David A. Nighswander

David Alton Nighswander, 53, of Gibsonburg, died Monday morning, Dec. 31, 2012, at Cleveland Clinic.

David was born April 12, 1959, in Lakeland, Fla., to Alton and Darlene (Jeanette)


Upon graduating from St. Francis Catholic High School in Tiffin, he went on to obtain an associate’s degree in electric engineering from Terra Community College, Fremont. He worked as an electrical engineer supervisor for Durr Ecoclean Inc., Bowling Green. He was employed there for more than 28 years, until the onset of his illness.

David loved talking politics and enjoyed fishing, golfing with his dad and brother, trap shooting and NASCAR. He is remembered as a “grill master and smoker,” using just the right amount of spice.

He married Amy Randolph June 16, 2004, in Las Vegas. She survives. Also surviving are his father, Alton, of Fostoria; his previous wife, Lynette Nighswander; two daughters, Rachael (Tony Valenti) Nighswander and Nicole Nighswander, all of Tiffin; stepson Eric Dibling of Bowling Green; two grandsons, Aidan Valenti and Evan Bucklew; and two siblings, Bridget (Jim) Gates of Republic and Scott (Cara) Nighswander of Waterville.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Darlene, and an infant son, Aaron David Nighswander.

Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Herman-Kinn-Veh Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Gibsonburg. His funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Pleasant Union Cemetery, Old Fort.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Ronald McDonald House or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

To view David’s memorial tribute video or to leave an online condolence, visit www.hermankinn.com.