David’s Cemetery

Located at the corners of Mad River Road and David Road in Kettering, David’s Cemetery is one of the older cemeteries in the Dayton area. The cemetery was formed on land donated by local man, Christian Creager, in 1826 and recognized its first burial in 1831 — a young boy named Noah Darner. It was named after Rev. David Winters, the first preacher to serve the Dayton area.


Some notable people from this area buried in David’s Cemetery include:

  • Herbert C. Huber – home builder in Kettering, died 1954
  • Robert M. Hedges – the first Washington Twp. Firefighter killed in the line of duty, died 1955.
  • Henry Seeler – developer of Oxygen Mask for pilots, died 1966.
  • Rose E. Miller – first woman principal in Kettering (1920) and one of the first women principals in Ohio, died 1967.
  • Samuel B. Groby – founder of Groby’s Garden Center, died 1967.
  • Zerbe Bradford – last survivor of Deed’s Barn Gang, died 1968.
  • Calvin Mayne – founder of Dorothy Lane Market, died 1972.
  • Arthur Corre – only Kettering firefighter to lose life in line of duty, died 1974.
  • Dwight L. Barnes – former Superintendent of Kettering Schools, died 1977.
  • Dave Hall – former Mayor of Dayton, father of former United States Congressman Tony Hall, died 1977.
  • John Shryock – first Police Chief of Kettering, died 1978.
  • Donald Tiller – inventor of InstaWhip Whipping Cream, died 1984.
  • Hans von Ohain – inventor of the jet engine, died 1998.
  • John P. Kalaman – Centerville police officer killed in the line of duty, died 1998.
  • Myron E. Scott – founder of the Soap Box Derby and responsible for naming the Chevrolet Corvette, died 1998.
  • Charles H. Huber – founder/builder of Huber Heights, OH, died 2003.


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