As per David's request, his body was deeded to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Thielen Funeral Home, Burlington, where the family will receive friends. The memorial service for Mr. Lafever will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Wayne Weissenbuehler officiating. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Thielen Funeral Home following the service. Burial will be at Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date. A memorial has been established for Nature Conservancy for Iowa.
Born Jan. 19, 1932, in Buffalo Prairie, he was the son of W. E. Lafever and Gertrude Miller. On Oct. 17, 1954, he married Marleen E. Stropes in Edgington. She died Jan. 16, 1999.
He was a graduate of Joy High School, Joy, and also attended Iowa State University. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during the Korean conflict.
David was a customer engineer for IBM for 35 years. He retired in 1991. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid reader.
Survivors include two daughters, Vicki L. (Ken) Plummer, Burlington, and Joni L. (Scott) Lafever-Brown, Normal, Ill.; one son, Michael D. (Mary) Lafever, Bettendorf; five grandchildren, Caitlin Plummer, Emma Plummer, Ashley Lafever, Tanner Lafever and Mallory Lafever; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joseph E.; and three half brothers.
Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting David's obituary at www.thielenfuneralhome.com.
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