David P. Bias, 73, of Delaware died Friday (July 13, 2012) at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Considered a risk taker, he possessed an entrepreneurial spirit and a business savvy that was second to none. He was a man who in one form or another could turn rust into gold. He was born on Aug, 2, 1938, in Portsmouth to the late Joseph and Zennie (Drake) Bias. A 1956 graduate of Portsmouth High School, he went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force. David married Phyllis (Hollon), his beloved wife of 28 years in 1966. They built a life together, a family and home, where dogs and cats could always be found. They shared many similar interests, especially antiquing and attending auctions. David’s life forever changed upon her sudden passing in 1994. A man of many interests, David enjoyed a passion for classic cars, especially his restored 1953 Ford Crestline Sunliner Pace Car. He had a knack for discovering old automobile treasures and turning them into something special. He worked 21 years for GTE, retiring in 1991 as the outside plant district manager for the Southern Division. Never with idle time to waste, he then started his own company, United Telecom Service Corporation, a company he operated with his family until 2010. A proud Kentucky colonel, he was also a life member of the Ohio Valley Military Society and a loyal Mason originally as a member of Ostrander Lodge 594 and currently of Hiram Masonic Lodge 18. A diehard Republican, he followed politics and always kept a close eye on the Fox News Channel.
Wise beyond words, he was the constant adviser to friends and family. His dry sense of humor and witty ways always kept you on your toes. Forever strong willed and stubborn, he was the constant disciplinarian. Caring in his own way, he was always generous and a strong provider. He was also a collector of military articles, attending countless shows and auctions, a trait that became a family tradition. When it became difficult for him to be out and about, he continued antiquing online and played party poker, honing his skills.
He loved his family beyond compare; especially his grandchildren and his legacy will long be remembered.
David is survived by his treasured family: son, Grant (Dodie) Bias; grandchildren, Tori and Marshall Bias; sisters, Ruth (Roger) Logan of Newfoundland, N.J., and Cynthia J. Bias of Mansfield; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife he was also preceded in death by sisters, Janet Shaw, Pauline Safford, JoAnn Arnold and Billie Hook; brother, Carl O. “Sonny” Bias; and infant siblings, Marsha, Mary Lou and James.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Dr., Delaware. Masonic services will begin at 7 p.m. and memorial services will immediately follow led by Celebrant Don Lockwood. The U.S. Air Force honor guard will then close the services. Family and friends are then invited for a time of continued sharing with food and fellowship in the Snyder Rodman Community Room following the services. Graveside services will be held for his family on Saturday at Kingwood Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions can be made Hiram Lodge No. 18, P.O. Box 115, Delaware, OH 43015.
Condolences may be expressed at snyderfuneralhomes.com.