David J. Ohnmacht

David J. Ohnmacht
November 3, 1961 – February 25, 2009

David J. Ohnmacht, born November 3rd, 1961 in Johnson City, NY to Dolores & Ronald Ohnmacht, passed away on February 25th, 2009. In his short 47 years with us, David was a constant and daily reminder to all he met, that love of nature, friendship and compassion for others, were not just words to be found in poems, but rather ideals and feelings that we should carry with us daily. Everyone who came to know David often wondered how he could be so friendly to total strangers and how those strangers became good friends after a short time. It was because David valued all parts of that friendship to sharing the good times of the friendship, to supporting those friends who came in need of love and support. He truly valued the importance of family and friendship.

Another one of David’s loves, was his love for nature. He was an avid hiker and mountain climber, and was never in a hurry to finish a hike or reach the top of a mountain, since the joy of reach was what he saw that others did not. David would see all there was to see on any hike or mountain climb. He would take notice of the plants, the foliage, and all the animals along the way. He truly appreciated what God gave us in nature, and learned to savor it with a passion few had. He saw more of the world from the tops of many mountains in the United States. He hiked miles and miles of the Smokies, the Adirondacks, the Catskills and the Rockies just to name a few. If there was a mountain to climb, he found and took the long way to the top, so he could see more of the beauty that was offered to his eyes. He wanted to see as much as he could, and in the end, he desired to share his gift of sight with someone less fortunate, a total stranger, who may never had the opportunity to fully take in the wonderful gift of sight and the beauty of the nature that surrounds us. Somewhere, in some town, a total stranger, is now a friend of David’s, seeing the beauty of nature that David saw all his life.

Submitted by: Delores Ohnmacht, mother
Vestal, NY