David Eugene Puffenbarger, age 80, of Hot Springs passed away Monday, January 29, 2024 at his residence.
He was born September 8, 1943 in Warm Springs, a son of the late Ralph Sr. and Englith Rebecca (Jackson) Puffenbarger. On February 27, 1968, he married Audrey Marie Pullin.
A former construction foreman, he had worked in the tunnels during the construction of the Bath County Pump Storage Station. Ultimately, David retired from a job he considered this true calling: a professional hunting guide.
He was a member of Woodland Union Church and a former member of Chimney Run Church of the Brethren. David served his country in the United States Army, serving with the 82nd Airborne. He had a love for books, movies, as well as watching westerns and wrestling on television. He was a former member of the Upper Back Creek Hunt Club and Bath-Highland Fire Department. Additionally, David enjoyed attending auctions with his grandson, Ryan (AKA "Dude," as his grandfather would call him) and shared a special bond with his great grandson, RJ.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Larry Wayne Puffenbarger and Donald Lee Puffenbarger; and sisters, Marie Waite and an infant sister.
In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by two daughters, Cassandra Ailstock and Johnny of Warm Springs, Genie Cunningham and Richie of McDowell; son, David J. Puffenbarger of Warm Springs; grandchildren, Ryan Ailstock and Dominique, Christopher Ailstock and Alicia, Benjamin Ailstock, and Amber Puffenbarger all of Warm Springs, Kristen Cunningham, Wyatt Cunningham, and Harley Cunningham all of McDowell; great grandchildren, RJ Ailstock, Paisley Ailstock, and Gunner Ailstock all of Warm Springs; two brothers, Ralph Puffenbarger Jr. of Millboro and Terry Puffenbarger and Linda of Warm Springs; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the Interpid Hospice Group -- Mike, Nikki, Alyssa, Jim and Jessica. As well as to all of David’s caregivers for the love and support they have provided– Alicia Ailstock, Dominique Ailstock, Ryan Ailstock, Cassie Ailstock, and David J. Puffenbarger.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Woodland Union Church, c/o Cindy Andrews, P.O. Box 177 Millboro, VA 24460.