Charles D. “Dave” Pappas, 53

May 18, 1969 - January 28, 2023

Charles David “Dave” Pappas, 53, of Millersville, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at Lancaster General Hospital following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Red Bank, NJ, he was the son of Patricia (Tucker) Pappas of Millersville and the late Charles Pappas. For the past 16 years, Dave was the loving and faithful companion of Alicia Wendel.

Dave grew up in West Keansburg, NJ, where he met the love of his life, Alicia, at 17. They were teenage sweethearts, spending their time together working at Keansburg amusement park. After Alicia moved away, the two lost contact and did not reconnect again until many years later. In 2007, Dave and Alicia reunited and fell in love all over again. Dave knew he couldn’t let her slip through his fingers a second time and proposed to Alicia on March 11, 2007. Since then, the two have built a life together, raising their children and rescuing animals.

For work, Dave was a jack-of-all-trades, and a master of most. He spent many years working construction for Atlantic Concrete Cutting, where he helped engineer and patent new machines and systems that are still used today. His last few years were spent as a general contractor and handyman, remodeling homes and repairing anything and everything for his clients. Everyone who knew him marveled at his mind and how he could fix practically anything with a little brain power and elbow grease.

Dave enjoyed getting dirty and working with his hands, choosing to spend much of his free time gardening, building new contraptions, and caring for his cats, dogs, and chickens. He enjoyed learning, regardless of the topic, though some of his favorites were engineering, technology, and astronomy. Dave would often stay up until the wee hours of the morning just to catch a glimpse of Saturn, (or Jupiter, or some other celestial body). His favorite thing to do, though, was to share the things he cared about with the ones he loved. This could be as simple as sending his sister a photo of a supernova or taking his granddaughter out to feed the chickens together. And while many thought of him as a man of few words, those closest to him knew that he could go on for hours about space, technology, or 80’s rock bands.

Along with his mother and Alicia, Dave is survived by his sister, Tara Pappas of NJ, as well as his children: Jennifer Ellison of Millersville, Chenowa Power and her husband, Connor, of Perkasie, Cheyenne Farquhar of FL, David Phillips, Donna Phillips, and Danielle Phillips of NJ. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Isabella and Aiden, along with countless beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend services at 12 Noon on Sunday, February 5, 2023, at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 441 North George Street, Millersville, PA 17551, where a viewing will take place beginning at 10 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dave’s memory may be made to the Space Foundation at

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October 28, 2023

i worked with him and i only found out today im all fucked up about it. good man and friend
doug kreider

April 15, 2023

Quite  simply Dave was a force of nature. I worked with him at two concrete cutting firms and he was an excellent operator, mechanic and computer specialist. His expertise in solving problems was fantastic. Always took the time to answer any questions correctly. My condolences to the family and friends and all the co-workers who worked side by side with him.
The pain and suffering are gone now. May he rest in Peace.
Dan Spittlehouse

February 16, 2023

I can’t believe you have left this world, Dave. You taught me to ride a dirt bike when I was 14 (and forbidden to be on it LOL) and I remember you every time I get on a motorcycle.   There were good times and pain in the time we knew each other.   I hope you find peace, old friend.  I will see you on the other side. 

February 03, 2023

Dave was a great guy and I have great memories of working with him and all that he tought me. 
Arthur Swindell

February 02, 2023

I love youuu ….. I hope your up in heaven on planet mars right looking at all the fun stars and stuff I miss you dad . . . Rip 

February 02, 2023

This is one of the most beautiful obituaries I’ve ever seen, and I’m heartbreakingly proud to see it for my uncle. 
All of my love and deepest condolences for our family grieving, especially to Alicia and her children. 
Thank you for so many precious childhood/adolescent memories, Uncle Dave. Rest easy.
Kristin Gram

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Millersville, PA 17551
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