David Alexander Gitcho, 63, a seventeen year resident of Ocean Shores, died at his home there Friday morning, October 12, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Granite City, Illinois on January 8, 1949, the son of Chris and Dorothy (Constantine) Gitcho. He graduated from high school in Granite City and served in the Army from 1973-76.
David came to Olympia originally in 1972 and was married there to Charolette Buchmann in 1980. He owned Gitcho’s Discount Center in Lacey for several years before selling the store and coming to Ocean Shores in 1999. He continued with Discount Depot in Ocean Shores until the present.
He was a member of the Ocean Shores Elk’s Lodge and the Eagles.
Besides his wife, Charolette, of the family home in Ocean Shores; David is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Tami and Ed Scheel of Ocean Shores, Teri and Shea Wilburn of Oxnard, Calif., Tomi and Charly Henley of Huntington Beach, Calif. and Tally Gitcho and Shaun Vecchio of White Rock, B.C.; six grandchildren, Alexis, Michael, Atlanta, Syre, Chase and Conrad; and a twin sister, Alexis Gitcho.
His positive attitude and smiling face touched so many lives. David will be greatly missed by all.
A celebration of David’s life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2012, at the Ocean Shores Elk’s Lodge. Pastor Bob Hoem of the Galilean Lutheran Chapel will officiate.
A card of condolence with a message or a story may be sent to the family at www.fernhillfuneral.com
Arrangements are entrusted to Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen.