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Ethridge, David A.

David A. Ethridge, born on March 21, 1940 to Cecil and Gladys Eck Ethridge, died Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at UPMC Hamot. Having grown up in Mill Village, David graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School, and then Edinboro State Teachers College with a Math Degree. He subsequently taught school in Lockport, NY and Union City, PA until 1972 when he and his father Cecil and brother Ted founded LeBoeuf Plant Food in Mill Village. He operated the business until 1993.

Ethridge, DavidDavid’s life changed forever in 1979 when he married Jeanne Henne from Titusville, PA. In 1984, they adopted four children who survive: Susan Brak (husband Adrian) and their daughter Mia, Michael Ethridge and his two daughters- Emma and Carol, Libby Wischner (husband Carl) and their son Henry, and Jonathan Ethridge (wife Jessica) and their five children- Peyton, Alana, Tyler, Brayden, and Casey.

After selling the fertilizer business in 1993, Dave and Jeanne bought a dairy farm in Centerville, PA to provide meaningful work for their children. His remaining years were filled with building two homes, welcoming grandchildren, and traveling. He was an active member of Mount Pleasant Chapel in Union City for 29 years.

In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, David is survived by a sister, Nancy Peters and her husband George, several nieces and nephews, and his beloved corgi, Jack.

Friends are invited to call at Mount Pleasant Chapel, Mt. Pleasant Road (east), Union City, PA on Sunday, October 4th from 2-4 p.m. The funeral service will be held there Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Pastor Dave Nolan. Committal service and burial will follow at Mill Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Pleasant Chapel.

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9 Comments To "Ethridge, David A."

#1 Comment By David Miller On October 1, 2020 @ 1:27 pm

My deepest condolences to the Ethridge family at this difficult time in your lives. I did not know Mr. Ethridge personally, but I know his son, Mike. It took great love and courage to adopt children that were not your own. You took the time to raise them and mold them into productive and contributing members of society with their own families. As a father with grown sons as well, my hat tips to your many years of caring, preparing, and sharing your children with the world.

To the Ethridge family- reflect on the good times, laugh at the silly times, and cry when you need to do so. I pray for all of you – the peace and love of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit as you grieve the loss of your loved one.

#2 Comment By Barbara Eck Duchini On October 1, 2020 @ 2:58 pm

My deepest sympathy to you all! I loved talking to Dave! He was one of the smartest and most interesting people I know. I’m glad I got the chance to talk to him this past summer and give him those family pictures. He will be missed by so many!

#3 Comment By Susan Bell On October 1, 2020 @ 8:58 pm

Our sympathy and prayers are with you at this time, Jeanne and family. There have been many good memories made over the years with you and David and we will miss him, too.

May the love and care of our heavenly Father surround your family at this time, and on each day to come as you grieve this loss and the huge hole it leaves in your lives. I pray that each day you will remember a bit of his “sage” advice or an opinion he expressed about something or other and will smile at the memory. May God hold you in the palm of His loving hand.

#4 Comment By Fred Schroth On October 1, 2020 @ 9:56 pm

The man was pretty much my idol for all
my years in high school. There was a group of Twelve if us who had him as teacher for Geometry in ninth grade
Algebra two and solid geometry in tenth grade
trigonometry as juniors
And as seniors we drove him nuts twice a day for calculus and physics and three times a day with a physics lab on Wednesday
As for me he gets all the credit for my
Perfect score on the Math SAT and Math achievement tests. It all came from him.
Twenty years after he fed solid geometry into my head I sat one night with pencil and a ruler and designed the elipitical front of my keel design that has won multiple national, North American and world championships.
His math was behind the design of the underwater foils on the silver medal winning Soling Sailboat in the Barcelona Olympics.
Whenever I have had a chance over the last forty years to explain why my boat shop makes the world’s fastest keels, the listener gets to hear about my high school math teacher. “We had this super duper high school math teacher.”
St David lives on !!

#5 Comment By Emmitt, Katie and Kyle Adkins On October 2, 2020 @ 9:58 am

To the Ethridge Family, our family’s thoughts and prayers go out to yours during this time. I never met David, but he helped raise some of the best people I have ever met. May God bless and keep each of you close while bringing you together during this time.

#6 Comment By david d pifer On October 2, 2020 @ 12:28 pm

My condolences to Jean and family. I have know Dave all my life, we grew up together in Mill Village and have remained friends for over 75 years. We worked many summers together either haying, working at MFG boat factory and Carnation milk.Also we both taught school for many years. He was the best man at Peg’s and my wedding over 57 years ago. I will miss his intellect on all subject weather I agreed with him or not, we were sorry we could not visit he and Jean this summer{ from Florida} due to Covid. RIP dear friend.

#7 Comment By David Cross On October 2, 2020 @ 9:44 pm

My heart goes out to the Ethridge family. I had the honor of serving with David’s son Michael, and the pleasure of meeting David once. David was able to make an impact in countless lives both directly and indirectly. The World is a better place because he was here. We should all strive to achieve even a fraction of his life’s work. I hope that his family will find peace in their grief knowing that his legacy lives on through them.

#8 Comment By Mark Smrcka On October 2, 2020 @ 11:08 pm

My Sympathy and prayers to you Jeanne,and family. I will always remember the memories made in high school with David and you! May God be with you in this difficult time.

#9 Comment By John Estes On October 3, 2020 @ 3:20 pm

David Ethridge – a good man, and a great, selfless, caring teacher. And, he was that “one” who helped me establish a foundation based on math on which I built up my confidence which stayed with me throughout all of my entire working life.

It was always in the back of my mind, but I never said it out loud about David Ethridge being “that guy” until I had a Dean ask me directly “who gave you this tickle to get you so much into math”?

As a youth, I always had a goal to be able to get out and see the world. That established confidence with math got me a great electrical engineering career with a major corporation that allowed me to travel creating studies and solving problems around the world.

In the mid-80″s I was able to start my own company, a new Electrical Engineering Services Business working directly for power clients throughout the world. As part of the business, we developed software solutions to aid in solving our client’s problems – and until I sold the business, all of our engineers would always have to go back to the math to prove that the software solution was correct in its analysis. That was a “David” thing for me – does my engineer understand the problem enough that he can always be able to solve it by doing the math.

I was fortunate that I was always able to keep up on how David was doing through my brother-in-law’s regular contact with him. I always wanted to grab a 6-pak and a couple of lawn chairs and sit and shoot the bull with David – but that never happened. And I am so sorry for that! But I did get to talk to him last year at my 50th.

Thanks, Mr.. Ethridge for that “tickle” that helped me to become a great electrical engineer, which allowed me to see the world and have a very satisfying and successful career.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Ethridge Family at this time.