Winter Funeral Home and Cremation Service
David L Abels
(October 17, 1937 - February 26, 2012)
David Abels, age 74 of Buffalo Center, IA passed away at the Hancock County Memorial Hospital in Britt, IA on Sunday February 26, 2012.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Thursday March 1st at the First Congregational Church in Buffalo Center with Pastor Tim Diehl officiating.
Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5-8 PM at the church.
David LeRoy Abels was born in Buffalo Center, Iowa on October 17, 1937 to Joe and Cora (Eisenhauer) Abels. He graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1956. One of Dave’s favorite lunch spots was the Lake Mills A&W Drive In, which he frequented often due to the cute carhop he met and would someday marry.
On June 19, 1960 Dave married Jane Johnson and to this union three children were born. Dave loved to farm and lived to farm. He was also involved with the community and served on the local Farmer’s Elevator Board and Congregational Church Board. During the 70’s and 80’s he also delivered motor homes for Winnebago Industries. These trips took him to 47 different states.
Dave loved to fish and enjoyed many memorable fishing trips with family and friends. Dave enjoyed watching stock car races and attending races at the nearby dirt tracks. He also had an interest in computers and spent many hours educating himself learning the new technologies. He participated in the first on-line computer technology course through a local college and educated himself in writing his own programs for friends and businesses. Following this experience he helped several friends and relatives develop computer skills of their own.
Dave especially appreciated his family and the many friendships he had. His grandchildren were one of the highlights of his life and he enjoyed spending time with them.
Dave passed away on February 26, 2012 at the Hancock Memorial Hospital from complications of Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Dave is preceded in death by his parents and his mother and father-in-laws, Marion and Thelma Johnson.
Left to cherish his memory include his wife Jane of Buffalo Center, IA; son Dan (Deb) Abels of Thompson, IA; daughter Julie (Vince) Johnson of Swea City, IA and son Cory (Jamie) Abels of Clarion, IA; grandchildren Adam and Andrew Abels, Lindsy and Lacey Johnson and Madison, Colton and Amelia Abels; brother Don (Marlys) Abels of Sun City, AZ; sisters Barb (Larry) Weaver of Buffalo Center, IA, Jan (Dave) Kiewiet of Buffalo Center, IA, Bev (Al) Murra of Vermillion, SD; aunts Pauline Eisenhauer and Dorothy Caltvedt both of Buffalo Center, IA; In-laws Judy (Earl) Trenhaile of Manly, IA, Joan (Bill) Stewart of Canon City, CO, Jan (Joe) Stock of Canon City, CO, Jill (Vern) Thompson of Lincoln, NE, along with cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Dave will always be remembered for his integrity, good work ethic, his quick wit and sense of humor.