We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home
David James Follmar
David James Follmar, 74, of Bedford passed away on Monday, February 28, 2022 at home.
He was born on February 10, 1948 in Pleasantville, Pa; son of Charles E. and Mary C. (Kennedy) Follmar.
He was preceded in death by his beloved golden retrievers, Harley, Deuce, and Trae; his parents; sisters, Faye E. Cobb and Yvonne (Pammy) Follmar; brother Jay E. Follmar; and nephew, Bryan Follmar.
He is survived by John and Barbara (Mock) Follmar; nephews, Marc Cobb, John Jr. and Charles Follmar; nieces, Melissa Odom, Vicki Heal, Elizabeth Follmar and Marylou Donaldson, all of Florida; as well as 14 great nieces and nephews, and 10 great-great- nieces and nephews. Appreciation from the family to David's very special friends and caregivers, Julie Gardner and Ray Horner.
David honorably served in the United States Navy, received the National Defense Services medal, Vietnam Service and Campaign medals, and Armed Forces Expeditionary medal (Korea).
He was a proud lifetime member of the Fort Bedford Honor Guard, 50 year member of the American Legion Post 113, 50 year member of the Pleasantville VFW Post 9219, a member of the A.M. Vets of Edgewater Fla, VVA of Cumberland Md, and the Vietnam Vets of Bedford County.
David was the owner of Follmar Kitchen & Bath Center of Alum Bank, Pa. He was a fifth-generation master cabinet maker specializing in custom cabinets for over 50 years. He was the creator of the Tombstone Hearse Company. He built replica pieces for the Smithsonian Institute including a Chicago Tribune 1800’s news-wagon as well as cabinetry for several local Bedford establishments and private homes.
He was dedicated to the Fort Bedford Honor Guard for 25 years and was instrumental in obtaining the outstanding uniforms worn by the Honor Guard.
He was a former member of the Johnstown Harley’s owner group (HOG); he was one of the founding members of the Bedford American Legion Riders group (ALR); and he was a former manager of the old and new Pleasantville VFW 9219.
He had a special place in his heart for those with Down’s Syndrome and all animals.
In lieu of flowers, David requests contributions of food, treats, and supplies to the Bedford County Humane Society.
A special thanks to Family Hospice of UPMC.
Arrangements by the J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home.