David Hassenpflug, 62, of Richmond, VA awoke in the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 28, 2021. He boldly faced an ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) diagnosis and, in keeping with his character, carried on joyfully in the company of his beloved family. For 39 years David enjoyed all that a God ordained marriage could be as he embraced life with his wife, Cyndi, who survives him. Surviving also are his daughter, Lauren Dunn and son-in-law, Jared Dunn, as well as his only grandchild, Jack David Dunn. Sisters Caren Nichter (Steve) and Alice Hassenpflug also survive him, as well as two nieces and a special cousin Scott Schuppert (Janice).
David was born in Louisville, KY and moved to Richmond, Virginia as a college student. In 1981 he graduated from the Medical College of Virginia with a degree in Health Care Management. David was called to serve seniors throughout Virginia for nearly 40 years, becoming a state-wide leader in long term health and rehab. He instilled his own deep sense of integrity and compassion in his colleagues, all with his jovial trademark laugh. He held notable positions in both the Virginia Health Care Association and the Virginia Association for Nonprofit Homes for the Aging. During his tenures at MontVue Nursing Home in Luray, the Newport News Baptist Retirement Community in Newport News and most recently, with Medical Facilities of America in Roanoke, David made life changing and impactful contributions to the lives of those with whom he worked as well as the senior adults whose care and comfort was entrusted to him.
David’s zest for life extended far beyond his work. He was an avid golfer, a talented woodworker and an adventurous boater. However, from an early age he was the most spirited as he sat behind his drum set. For more than 50 years David played in school, bands and churches as he shared his God given gifts of rhythm and music. Of all of his interests and talents, most dear to David was his family. He spent his free time teaching Lauren the game of golf, driving the Blue Ridge Parkway with Cyndi, swimming in Smith Mountain Lake with Jack and trading stories with Jared. He was at his most content when he was simply spending time with those he held dear, using his time to make us all feel loved and uplifted.
As a man of faith, David was guided by Proverbs 3:5,6 which states: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
David made a difference with his life from beginning to end and the legacy he has left behind for all whose lives he touched is a gift to be cherished. Rejoice with our family that we will one day join him to live eternally with the Father through our faith in Jesus Christ. And until that day, we may just hear his drums in the rolling thunder.
There will be no service at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to Franklin Heights Church, Union Hall Campus, 110 Hilltop Drive, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.
Our prayers are being said for the family and many friends. A life so well lived will not be forgotten.
We thank our Lord for David’s life and consider it an honor and blessing to have known him and played some music with him. His life was too short but it was a life well lived and honored God. God bless and keep Cyndi and family.
There’s always a sadness in our hearts whenever we have to prematurely say goodbye to a dear friend. However, we can grieve, pray, and remember with hope…..the hope that someday we will be reunited in a better place. We extend our deepest sympathy to Cyndi, Lauren, and the entire family. May you experience the Lord’s in a very real way.
David seemed always to be a cheerful person and full of life. I do not recall at anytime, he did not have a good morning smile.
I missed seeing him around at work, MFA, after he retired . But, happy he was retiring to spend some good relaxation time and quality time with his family.
I am sending prayers of comfort to his family.
I had the pleasure of working with David at MFA for numerous years. He made a huge impression on me by the way he treated/respected his co-workers, residents and staff at the facilities. He left a very large hole in our MFA family when he retired. His face was never seen without his great smile and the memory of his infectious laugh still brings a smile to my face. The family will be in my thought and prayers.
May the Lord bless and keep you.
What an honor to have met him along my life journey at MFA! He left a great impact on this world!
Many prayers to the family of this wonderful gentleman. His love for books, his love for music, his love for family were all the things we loved about David. But, most of all, all these things shown through his love for the healthcare system and all it has to offer those in need. His knowledge and desire for a successful driven business was still second to the desire and drive for quality driven care for those we serve each day. The healthcare industry has lost a great man but Heaven has gained a smart, funny, talented man. May his family and friends find peace in the days to come.
Dear Cyndi and Lauren, it is with grieving hearts that we say , “May the God of all comfort” comfort you in your loss. David was a kind and gentle brother in Christ. He was also courageous and walked in integrity. Thank you for allowing us the privilege of walking a few years with your family and your honorable husband and Dad. Love, Carey and Paula Robinson
I’m so blessed to have known you and to have spent 14 years as your co-worker and friend. To your family, I’m praying for the peace that passes all understanding that comes with knowing our Lord, Jesus Christ. I look forward to seeing you again and perhaps …. just perhaps …. there is an amazing golf course in Heaven. I look forward to playing golf with you again some day.
It was a privilege to work with David at MFA for several years in different capacities. He was a great man who was always challenging those around him to be better… He has been missed since retiring but I know we’ll meet again in Heaven someday soon. Prayers for his family as they navigate this next chapter in their family. Thank you David !
My wife worked for David and she never had anything but positive things to say about him…He was a wonderful Christian man and lived what he believed….After he retired he joined a golf club where I work,that’s where I got to know him better…He was a very talented golfer and I always enjoyed seeing him when he played…..He was like a breath of fresh air and we had so many good times just picking art each other….I’llreally miss that….So David…
.May all your holes be down wind and may every putt be in the middle….You were a great man and you will never be forgotten here at The Waters Edge…..
I had the honor of working with him for 17 years. Such a professional and kind person who had a laugh that was contagious. Always made staff feel appreciated. It was an honor and joy to work for such a great person. Prayers for his family.
David was a dear friend. We played together for quite a few years. His talent made us all sound better. I will always remember that
laugh. He was a very kind and loving man filled with joy and that very contagious smile. He will be missed. I’m glad I was able to know him and my life is better for it.
I have never been so heartbroken than I am tonight. I certainly do not have to tell you what a wonderful person David was to all of us. I believe I would have the same feeling if I would have met you guys somewhere other than Water’s Edge. All our love to you
John and Karen
Dear Cyndi, We are all so blessed to have had David in our lives. The four of us made so many wonderful memories around SML. David’s smile and laugh enriches us each day. Our love to Lauren, Jared and sweet Jack. Margy and Gerry
I worked for MFA for twenty years, he was always very nice & kind, when he visited our facility. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.. May God strengthen you and give you peace in the coming days.
My heart is breaking for you all now. David was such a man of integrity, compassion and kindness. He worked hard to make senior care the best it could be. He lead his Team by demonstrating himself his expectations of all of us. David’s passion for music will be with me always because many songs he would have a story to go with it. On another note his love for his family is something we all knew about. You and him in that convertible taking your drives, his love for Lauren and when he found out he was going to be a grandparent , his eyes danced with joy. He always shared pictures of Jack and his next milestone . Right now I will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts. My sincere condolences to you all. Love in Christ , Terrie Turner Hancock
It was an honor and privilege to work with David. He was a man of great integrity. Your work is done. Fly high.
David was was the best person I’ve ever known and the best boss I ever had. His quiet unassuming manner bolstered by his hearty laugh are the two things I remember the most. He shaped me as an Administrator but more importantly as a person. I still recall his euphemisms that have guided me personally and professionally: “incremental progress sustained over time” and “be the turtle” among many others. I am sure that he is providing guidance and direction in his quiet humble way even in his eternal home. I miss him every day and I thank him for the impact he made on me. Rest in peace my friend.
Cyndi please feel my heart felt sympathy for your loss of David. I am shocked and saddened by his passing. Stay strong and know he is now in a better place.
Cyndi, We are so shocked and saddened by the loss of David. Really enjoyed being around him.
Cyndi, Chris and I were so saddened to hear of David’s death. Praying all your fond memories will help sustain you through your grief. Sending you hugs. Diane and Chris
Cyndi and Lauren, we’re heartbroken to hear of David’s passing. David was such an inspiration and joy to know. He loved his Lord and you all and was always representative of his Lord. Of course, I’ll always remember David with drum sticks in his hands. It was joy to play music with David. My fondest memories occurred at 6:26 PM on Sunday nights when he’d kick off the 6:26 Band. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Our hearts are saddened and yet joyful to know that he’s with Jesus.
Thank you for sharing! Very sad news for him, his family and those who knew him. No one knows his time on Earth, neither the time of their birth nor the time of their passing. May he rest in peace.
Cyndi – Doug and I are so sorry to hear this news. David was a wonderful man full of warmth and kindness. He will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. May his memory give you comfort through this storm.
Cathy and I send our love and sympathy to you and your family. Although I didn’t know David well, I enjoyed the few times I was around him. His smile and laugh were constantly making everyone happy. May God Bless you and your family.
Peyton & Cathy
Til we meet again, brother! Heaven is rejoicing as you arrive; you are in peace and we’re the ones with a loss!
Sending prayers of comfort to you and your family.❤️
Father God I am thankful that I was blessed to know this man and learn from his leadership wisdom. He left a mark on every life he touched that will be forever a part of each of us. Give comfort and peace to his family as you have called your son home.
What a gracious, kind, and loving brother. The phrase, “Still waters run deep ” certainly seem appropriate to David. My limited time to work with him at First Baptist in Roanoke are valued highly. Reunion day is coming soon. Our prayers and love to family and friends…..
What a kind and gracious man. He will be missed. My fondness memory is of David joining the band at my wedding to play a few songs. Sending prayers of comfort to his beloved family.
What a shock! David was one of the nicest people I have ever known. Our prayers and condolences are with you and the family.
Bill and Jane Horne
Tad and I were heartsick at this news. We have been remembering David’s phenomenal smile, his warmth and positive attitude, and we feel lucky to have known him. Sending much love,
The leadership you provided and the lessons in leadership you provided for me here on earth will always be remembered. This world has lost a great leader and man. I rejoice in the knowledge and faith that heaven has made David whole and his mission accomplished on this earth he can rest and rejoice in the comfort of our Lord Jesus Christ. Prayers for the family. Until we meet again David good bye.
Cyndi and Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the passing of David
I was blessed to have been able to learn and be a part of his legacy.
He was a true gentleman and a real advocate for Health care and a wonderful mentor.
Heaven has gained a true angel. We all should try and be more like him in our daily walk.
Our Warmest thoughts and Sympathy
R. Keith and Cheryl Motley
I am so sorry for the loss of David. He truly was a kind, patient man who had the talent of bringing out the best in people.
I consider him a good friend who always took time to taik with me when I had theneed.
He “fought a good fight and kept the faith”. My condolences to all the family
We are so sorry to learn of David’s passing! Wishing Cyndi and the rest of his family peace during this difficult time. Be well with prayer 🙏
I am so sorry for your and our loss. Your and Davids impact on Franklin Heights Union Hall Campus will always be felt and very much appreciated. We miss you both.
Hope and Pray that you will be OK and that you know that you will always have us at Union Hall as your extended family.
Mike and Sylvia Pagans
I am so sorry for your loss. You guys were always so influential on me during the time we were all together at Franklin Heights Church Union Hall campus.. Not a Sunday morning or Wednesday night goes by that I don’t think about your when I enter the church. My prayers is that God holds you in his arms and gives you much comfort and strength to go forward.
Sorry for the loss of a good man.
My thoughts are with you during this time. You and David were a large part of our Franklin Heights UH Campus Sunday morning service and also Wednesday night connect group. Prayers are with you and your family as we are all grieving with the loss of our brother in Christ.
David left an imprint on the hearts of many and made this world a better place by being in it. His smile and laugh was contagious and will always be remembered. David is with are Heavenly Father now and suffers no more. His relationship with the Lord is what made and molded him into the man, husband,father, grandfather, father-in-law and leader he was. A humble man that would want to give the Lord all the glory for. I am thankful for the opportunity to have worked with him at MFA .Looking forward to seeing you in Heaven David. Praying for the familirs loss and may the Lord comfort them like only He can comfort.
Cindy – Peg and I are so sorry to hear of this devastating loss for you and your family. We pray that God will comfort all of you but understand that it will take a lot of time to adjust to these changes. We are still enjoying your beautiful home on Overlook and appreciate the opportunity that you and David gave us.
Dear Cindi, how my heart hurts for you and the family. You and David were a joy to know and to be around. You enjoyed life together and were so outgoing and kind to everyone. When I learned of the cause of David’s death it was a double hurt because my father had ALS. It is a horrible disease robbing one of everything except the mind. Oh, it is hard to accept this. We did enjoy his drum playing at church and were glad for him that he got to play every week later on at Franklin Heights. Where you and he were, there was a sparkle in the air. I am blessed to have known you both and hope to be able to see you again. Much love to you and the family.
I am a co-worker of Caren’s and would just like to say that I am so sorry for your loss. From this well written obituary it is easy to see that he was well loved and will be greatly missed. My prayers and sympathy are with you all.
For Caren, I know your memories of your brother will see you through this time of great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Grayson and I were saddened to hear of David’s passing. When David and Cyndi came to Luray we fell in love with them immediately. We have fond memories of boating on the river, hiking on the Skyline Drive, and celebrating the birth of his precious daughter Lauren. David’s love for life and family was inspiring. Cyndi was his soul mate who he loved dearly. He was kind, compassionate, intelligent, a talented musician, and a man of God. His laughter was loved by all. David’s heart was full of love and he was a shining light for others. We will always treasure the memories of our dear friend. Our hearts break for Cyndi and Lauren. May you find comfort in our Lord Jesus Christ. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7.
I do not know you personally but offer my heartfelt condolence to you and the family as I do know your Mom and Dad, Cindi, and the heartbreak they feel at this time. You were blessed with a wonderful husband who contributed so much to mankind and may his blessings to others continue on through each of us thru the examples he set. . My prayers are with you and the family at this time.
My friend and brother, I remember us in High School and DeMolay. Rich and textured memories that I’ll carry with me until the end of my days. And that signature laugh you carried with you through life – priceless. Say hi to the brothers that have gone before us. Congratulations on a life well lived. To God be the glory…….
See you soon,