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David Earl Grove

March 21, 1950 ~ April 10, 2020 (age 70)


David Earl Grove, age 70, of Unionville, Iowa, passed away Friday, April 10, 2020 at MercyOne Medical Center in Centerville.

He was born March 21, 1950 in Sigourney, Iowa, the son of Charles Alvin and June (Mathias) Grove.  Dave received the first two years of his high school education at Mallard High School in Mallard, Iowa.  His Junior and Senior years of school were completed at Moulton Udell High School, graduating in 1968.

Following his high school graduation, Dave continued his education at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas, where he completed two years of college.  After that he served two years in Brethren Volunteer service.  During that time he worked as a Normal Control patient for National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and drove semis for Church World service out of Houston, Texas and Modesto, California.

In his early adult years, Dave was an insurance agent in Waterloo, Iowa.  He eventually relocated to the Unionville, Iowa, area where he farmed with his father, Charles.  Dave subsequently worked for Richard Burger for a few years.

Dave was united in marriage to Glenda Lynn Mease on June 11, 1977 at the Fairview Church of the Brethren in Udell, Iowa, and to this union of marriage, two children were born, Eric in 1986 and Adam in 1990.  Dave and Glenda purchased their family farm near Unionville, Iowa in 1979.  In the mid-1980s, he owned and operated Dave’s Shoe Repair in Bloomfield, Iowa also.

Dave returned to college and graduated from Iowa State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.  He then became employed with the Iowa Department of Transportation in 1995, and worked there for an estimated period of ten years.  In 2005, he accepted the position of County Engineer in Davis County and maintained this position until his early retirement in February of 2017, due to health reasons.  In about 2002, he and the family began breeding English mastiffs and later Great Danes also.

In his earlier years, Dave enjoyed riding motorcycle, playing guitar, singing in a gospel quartet, and playing golf.  Most importantly, he cherished the time he spent with his family and friends.  Dave was a longtime member of the Fairview Church of the Brethren.  

Left to honor his memory include his wife, Glenda Grove of Unionville, Iowa; two children, Eric Grove of Anamosa, Iowa, and Adam Grove of Unionville, Iowa; four siblings, Christine (Jerry) Tobias of Conrad, Iowa, Thomas Grove of South English, Iowa, Yolanda (David) Butler of Eldora, Iowa, and Rosie (Tim) Cox of Cushing, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews and in-laws; as well as many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and June Grove; and his in-laws, Gerald and Gladys Mease.

According to family wishes, cremation has been accorded.  A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date once the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.

In lieu of flowers, you may give online in memory of David to the Bone Marrow Transplantation Fund,  in support of research, education, training and patient care at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, or to the Iowa Marrow Donor Program Fund, to recruit donors to the national donor registry, or you may mail a memorial check made out to Glenda Grove to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544.  

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