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David “Dave” Shifferly, 68

David “Dave” Shifferly, 68, passed away peacefully in his home
Monday, October 23, 2023 after a year-long battle with cancer.  David
bravely and valiantly fought this insidious disease all the while
keeping an optimistic outlook and showing everyone around him
courage, love and compassion.  David walked through life flashing an
infectious smile making all those around him laugh and feel at ease
with his quick wit and easy manner.  David never met a stranger who
didn’t become a friend after knowing him.
David is preceded in death by parents Harold and Catharine
Shifferly and mother-in-law Margie Lynn. He is survived by his
beloved wife; Cathy Lynn Shifferly brother to Jim (Valerie) Shifferly,
Kenneth (Marti) Shifferly, Linda (Dave) Dohner, Susan (Randy)
Hart, Dennis (Sharon) Shifferly, and Janet (Brett) Haverlick, and
many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
David and Cathy married in 2001 enjoying 22 wonderful years
together after meeting at the 356th Bombadiers Squadron in N.
Canton.  Cathy soon fell in love with Dave’s blue eyes and infectious
smile. They both graduated high school in 1973 and had no previous
marriages.  They lived together in Barberton in the beautiful house
Dave built in his mid-30’s.

Dave served several years as altar boy at St. Augustines’ Church in
Barberton.  In his pre-teens, David worked mowing lawns and pulling
weeds and in his teens he caddied at the Rosemont Country Club.  In
1981, he started his business; National Equipment Sales, buying
and selling new and rebuilt diesel engines for industrial use.  It was
not unusual for him to work through the night and sleep at his shop
and also to work through weekends when first starting out as he was
driven to succeed.  Dave grew his business in Clinton, OH to 3
buildings (over 150,000 square feet) selling internationally, although
David preferred to keep the business small, employing only family
throughout the years.  Daniel Shifferly, nephew of David, will
continue to manage the business along with Cathy, David’s wife.
David was known for his generosity to family and strangers alike.
David helped his parents build a new home at about the same time as
he built his own in Barberton.  David stepped in and helped
family without being asked and never refused a request for
assistance.  He helped most of his and Cathy’s family members at one
time or another over the years financially and with hands-on support.
Dave worried about and took care of family and friends dear to him.
Dave’s family will receive friends on Saturday, October 28, 2023
from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home,
566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with a memorial service at 5 p.m.
Celebration of Life will be held at 6 p.m. at Guy’s Party Center at 500
E. Waterloo Rd., Akron, Ohio 44319.

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