David Hammer, 64, of Malvern, IA, passed away June 18, 2019. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Glenwood Park in Glenwood, IA, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Loess Hills Funeral Home of Glenwood assisted the family with arrangements.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are directed to the family
David Lynn Hammer, 64, of Malvern, Iowa passed away peacefully on June 18, 2019.
David was born May 11, 1955 as the first child to Harold Roy Hammer and Velma (Shannon) Hammer. He attended school K-12 graduating from Glenwood High School in 1973.
Early in his adulthood, David had one daughter, April Lynn. He later married Ann Sorenson. During their marriage, they moved to Harlan, Iowa where they raise their daughter, Johanna. Later David moved back to live in Malvern, Iowa where he worked at the Malvern Elevator and then ventured into truck driving for Malvern Fertilizer. David spent his final years operating Dave's Tire Service until his failing health prevented him from working.
David had a great passion for his race cars. He could be found every Saturday night at the speedway near Pacific Junction, either racing or watching the races. If David wasn't racing cars, he spent time outdoors, animal trapping in the nearby creeks in the hopes of trapping muskrats, beaver or even that one mink he was so proud of.
Although David lived an isolated life, at times he had a wild side. He was soft-spoken and had a very gentle spirit. David was a true friend to those who knew him. His rough exterior did not often show the great man he truly was. His kind soul is now at peace. David will be missed by his family and friends.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Velma Hammer; maternal grandparents, Chester and Mable Shannon; and paternal grandparents, Harold and Ethel Hammer.
David is survived by his daughters, April Lynn Hammer, and Johanna Lyon and husband Chad; brother, Jeff Hammer and partner Espie; sisters, Pat Olson and husband Monte, and Barb Hammer and wife Janie; aunts, Joan Hammer and Georgianna Shannon; nieces and nephews; cousins; and a host of friends.
In addition to the soot face, Dad said they were sitting there shooting mice with a beebee gun and putting them in a Twinkie box. That cracked my Dad up
Dave and my brother, Jake were great buddies back in the 80s. Dave lived with my brother in a shithole apartment in Defiance, IA. I drove from Glenwood up to the apartment to clean it. It took me all day long! Dave was there at one point and he was so sweet. He had very few words but his face told me he was amazed at my cleaning effort. My Mom always said Dave had a “hollow leg” and could eat $100 worth of groceries in two days, but always was so lanky and skinny! When Dave and my brother Jake lived out in some small farm house they were renting in Glenwood, my Dad had driven out there to see why my brother hadn’t showed up for work. He said when he walked in, there was Dave, his face all black covered in soot from the fireplace. There were many Dave and Jake adventures and my family always loved Dave. You couldn’t ever be mad at him for anything! Hopefully, Dave’s soul met up with Jake’s and trouble will abound again! My brother was usually the lead troublemaker! Dave just quietly and willingly followed along with the high jinks. Dave was a good person with a big heart and hopefully, he has met up with Jake and Billy and the three go riding Harleys. All my condolences go to Daves family. He will really be missed
You will be dearly missed, as you were just like my son, with love always Rose Bartles. We will miss you every Sunday for family dinner and every holiday. You have always been a part of the Bartles family and hope you are with Jim and Rod now looking down on us. Thanks for being a part of the Bartles family and all the wonderful memories we can always look back on. With love always, the Bartles Family.
So sorry to about Dave's passing. We spent a lot of time together growing up on Hazel St. during our junior high days. He was a kind person that enjoyed cars, music and riding bikes around the neighborhood. Rest in Peace, Dave.
My heartfelt thoughts to all that survive Dave. Although we hadn't connected in years, I can say that Dave was a man of his word. If you ever needed anything, he was there. We had some terrific times going through school and burnt some bridges but he always said we wouldn't look back. The times will never be forgotten. Thanks for the memories my friend.
I knew Dave through some of my high school years and a little after. Dave always made me feel safe when I was in his presence. He truly had a special spirit, wasn’t pretentious, a true friend that made me feel he cared unconditionally. Karen (Orpin) Anglin
I am so sorry to hear that Dave has passed. I had not seen him in years but he and my brother Mike were best friends when they were younger. I have lots of memories of him hanging out at our house. I know they saw each other a lot when Mike would go back to Glenwood to visit. Unfortunately as happens those times got less often. Mike passed away in Dec. 2009. He had been talking about making a trip back to get reacquainted with his old friends but unfortunately didn't happen.
My thoughts and prayers with you all.
So sorry for the loss of Dave. Have known him for years and ran with him thru high school yrs. Dave loved his Ford trucks and race cars. He will be missed and my blessings go out to his family. May peace be with you during this difficult time.
Dave was a childhood friend..our moms were friends & Jeff and Dave put up with me...I am so sorry to hear this & my condolences and prayers go out to the family.
So sorry for the passing of Dave. Havs known Dave for years. High school days and teen age years spent with Dave will be well remembered. Dave was always spending his around cars and his Ford pickups. He will be missed and blessings to his family.
I have known Dave all my life, he was like an uncle to me and he will be dearly missed. I will forever treasure all the memories.
I was blessed to spend the early years with Dave. He had that welcoming smile that always put you at ease. His kindness was a role model to those around him. He was always quiet but you knew he was a strong soul. Sending loving thoughts to his family.
This man was a wonderful kind patient person I loved him as my friend and he took as much good care of my little Red Beetle.
Sorry for your family’s loss. I remember Dave from school. He had a welcoming smile & was always kind. Rest In Peace . Carol Robertson
I'm so sorry for our loss. He was a gentle man with a very kind demeanor. He will be missed by many.
Hugs, love and prayers...
Dave was truly one of the very best. My husband and I have known him our entire lives and you couldn't ask for a better man in your corner. We love you Dave and will miss you. Tell Jimmy and Uncle John hi for us. Rest easy💚💜
I didn't know Dave very well but he and my husband had long talks when Dave would work on our cars. He was a good "car guy" , very knowledgeable, honest and fair. I'm sure he and Smitty are catching up and probably discussing how overdue I am for an oil change now that Dave isn't here to do it. Rest in Peace Dave, you have earned it.
Prayers to all of you. I didn't know David well but what I did know was that he was a very kind man. He would come into Casey's kinda shy and when he got to the counter he was very quiet and the next thing you know there was a smile that would melt your heart. I've not seen another like it.
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