David L Costello

July 26, 1930October 17, 2013

Costello, David age 83 of Dayton, completed his earthly journey and went to be with our Lord on October 17, 2013. David was born on July 26, 1930 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Leo and Sarah Costello. He is preceded in death by his brother, Aldon (Bo) Costello, and Roseann his loving wife of 51 years. He is survived by his three children: son, Scott Costello (Karen), son, Patrick Costello (Tonetta), daughter, Lynn Klus (Edward), as well as 4 grandchildren: Cassie, Ethan, Ivan, and Audrey. David is also survived by his brother, Dr. Daniel Costello and his wife Tina of Tampa. FL, and other in-laws: Victor Post and wife Shelby of FL, Mary Agnes Ording and husband Ralph of St. Henry, OH, Dr. Joseph Naumcheff and wife Susy of Greenwood, IN, plus many nieces and nephews. He was an Army veteran, and retired supervisor of 33 years at DP&L, and an avid golfer. Later in life David was a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul. David was a devoted father, grandfather, and friend to everyone he met. Let’s emulate the kindness David showed us, and count ourselves blessed to have had him in our lives. The family will receive friends at Ascension Catholic Church, 2025 Woodman Dr., Kettering, OH, from 11am to 12:30pm on Thursday October 24, 2013. A funeral Mass will follow at 12:30pm with a gathering for all after mass downstairs. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Dayton 324 Wilmington Ave. Dayton, OH 45420. The Costello family would like to thank Hospice for the loving and heartfelt care they gave David.


  • Visitation Thursday, October 24, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Jeff Gilley

October 23, 2013

I am saddened by the news of Dave's passing. He was a very good man! My prayers go out to Scott, Lynn, Pat, and all of Dave's friends and family.

Tom Reichard

October 23, 2013

I am Tom Reichard now living in St. Louis, and Dave was one of my best friends in grade school. My younger brother Jerry who still lives in Dayton sent me Dave's obituary with the Subject Line: "This Name Sounds Familiar", and the message: "I seem to remember that 'Dave Costello' was the name of a friend of yours in our youth. This guy was apparently 5 days older than you so this may be the same person."

My reply was: Yes indeed, Dave was one third of our self-appointed 'Triple Terror' gang, along with Dan Gaston and me in 5th-6th grade at Our Lady of Mercy school. Dave was the 2nd-smallest guy in the class, I was next-smallest, and Dan wasn't much bigger. A new, pretty big guy moved into our class and began to bully some of us around, so we thus teamed up and let him know that if he hurt any one of us, all three would gang up and 'get him back'. It worked !
At a reunion in 1988 for the 44th anniversary of 8th-grade graduation, each person told favorite memories. I told about the 'Triple Terror' episode and added: "We didn't take on the really tough guys like Carl Cramer and Eddie Hess". Dave got a good big laugh by commenting: "We were just small, not stupid."

It was my privilege and pleasure to share just a bit of the life of David Lee Costello (as he was known in those days). I offer my empathy and sympathy to you who shared the rest of it.

Peter Senkiw

October 22, 2013

Dave was very special to me after my wife passed away. We met at Hospice while attending grieving support sessions after our wives passed away. He was always there for me to share our thoughts and feelings. Avery understanding and supportive friend. He will be missed.

"God Bless You Dave".

Nancy Kohr

October 22, 2013

Since I have known Dave, he has been an inspiration to me. With his positive attitude, he was always happy and smiling.Ready to give a helping hand to any that needed it. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Iola Lanaman

October 22, 2013

David was born when I was three years old living in Indianapolis. My mother, Catharine Harriman Tomlinson, and David's mother, Catharine Bailey Costello, were first cousins. Our grandmothers were sisters, Birdie Blanche Bailey Harriman and Ivy Pearl Bailey Boyer. While I was growing up, we often visited the family in Dayton. I saw Dan as a baby. I left Indianapolis when I married Frank Lanaman at the age of 17, but I continued to keep in touch with the Boyer family. Dave even came to see us when we lived in Atlanta. I heard from him when Frank died in 2011 and learned that Rose had died, too. Dave and I both said that it was good to have family. He was in a retirement home as I am in Columbus. I know he will be missed. My love to all, Grace Iola Tomlinson Lanaman.

Pat Wellmeier

October 21, 2013

Pat and Tonetta, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I enjoyed getting to know him this past year. Tonetta, I know he was so pleased about your joining the Catholic church. My deepest sympathies.

Angie King

October 21, 2013

Dave was a man that when he walked into a room everyone knew it. He shined with lots of love.
It was a blessing to have him in our lives. We loved Dave so very much.We have lost a wonderful caring man that will be missed.
May God be with all of you during this time of sorrow.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
TK, Angie & The King Gang

October 21, 2013

Dave was part of our little group who met for lunches twice a month. Always intertaining,kind and organized he kept everyone involved. He will be missed and ever present in our lives. Love, Fred and Nena

October 21, 2013

We are very sorry for your loss. We have lost a good friend and neighbor. We will be out of town, and unable to attend the services on Thursday, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Pat and Frank Farrell and family

October 20, 2013

Although we didn't know Dave Costello personally, we know his son Scott and what a fine man he raised. Our condolences to the Costello family and will continue to pray for them all.
Jan, Jeff and Nathan Atkinson