David's Story

AUGUSTA - David R. Oviatt, 46, passed away in his home in Augusta, Maine on April 7, 2016. He was born in Milford, Connecticut on September 30th, 1969. However, David spent most of his childhood in Pittsfield, Maine as the son of George T. Oviatt and the late Marilyn G. Oviatt.

From the age of 18, David had devoted his life to the U.S. Army and his family. Through multiple deployments and three wars, David was a courageous man giving everything he had to his country. After 22 years, David retired from the U.S. Army as a CW4 and found himself an apartment in Augusta where he resided. Still keeping in touch with the military, David spent much time helping veterans in the local soup kitchens and befriending those in need.

Dad was an amazing man that taught his children the importance of strength and resilience. Both of which will be important in the present, as well as the future, while we continue down life's path. Dad was a constant student of philosophy, religion, and literature, devoting much of his time to learning about the world around him. He was cherished by his family and his presence, kindness, and sense of humor will most certainly be missed.

David leaves behind two beloved daughters, Heather and Hadley Oviatt; a father, George Oviatt; two sisters, Frannie Rogers and Shelly Kereluik; as well as a niece, Krista Kereluik, and nephews, Gavin, Brady, and Miles Rogers. David also leaves behind a brotherhood of wonderful lifelong friends. He will always be remembered as one of the strongest and most selfless men many of us knew. One of David's favorite quotes from his most cherished book is, "My greatest skill in life has been to want but little." This is the perhaps the most telling characteristic of David and will always be remembered by the family he dedicated his life to.

The funeral service will take place on Saturday, April 16th at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Pittsfield, Maine. A celebration of life will immediately follow the funeral at the home of his sister Frannie, located at 131 Chester Street, Pittsfield, Maine. We encourage all who loved David as we did, to share their stories and memories of David together as we honor his life and memory. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bread of Life Ministries, The Homeless Shelter, 157 Water Street Augusta, ME 04330.
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