Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

L. David Workman

L. David Workman, age 80, of Shelby, died Thursday afternoon, March 3, 2022 at Ontario Estates.

Dave was born May 9, 1941 in Shelby to the late Herbert Lawrence and Alda Mae (McConnell) Workman. He was a 1962 graduate of Shelby High School. His work life consisted of Jay Scott Construction, Bourgeois Pontiac in Shelby, and Bloom and Johnson Auto Body Shop for 28 years. Ultimately, he retired in 2005 from Shafer Valve where he worked in the paint shop for 10 years.

Cars were not only the biggest part of his career, but they were mainly a hobby and a passion. From fixing to restoring, Dave could do it all- painting, glass, frames, anything. He also was a collector and especially loved his Studebaker which was his all-time favorite that he has cherished for over 40 years. Dave was well known for his work on Corvettes and had helped fix many over the years. In addition to cars, Dave enjoyed hunting and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Shelby.

Dave is survived by his 2 sons: William (Denise) Workman of Olive Branch, MS and Michael (Richelle) Workman of Ontario; 6 grandchildren: Ryan Workman, Grant Workman, Michaela (Ryan) Jenkins, Megan Workman, Valerie Workman, and Jacob Workman; great grandson: Jaxon Jenkins; 3 siblings: Thelma Jean Payne of Orlando, FL; Mark Workman of Woodsfield, and Rhonda Lynn (Greg) Workman Woodsfield;  brother-in-law: David Calvert of Lorain; sister-in-law: Barb (Jeff) Grycz of Lorain; 2 aunts: Lucielle Smith and Marvalene McConnell; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years: Sandra J. (Calvert) Workman; 2 brothers: Dennis Workman and Terry Workman; and an infant sister.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, March 6, 2022 from 2-4 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be held on Monday, March 7, 2022 at 11 am. Pastor Jeff Croft will officiate the services with burial following in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association (

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Donna John's Mcconaughey says:

    To the Family , I send my Condolences in this time of your loss ! Love to all

  2. Deborah Landin says:

    Dave was a fun ornery guy. He will be missed by many. We are praying for your family and friends.

  3. Janette Workman Reynolds says:

    Billy, Mike and families,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle David’s passing. I will cherish all the fond memories or Uncle David and Aunt Sandy. I loved hanging out at their house when we lived there and playing with my boy cousins. Love to both of you and you families.


  4. Barb & Jeff Grycz says:

    Bill, Mike & families:
    We’re so sorry for your loss. Losing your parents is hard, makes you realize you really are a grown-up.

  5. Eddie Parsons says:

    To Dave’s family you have my condolences on loss of Dave. My prayers are with you at this time. I was a classmate of Dave in the class 62.

  6. Ray says:

    Dave was a hoot. I had the privilege of working at Elmcroft and we took a liking to each other very quickly. Man, he could complain about winning the lottery, but he was a very kind hearted and descent man. I know he worked hard and had so much pride in the work he did. I wish I knew a tenth of what he knew about cars. He loved his family very much and very proud of his boys too. My prayers are with you all

  7. Sylvia LeClair says:

    Mikey and Billy I am so sorry that your Dad has now passed. I loved babysitting you boys many years ago. My family had so many connections to yours. I am so glad I got to see you Mikey and your Dad several years ago at the Paul’s drive in car show while we were in Ohio. Dave was a great guy . Peace to you and your families.

  8. Neal Miller says:

    Billy,Mike and family:
    Sorry to here about your father’s passing. I’m glad Dave and barb invited me to Mikes home when I was in town back in 2018. when I saw your dad he immediately started talking about my 69 Camaro that he totally refurbished for me you guys were still very small at the time,I had one of the best looking Camaros around because of him. I’m glad I got to see him one more time and all of you. “My prayers are with you and your family”

  9. Russ and Jodi Messner says:

    Bill, Mike, and family,
    We are holding you in our prayers and offer our condolences. We always always enjoyed talking to your dad. Super great guy. RIP Dave.
    Russ and Jodi Messner

  10. John Bloom says:

    Bill & Mike , Your Dad and I worked together for many years. He taught me so much about cars and painting. Always was laughing about something crazy going on in town. He passed his passion for cars along to everyone that would listen. We sure will miss Dave. Sending Our Love and Peace for all of your family’s. May You R.I.P. Dave.

  11. Jeff and Helen Chapman says:

    To the Workman family. So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. We had so many good times with him and Sandy at the campground. He was the best friend you could ever have. He talked more than we did. Now he is reunited with his beloved Sandy. Rest in peace Dave.

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