David Walter Menard died on Feb. 5, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio, his home since 1977. Born in Elmhurst, Ill on May 5, 1936, he moved to Lombard, Ill in 1945, graduating from Glenbard High in 1954, then studied for a year at the U of Illinois at Navy Pier. In 1955 he followed his boyhood dream and joined the air force, serving as a maintainer of aircraft in Africa, Greenland, four European and five Asian countries, and six stateside postings. After retiring as a master sergeant in 1977, he continued his work on aircraft at the Air Force museum at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, later serving as an historian due to his encyclopedic knowledge of aviation history. Upon retirement in 1999, he devoted himself to the care of children by volunteering full-time and year-round at the NICU and ER of the Dayton Children's Hospital. His enthusiasm for "Riverdance" led to a passion for Irish step dancing, and he supported several Irish dance troupes. He lived his life in service to his country, his community, and children.
He leaves a brother Mike (Marita) from Madison, Wisc., six nieces and nephews, and five grandnephews. His other brother, Herbert James, preceded him in death in Nov. 2012.
Donations in his honor may be made to the Dayton's Children's Hospital, One Children's Plaza 45404.