August 3, 1941 - April 7, 2022
John David Hotchkiss, age 80 of Mentor-on-the-Lake, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2022. He was born August 3, 1941 in Cleveland, OH to the late Paul and Mercedes (Doran) Hotchkiss. Dave, or Dee Dee as he was known to many, spent his entire life in the Cleveland area, building life-long friendships surrounded by those he loved. He was known to gravitate to the center of a good time, spreading good cheer wherever possible. Whether enjoying a round of golf, spending time with family, or hitting the town with friends, you were sure to find him with an easy smile on his face. Proud of the fact that he worked nearly 50 years for the Plain Dealer in various roles, he made countless friends amongst his co-workers and clients. Those who knew him would describe him as fun-loving, witty, gentle, and loyal. Above all else, Dave took the greatest pleasure in being with the people he cared about: friends and family. He will be dearly missed by those whose life he graced. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Kelly; children, Shannon (Dave) Wasshausen, Barb (John) Kostura, Kim (Philip) Tralies, and Mike (Ashley); grandchildren, Caroline, Danielle, Eric, Ben, Lauren, Emily, Carter, and Michael; brother, Bill (the late Sharon) Hotchkiss; many nieces and nephews; and two favorite Goddaughters. Dave was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Joy (the late Rocco) Genovese and Connie (the late Mike) Flynn; brother Larry (the late Karen) Hotchkiss; and “brother” Jim (Mary Ann) Proctor. A celebration of life will be held from 3 - 6 pm on Saturday May 21, 2022 at the Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date in All Souls Cemetery, Chardon, OH. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Cleveland Area Chapter, 23215 Commerce Park Suite 300, Beachwood, OH 44122; online at www.alz.org/cleveland/donate or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693; online at www.heart.org/ Offer condolences at www.brunners.com.
John David Hotchkiss, age 80 of Mentor-on-the-Lake, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2022. He was born August 3, 1941 in Cleveland, OH to the late Paul and Mercedes (Doran) Hotchkiss. Dave, or Dee Dee as he was known to many, spent his entire... View Obituary & Service Information
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