(3-15-21) The Stateline lost a big part of the local sports community in the passing of Dave Schwartz. Dave and his wife Margie owned Dave’s Dugout in Celina for many years, they were also involved with the Grand Lake Mariners, including hosting team members over the years.

The Schwartz’s loved auto racing and were involved in many different forms. The two established a charity, “Midwest Racing Fanatics” to help injured drivers.

But in the late 1970’s and 1980 Schwartz was the head coach for the boys basketball and baseball teams at Mendon-Union, his teams were always competitive but in Mercer County it was always a tough game every time they played.

1980 Mendon-Union Basketball

1980 Mendon-Union Baseball


David W. Schwartz, age 77, of Celina, passed away at his residence on Friday, March 12, 2021.

Dave was born September 20, 1943, in Toledo, the only child of the late Kenneth & Evelyn (Witty) Schwartz.
On September 1, 1984, Dave was united in marriage with Marjorie Beckstedt. Margie survives, along with three children: Andy (Fabienne) Schwartz of St. Petersburg, FL, and Heidi (Tim) Thees and Denny Hull of Celina, and four grandchildren: Derek Drummond, Sara Thees, Austin Hull and Randall Hull.

For 14 years, Dave was a teacher for the Severe Behavioral Handicapped (SBH) class at Van Wert City Schools. Over the years, he had also been employed as a teacher and coach at other area schools, including Mendon-Union, Marion Local, and Fort Recovery.

Dave attended the Covenant Community Church in Coldwater. Dave and Margie had served as host parents for Grand Lake Mariners Baseball players.

Dave enjoyed anything sports related, and many will remember him as the owner of Dave’s Dugout in Celina, which later became the Main Street Emporium.

Dave and Margie established a charity, “Midwest Racing Fanatics”, which benefited Hospice, and later “Midwest Auto Racing Charities”, which assisted injured race drivers.

Calling Hours are at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Celina, Wednesday, March 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, with the Funeral Service to begin at Noon. Pastor Eric Muhlenkamp will officiate. Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery in Celina.

Those attending are required to wear masks, practice social distancing as much as possible, and follow the COVID-19 guidelines established by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Grand Lake Home Health & Hospice.
Condolences can be expressed to Dave’s family at dickandsonshellwarthfh.com.