EAST LIVERPOOL - Lifetime East Liverpool resident David M. Bahen, Jr., passed away at the age of 84 at 10:20 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013 after a lingering illness. Mr. Bahen, who had formerly resided on Dewey Avenue in the city, is now reunited in Heaven with his wife, Wilma Jean Bahen, who preceded him in death on December 21, 2003.
Mr. Bahen was born in Midland, PA, on August 10, 1928, a son of the late Agnes Marie Maloney Madden Bahen and David M. Bahen, Sr.
He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserves, and had been a member of the Oakland Free Methodist Church.
For nearly 40 years, he was associated with the former Crucible Steel Corp., retiring in February of 1983. He was also a dedicated volunteer fireman in Liverpool Township for 30 years.
The Bahens were married on September 29, 1951, and together they raised their four sons, all of whom survive in East Liverpool: David "Mike" Bahen and his wife, Jill; Paul Bahen and his wife, Kim; John E. Bahen and his wife, Tracy; and Dennis Bahen and his wife, Frances. There are also six grandchildren: Jennifer Smith and her husband, Mike; Trudi Kirkbride and her husband, Matthew; Stacey Conley and her husband, Nate; Sara Norris and her husband, Chris; Jeremy Bahen and Jason Bahen, as well as six great-grandchildren: Hannah, Emma, Logan, Brody, Maddin, Cameron, and Dalton, who is due to arrive in August.
Mr. Bahen is also survived by two sisters, Mary Louise Morrison of East Liverpool, and Margaret Brown and her husband, Earl, also of East Liverpool, several nieces and nephews, and his loyal canine companion, Gracie.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, David M. Bahen IV, as well as a sister, Isabelle Howell, and two brothers, Lawrence Madden and Joseph Bahen.
Friends may visit at the Dawson Funeral Home on Tuesday, where the family will be present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, with Pastor Norm Eckert of the Beechwood Free Methodist Church officiating.
Mr. Bahen will be laid to rest beside his wife at Riverview Cemetery, where the Tri-State Veteran's Burial Group will provide full military honors. The family will then return to the Dawson Family Center for a continued time of fellowship.
View Mr. Bahen's memorial webpage and send condolences to the family online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com