David M. “Papa” Ontko, 71, of Oak Harbor, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Riverview Healthcare Campus, Oak Harbor. He was born on Nov. 24, 1948 in Port Clinton to Michael and Beatrice (Ambrose) Ontko. On March 8, 1973, in Blackberry Corners, he married Beverly Witt, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 21, 2018. David served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971. He worked as a carpenter and owned and operated his own business, Portage Construction. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor. David was a hunter, trapper, and a commercial fisherman. He also enjoyed gardening and genealogy, but he most enjoyed being “Papa” to his grandchildren.
David is survived by his children, Michael (Traci) Ontko, Steven (Kimberly Dawn Costello) Ontko, Tina (Jarrett) Marinis and Sara (Daniel) Toris, grandchildren, William Ontko, Jessica (Jesse) Fox, Cheyenne Ontko, Darian (Adam) Smercina, Brianna Marinis, Annabelle Toris, Penelope Toris, Adaline Toris and Daniel Toris III, step-grandchildren, James McCune and Reid Crow, five great grandchildren, siblings, Richard “Rick” Ontko and Rebecca “Becky” (Bruce) Scherf, and many nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a step- great granddaughter.
Visitation for David will be from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Oak Harbor. There will be a Parish Wake service held at 6:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Per the state mandate, facial coverings are required and social distancing is appreciated. Funeral Mass for David will be celebrated by Father Tim Ferris 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor where the body will lie in repose one hour prior to Mass. Burial will follow in Roose Cemetery, Oak Harbor with military graveside services. Memorial contributions in memory of David may be given to the Vietnam Memorial Fund or the Black Horse Regiment. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.walkerfuneralhomes.com.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the entire staff and administration at Riverview Healthcare Campus for all their care and support, especially Station 2 and also Nancy, Devin and Ben.
** Due to a severe allergy in the family, we are requesting no lilies in any floral arrangements, please.