David C Magoto

December 21, 1927November 7, 2018

David C. “Dave” Magoto, age 90, of Versailles OH passed away late evening on Nov 7, 2018 at the Versailles Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Dave was born on Dec. 21, 1927 in Versailles, OH to the late Raymond “Frenchie” and Zita (Dapore) Magoto. He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Jim “Chick” Swisher; brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Dottie Magoto; brother, Tom Magoto Sr.; and sister, Julia Hiatt.

Dave is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Judy Magoto Versailles, and sister-in-law, Norma Magoto Greenville; and e is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Dave was a son, brother, uncle, great-uncle, godfather, father figure and friend to many people.

Dave was a graduate of Versailles High School. Following graduation Dave was a pitcher with the Lima Reds’ minor league baseball team and a team mate of Joe Nuxhall. He served in the Air Force division of the US Army as an air traffic controller. After service he graduated from Barber College and became co-owner with Percy Grilliot of The Hotel Barbershop for over 50 years. The barbershop was a well-known center for town gossip where Dave handed out lots of Bazooka bubblegum to the kids and created original nicknames for many. Dave was a well-known follower of Versailles High School sports. He enjoyed his garden, trap shooting, golf, riding his bicycle around town and was an avid Reds fan. He was a lifetime member of St Denis Catholic Church in Versailles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, November 14, with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant, at St. Denis Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Valbert Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. To honor Dave’s wishes there will be no visitation. Bailey Zechar Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice of Greenville, OH.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Betsye Ross magoto.

January 5, 2019

My grandfather was Joe Magoto, who was Dave’s Uncle and Frenchie’s Brother. Joe moved with his bride, Elizabeth Goubeaux to Oklahoma in 1907 and started another Magoto line. I came to Versailles as an adult in 2002, walked into his shop and he immediately made me feel at home. We talked golf, baseball and a family I never had known. Last September I made another trip to Versailles and visited him. So glad I did

Lori Griesdorn

November 12, 2018

Dave was our backyard neighbor for years. He nicknamed two of our three kids and shared his garden produce with us each summer. We loved to hear Dave tell stories- he had a sharp mind and he was also good at telling stories! Dave supported our kids and many others in their supporting events. He was one of the biggest Tiger fans of all time! Even after we moved, we continued to visit Dave at his home and in the nursing home. He always enjoyed the apple dumplings that we brought him. Dave lived a full life and will be missed by many! Rest In Peace, Dave! Love ya!

Joe Shardo

November 12, 2018

I still remember being a Manager (10 years old) for the Varsity Basketball team and Dave always sat right behind the bench... he nicknamed my brother “HotDog” based on how many of them he used to eat during the games. He was always at the games, even through our playing days, and I will always appreciate him for how positive and happy he was... everyone always enjoyed being around him. Rest Easy Dave.

Rev Kim Katterheinrich

November 11, 2018

I spoke to Joe Nuxhall years ago at a meeting in Fairfield. Told him we had an aquaintance in common. He asked who that would be and I said Dave Magoto. He said, "Oh sure, the worst barber in town." And then he went on to talk about Dave and his time playing ball. He had some great things to say about Dave.

Pat Custenborder

November 11, 2018

I remember as a little kid, living down the alley from Dave and he showed up every spring with a bucket of baseballs for me. Dave was a super supporter of Versailles youth and athletics!