, in Akron, Ohio. They met while in school at The Ohio State University, where Dave was a member of the OSU Diving Team. Dave continued springboard diving through this summer, working out at Wildwood and the YMCA.
There he thoughtfully encouraged divers of all ages to improve. Dave devoted his life to serving God in many ways including through the 1st Presbyterian Church of Middletown and the YMCA. He served the church as a member, Deacon, and Elder, and the YMCA as President of the Y (three times) and Board member, on the board and interim Director of Family Services, and on the board of Big Brothers. Dave spent much of his life outdoors – as a kid and an adult. He backpacked, canoed, rafted, and skied most years of his life. His last trip to the Boundary Waters of Minnesota was this past August. His other passion was people. He combined those passions by establishing Explorer Post 1 in 1958. Over 53 years he touched the lives of over 750 kids through the outdoor interest organization.
Dave enlisted in the Navy in 1945 during World War II and the Air Force in 1951 during the Korean War, serving state-side in both. He traveled the world as a mining engineer for Armco Steel for nearly 30 years.
His travels took him to places white men had never been. In short, a real-life “Indiana Jones”. After leaving Armco Dave and friend Hal Haugen started a natural gas brokerage business. They remained active until ending the company a couple of months ago. Throughout all his travels across the world and adventures throughout the wilderness, his favorite spot was in front of the fireplace in the house he designed and built, holding hands with his wife Mary. Life is Sweet.
He is survived by wife Mary (Middletown); sons Jim (Marilyn) (Sheridan, Wyoming); daughter Nancy (Jim) (Boise, Idaho), John (Linda) (Empire, Colorado), and Mark (Susan) (Rosemount, Minnesota), and 11 grandkids, and one great grandson.
SERVICE: 3 p.m. Saturday in the First Presbyterian Church, Middletown, Ohio with Rev. Tim Doty officiating. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Friday in the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, Middletown, Ohio. Burial will be at the Forest Hills Cemetery, Duluth. Donations may be made to the YMCA and First Presbyterian Church of Middletown in lieu of flowers. A guestbook is available at www.breitenbachfuneralhome.com. “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” Louis L'Amour
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