David G. Sakmar “Dave”, 64, of Johnstown, went to his heavenly home with Jesus on October 7, 2021 after a brave and courageous battle with cancer.
Son of Stephen and Agnes (Topscher) Sakmar. Dave was born on October 28, 1956 in Johnstown. He is preceded in death by his father, Stephen; infant brother Thomas; infant triplets, daughters Jill and Kristie, son Aaron; son-in-law Brad Slutsky; brother-in-law Paul Turnley; and beloved dog Labby. David is survived by Mother Agnes (Topscher), of Johnstown; daughter Lisa Slutsky, widow of the late Brad, of Bethany, OK; daughter Kelie Steele, wife of Matt, of Yukon, OK, and son Benjamin, husband of Melody (Cabajes), of New Braunfels, TX. Dave is also survived by brother Phil Sakmar, married to Elizabeth; sister Nancy Turnley, widow of the late Paul; Donna Wallace, wife of Foster; and Jane Spisak, wife of Jim. Dave is also survived by his beloved grandchildren Isabelle “Izzy” Steele, Austin Steele, and Ashly Sakmar; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Dave was a 1974 graduate of Bishop McCort High School where he played football as a tight end wearing the number 82. Dave worked for Johnstown America for 20 years, as well as the American Red Cross for more than 15 years. Dave was the ultimate Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates fan, and he enjoyed attending as many games as he could with his family. Dave was also a fan of the Penn State Nittany Lions and spent many days working at Penn State for the Red Cross. Dave loved the outdoors and enjoyed biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and camping. He also enjoyed working on his historic home in the Roxbury section of Johnstown.
Dave was a proud member of West Hills Community Church and was excited to tell everyone about his faith in Jesus. He was a friend to all who knew him, had a smile that lit up any room, and a laugh that was unmistakable. Dave adored his children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them. He loved his family and friends dearly and was always there for anyone who needed him. Dave’s family would like to thank Windber Hospice, especially Jess and Michael, as well as West Hills Community Church, for their love and support.
Friends received from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with A Celebration of Dave’s Life to follow at West Hills Community Church, 2301 Sunshine Ave., at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday October 13, 2021, with Pastor David Streets presiding.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dave’s memory to Windber Hospice, West Hills Community Church, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or the Humane Society of Cambria County.
Funeral Services entrusted to Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel 1622 Menoher Blvd, Johnstown, PA. 15905
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