David Alan Younkman


David Alan Younkman, 79, of West Liberty, passed away Saturday morning, March 29, 2014, at Green Hills Community, West Liberty.

He was born in Ravenna on Feb. 18, 1935, to the late Daniel and Beryl Crooks Younkman.

On June 7, 1958, he married the former Jane Mikesell at the West Liberty United Methodist Church and she preceded him in death Nov. 10, 2011. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Kutz.

David is survived by his sons, Derek (Jane Riggs) Younkman of Indian Lake and Jon (Kamila) Younkman of Dublin; four granddaughters, Brittany, Bethany, Alyson and Amanda Younkman; and a sister, Anita (Bill) Ryan of Cannonsburg, Pa.

David was a graduate of Ravenna High School and obtained his bachelor of science degree in economics in 1957 from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

A U.S. Navy veteran, David grew up in the construction business and worked alongside his father as a general contractor in northeastern Ohio. Later, he was a vice president of Ryan Homes in Pittsburgh before he semi-retired in 1977 and moved his family to Logan County, where he started managing several farms that he had invested in over the years. During this time, he was an active member and former officer of the American Soybean Association and the Ohio Soybean Association. He also continued to develop land and build homes in and around Bellefontaine. 

David enjoyed traveling, snow skiing and boating. He was a member of the West Liberty United Methodist Church.

Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, West Liberty, where Pastor Lee Ortman officiates a funeral at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial is at Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Macochee Joint Ambulance District, 319 Newell St., West Liberty OH 43357; and the West Liberty Fire Department, 201 N. Detroit St., West Liberty OH 43357.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.