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David Lloyd Nycum


Private Family Graveside- Monday, August 3, 2020 at 10:30 AM(Live streaming available see obituary)

Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD


David Lloyd Nycum, 63, of Hagerstown, MD, left this life on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at the Inova Hospital in Fairfax, VA. He was a loving husband and gentle soul who lived life fully and completely, putting his entire self into everything he did. David was kind and giving to everyone he met. He was a true kid at heart with an infectious laugh and ready smile that lit up a room.

Born Monday, November 19, 1956, in Hagerstown, MD, David was the son of the late Robert Earlston Nycum and the late Doris Ann (Jack) Nycum.

David retired in 2014 from Applied Industrial Technologies in Frederick, MD, after 38 years in the industry. He was honored with many awards for his service, dedication to his profession, and work with his clients. David was a long-time member of Otterbein United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, where he served on numerous committees and in various ministries. In January he became a regular attendee at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren. David was a member of Antietam Exchange Club for several years and a current member of Waynesboro Country Club. 

David loved sports. He was a competitive athlete, and his passion in recent years was pickleball. He was a coach as well as an avid player. He competed in many tournaments and won medals in practically all of them, qualifying twice for the National Senior Olympics. David also was extremely active in the Hagerstown YMCA and in the Emerald Pointe Community, where he resided with his wife, Debbie.

David was a man who thoroughly enjoyed his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Debra W. Nycum; two brothers, Gary A. Nycum and wife Michele of North Beach, MD, and Scott R. Nycum of Denver, NC; sister, Angel A. Fitzwater and husband Chad of Moorefield, WV; beloved cousin, Cheryl A. Frame and husband Tom of Williamsport, MD; Brother-in-Law, Rob L. Wetzel and wife Toni of Rohrersville, MD; Brother-in-Law, Randy L. Wetzel and wife Lori of Hagerstown, MD; Mother-in-Law, Pauline E. Wetzel of Boonsboro, MD; Step Mother-in-Law, Barbara B. Wetzel of Boonsboro, MD; cousin Shauna L. Schatz and husband Joe of Fairfax, VA; cousin Kari A. Heimberger and husband Shane of Hagerstown, MD; two aunts and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A private family graveside service will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., at Rest Haven Cemetery, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD, with Pastor Twyla Rowe and The Rev. Dr. Stephen D. Robison officiating. To view the graveside serivce live, use the following link <>

A celebration of David’s life is planned for the fall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hagerstown YMCA, 1100 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD, 21742.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.

To watch David's graveside service, click here. 

Guest Book

Debbie, I have been trying to find the words to send to you of my deepest sympathy for the lost of David. I was shocked when i found out and just saddened to hear. Have always thought the world of you both and so so happy I was able to know him even if only through you guys flying out with us at HGR. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you throughout this time and God will provide strength. Lean on him. So sorry! Sincerely, Peggy

Peggy Siler
Hagerstown, MD

We were shocked to hear of Dave's passing and extend heartfelt condolences to Debbie, Gary, Michele and the entire extended family. We will always remember Dave (from our "Glory" days at the old YMCA) with a warm welcoming smile. Prayers for peace.

Trudy Mackrell-Metz
Sunset Beach , NC

Reba (Mom) and I where devastated to hear of cousin David's passing. He was the nicest person and has left us all way too soon. May God bless him as he was a truly special man. Debbie I am so, so sorry for your loss. You two were great together. Our prayers to both the Nycum and Wetzel families. Reba (Aunt) would talk about both of you often and the visits / lunches over the years, you two really made her day stopping by.

Doug Shobe & Reba (Nycum) Shobe
New Market, MD

I am so sorry and heartbroken to learn of Dave’s passing. He will always be remembered as a kind and gentle person with an infectious smile. May his family know how many are sending prayers. God bless

Ranelle Flurie
Hagerstown , Maryland

I'd like to extend my most sincere condolences to the Nycum and Wetzel families. I knew Dave for quite a long time mostly through the YMCA, and through Gary and Michelle. He was always in good spirits, and always friendly to everyone around. He left us too soon and will be sorely missed. Kirk Grooms

Kirk Grooms
Hagerstown, MD

Debbie, we truly will miss David. We enjoyed all the ushering, altar guild help and “church talk” we shared with you both. We wish we could have had more time with David. He always smiled and was truly kind to everyone. We will continue to keep you in prayer and we are here for you. We love you.

Brian, Cinnamon and Tanner Shay
Hagerstown, Maryland

So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and if there is anything we can do for you, please let us know. Donnie and Lauren

Don Jack
Walkersville, MD

To Debbie and all of Dave's family, Please receive my condolences and prayers on the loss of Dave. I was sad to hear the news of his passing. He loved you and loved life and had much enthusiasm for fitness and encouragement for people. I was blessed to serve breakfast to Dave and other Antietam Exchange Members every Thursday mornings at Applause Caterers. Dave was truly a nice guy and I enjoyed hearing him talk about his love for sports and athletics. I think he was the first to tell me about the sport of pickle ball and I, too, have come to love playing it. May God bless and comfort your hearts today and in the days ahead as you trust Him to do so. Linda Seifarth

Linda Seifarth
Hagerstown, MD

While I didn’t know you very long, the 3 group pb lessons showed me that you were a very good and generous soul. God bless you and your family.

Brenda and Don Ardinger
Hagerstown, MD

Dear Debbie, Our deepest sympathy in the death of David. We were saddened to hear the news. The two of you were perfect for each other. May your cherished memories help to bring comfort. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you.

Jenny and Bob Palla
Middletown, MD

I am so sorry for your loss.

Ronda Hutchison
Falling Waters, WV

Debbie, I was so very sorry to hear about the death of your husband when Linda, Donna and I were doing a 3-way call this afternoon. May you feel the love and support from your friends and family at this sad time. Thinking of you!! With love and sympathy,

Barbara Crampton Linthicum
Frederick, MD

Dear Debbie ~ It has been over 3 decades since You and Dave were married at Burnside Bridge; and I was fortunate to attend. The years zoomed by ~ warp speed. Dave ~ always kind. Always smiling. Very Competitive. And Organized - for any event. Such a good man. My condolences to you and all of Dave's family members; and hug every memory.

Addie Moller Dailey
Hagerstown, MD

Debbie, My deepest condolences to you and your family. My North High friendship with David is a source of fond memories that still make me laugh and reminisce. May God keep you and your family close and may David's kind and gentle spirit remain with you always. Valerie King Reston, VA

Valerie A. King
Reston, VA - Virginia

We are so sorry for your loss . We met Dave on the Ireland trip so we just knew him 10 days but he was so nice and considerate, he made our trip enjoyable.

Mr and Mrs Butch Cramer
Westminster , Md

Debbie, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. God’s blessings as you grieve. Sharon

Sharon Elkins
Waynesboro, PA

Deb, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I can't imagine what you're feeling but know you are loved.

Celeste Kitchen-Hornbecker
Port St Lucie, FL

Debbie, I share my deepest heartfelt condolences to you and the family. I look back with fond memories of North High School days together. He was a great friend to many and will truly be missed. My love and prayers are with all of you.

Lynne Hershey
Wilmington, NC

I am so very sorry to learn of the tragic,unexpected,, loss of David. Polly often talked about his passion for pickle ball and spoke highly of him.My prayers go out to Debbie and all the family.

Elizabeth Reeder
Boonsboro, MD

One of the most decent respectful men I ever met. God Bless !

Hagerstown, MD

Debbie, I am very saddened by your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Marty Potash
Walkersville , Maryland

As a fitness instructor at the Hagerstown YMCA in the 80's and 90's, I had the privilege of attending Dave & Debbie's wedding. They made a truly lovely couple!! Learning of Dave's death is certainly heartbreaking. Prayers for Debbie and the entire family! May the Presence and Love of the Lord Jesus Christ provide comfort, peace, and strength on your journey through grief...

Kim (Anthony) Kennedy

Debbie, I was so terribly sad to see David’a obituary in the newspaper. I still remember your beautiful wedding at Burnside Bridge—it doesn’t seem like that long ago. I’m sure you have many wonderful memories of your years together and I hope they will give you some comfort. Love, Lori

Lori Parks-Murphy
Hagerstown , MD

I've known Dave for many years through Alcoa - Eastalco Works. I was a buyer in the purchasing department and Dave was our account representative with Applied Industrial Technologies. Dave was an excellent representative and represented Applied Industrial very well. He was a problem solver, was always available, and did a commendable job. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dave's family and to his many friends and associates.

Tom Dutrow
Frederick, Maryland

Dear Debbie and family, I’m deeply saddened by David’s passing. I truly enjoyed his friendship. It was a pleasure to have been a member of the congregation, and you, at Otterbein United Methodist Church, where we all felt like family. Also, I enjoyed his heart for helping the children at the annual Antietam Exchange Club Christmas Parties, and other club events. I’m sending you, all, prayers for healing and strength until you meet David again, in the glorious place beside our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Brenda Bush
Hagerstown , MD

Debbie: I offer my heartfelt condolences. David was a kind and compassionate soul who offered friendship and encouragement to everyone he met. He truly didn’t have a mean bone in his body! He clearly adored you, I admired your beautiful relationship and I know his love will carry you through.

Jessie Kretzer
Hagerstown, MD

I'm shocked and saddened to learn of Dave's passing. I'm glad I got to know Dave when he shopped at Martin's, where I previously worked. I enjoyed when Dave and I would talk about sports, life, and he would tell me about his pickleball tournaments. Dave was a great person and I will miss him. Debbie, you and your family have my sincerest condolences.

Ted Piotrowski
Williamsport, Maryland

Larry Baldwin
New Bern, NC

I am so sorry to hear the passing of Dave. He was great guy and always a true gentleman. He will be surely missed. Steve Brigido Surfside Beach, SC

Steve Brigido
Surfside Beach, South Carolina

My heartfelt sympathy to you.

Colleen Wishard
Little River , SC

I am so sad. I was looking forward to Dave teaching me Pickle Ball. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.

Laurie Bramley
Hagerstown, MD

Debbie, So very sorry to hear of David's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Betty & Joanna Walter

Betty WEalter
Myersville, MD

So sorry for your thoughts are with you and the family!

Cindy Shoaf
Hagerstown, Maryland

Getting to know Dave over the past 18 months through Pickleball has been such a joy. Always upbeat and happy yet competitive, which I appreciated. Dave’s age (same age as I) and his sudden passing shook us all. Thankfully Dave knew his Lord Jesus personally and was welcomed home by Christ. Take comfort knowing we’ll all meet again. Well done faithful servant!! ✝️

Alan Smith
Waynesboro , Pennsylvania

Debbie, So sorry for your loss. We were hoping Dave would pull through. I had started running into him at the YMCA. I had picked up teaching kids swim lessons again. Dave was usually heading out to play pickleball. I remember when we would try to beat my dad playing Pinochle. 1970's. We never stood a chance. We'll be thinking of the two of you. Allen & Shirley Burch

Allen & Shirley Burch

Debbie and family members my prayers and condolences to you.I have fond memories of the elite group we had at the old YMCA.May you have strength to carry on with Dave's wishes.

Terry Gearhart
Hagerstown, Select State

Debbie, Sam and I are so very sorry to hear of David’s passing. You and your family our in our prayers.

Linda Ritchie
Hagerstown , MD

Debbie, I got to know Dave on the pickleball court playing with the Tom Brown group. He was a joy to play with and very encouraging to me. I'm so sorry for your loss. He will be missed. I'm praying for you and your family.

James S Byers
Chambersburg, PA

So very very sorry to hear this Debbie. My prayers are with you.

Phyllis Keliher
Hagerstown, MD

So very sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was sure a wonderful man. I had the privilege of fitting him with his eyeglasses when I worked in Hagerstown. Sending my heartfelt sympathy to Debbie and the family.

Sandy Hess
Martinsburg, WV

Oh, Debbie, I am so very very sorry to learn this terrible news. I can well relate to your feelings and thoughts right now. Please know that. I wish you comfort and healing. There is no template but your own. Bob

Robert Beard
Hagerstown, MD

I am so sorry to hear of David's death. I knew him through Otterbein. He was a pleasure to talk with and I could feel his intelligence, warmth and concern. My condolences to the family.

Tom Statton

My thoughts and prayers are with Debbie and the extended family. David was a true Christian man. He touched the lives of a lot of people and will be missed by many. Sincerely, Judy Williams

Judy Williams
Hagerstown, MD

David was a dear childhood friend. I’m so sorry that he passed. Condolences to you Debbie and his family.

Terry Cornelius
Salisbury , Md

I didn’t have the pleasure to get to know David but I know Debbie and I’m sure he was a wonderful person. God decided it was time for David to be in a better place and I’m sure he’ll be watching over us and mostly over his family. I’m sorry for your loss.

Shirley Parra
Hagerstown , Maryland

Debbie, it is with much sadness that I learned of Dave’s passing. My sincere condolences. Dave and I worked closely for seven years and he was always someone that I could count on. He was the backbone of our operation. God bless you and stay strong.

Ted Wolicki
Parker , Colorado

Debbie, I am so sorry. You have my deepest sympathy. I will be thinking of you in the days to come. Love, Kathy Thornhill

Kathy A. Thornhill
Hagerstown, Maryland

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Debbie. We will miss Dave at our “happy hour.” You have a forever angel.

Tim and Marilyn O’Rourke
Hagerstown , MD

Our sincere sympathies to Debbie and family. We will truly miss Dave at all of our athletic events. He was a true gentleman. Thank you for sharing him with us in the evenings. We are all thinking about you and your family.

The North High Family
Hagerstown, Maryland

My sincere sympathies to Deb and all of the family. How difficult this must be for all. I pray for comfort and strength for everyone and may his memories stay in your heart forever. God bless. Sharon Field

Sharon Field
Hagerstown, Maryland

Dear Debbie, my deepest condolences on your loss. David’s friendship was truly a gift. Thank you for sharing him with all his pickleball friends! God Bless!

James Lobley
Waynesboro , Pa

I am so very sorry for your loss Debbie. Prayers for comfort and strength.

Keri Dill
Greencastle, PA

David was such a wonderful person and I will miss him greatly. He was always fun and friendly and a great Pickleball player. My condolences to you all.

Virginia McGovern
New Oxford, PA

Gene and Kay Ogilvie
Hagerstown, MD

Debbie, Donnie and I still cannot believe that David is gone. He was such a very loving, sweet and kind man. What a beautiful smile he had. And you could tell he truly loved you. We treasure all of the fun times we had with him at dinners and vacation. We will miss him terribly but we have great comfort knowing where he is. Please know your friends are here to help you through this.

Roberta and Don Maas
Hagerstown , Maryland

We have been praying for all of to find comfort and peace during this difficult time. We hope that your faith will guide you through. David loved life and his family.

Cindy Kauffman
Boonsboro , MD

Our deepest condolences to your family during this difficult time. May you find comfort in happy, loving memories of David. You all are in our prayers. Stephanie Davari & Kerry McConnon

Stephanie Davari

Debbie and family, with sincere sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tom and Lisha Bikle
Boonsboro , Maryland

Debbie prayers for you at this time. David was a caring uncle to Grant and Madison. He will be missed.

Williamsport, Maryland

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