On September 20, 2021, David L. Walters, loving husband, son, brother, father, and grandfather unexpectedly passed away at the age of 64.
David was born on March 25, 1957 in Lancaster, Ohio to Ronald and Donna (Graham) Walters. He grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Belmont High School in Dayton, Ohio in 1975, and went on to graduate from both Wright State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and The Ohio State University with a master’s degree in nursing. David was an avid Ohio State football fan. He relocated from the Dayton VA hospital to the Gulfport/Biloxi VA hospital in 2004 where he held several different jobs; his last position was Lead RN/Clinical Assessor in the Caregiver Support Program. He had a total of 23 years with the VA.
On October 2, 1993, David married the love of his life, Amy Suzanne Bretzfelder. David and Amy were fortunate to have 35 years together, married for 28 years. She was the yin to his yang. They loved the life they built together and enjoyed camping, boating, cooking, bird watching, living near the beach and spending time with family. David attended numerous Ohio State football games with most members of his family. For years, his Dad organized family trips to the games and his Mom made the BEST food for the tailgates. While David’s parents are extremely proud of their son and his accomplishments, he pushed boundaries growing up giving his parents a couple of gray hairs. David was very proud of his sons and tremendously enjoyed their families visiting him. Prior to moving to Biloxi, he spent many nights playing euchre with his buddies in Dayton. He relished catching up with his siblings during the holidays and would be the family member to show up in the funny festive shirt. He took great pleasure in watching his granddaughters open their Christmas gifts.
David was very well known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor. He was the fun uncle who loved introducing scary movies to his nieces and nephews at young ages. David also enjoyed when his brother-in-law/friend Robert Bretzfelder would come to Biloxi for visits, as Rob was one who could match wits with David, and the conversations they had were sometimes deep and always entertaining, David was always fun to be around, and he was not only known for his quick wit, but also for his infectious smile and his kind and compassionate nature.
David is survived by his loving wife, Amy Walters, his parents, Ronald and Donna (Graham) Walters, his oldest son, Breton (Shelby) Walters, his youngest son, Joshua (Kayleigh) Walters, his brothers, Gregory (Brenda) Walters, Robert (Marla) Walters, and his sister, Lori (Jeffrey) Wood. David had a special relationship with all his nieces and nephews, Jenny (Chad), Matthew (Emilia), Teresa (Joseph), Tracy, Erin, Jake, Kyle, and Tori. He was also blessed with 3 granddaughters, Jonnah, Adalyn, and Luna. Unfortunately, his passing happened before the birth of his fourth granddaughter.
David will be terribly missed by his entire family and friends, but he will live in all their hearts forever.
A celebration of his life will take place later in Dayton, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s memory to the Biloxi VA Medical Center. Checks can be mailed to 400 Veterans Avenue (135), Biloxi, MS 39531. Make checks payable to ‘Biloxi VA’ and in the ‘for’ section of the check, write ‘in memory of David Walters’. You can also make your donations online using this link: https://www.biloxi.va.gov/giving/index.asp . Be sure to include a note with your donation.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.