David D. Zea, age 80, of La Porte City, died Thursday, January 1, 2015 at La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center.
He was born February 1, 1934 in Union Grove, Wisconsin, the son of Howard L. and Geraldine June (Wheeler) Zea. Dave graduated from St. Ansgar (IA) High School with the Class of 1952. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Business from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Dave was united in marriage with Sylvia F. Steinberg on June 1, 1952 in Mason City, IA. She preceded him in death on March 26, 1994.
Dave began his career after High School working for the FBI in Washington, D.C. for a year and then he entered the U.S. Army, serving from 1954-1956. He taught school in Geneva, Iowa for a year and came to La Porte City in 1961 where he taught Junior High School Government and Civics. He later left teaching and pursued a successful career selling insurance for Life Investors. Dave became a rural U.S. Mail carrier in 1980, retiring in 1995.
He was a former member of the Union Community School Board and was instrumental in the consolidation of the school district. Dave was a past school board president and volunteered his services for many years at the school, announcing football games for 31 years and serving as Boys’ Basketball equipment manager for more than 20. He was recently recognized and awarded a plaque by past and present Boys’ Basketball coaches for his many years of dedicated service.
Dave was keeper of the keys for the La Porte City Community Center for many years, a job he truly enjoyed. He was an active member of the American Lutheran Church, serving on the church council and as choir directior for many years. He was a past recipient of the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism and the La Porte City Jesse Wasson Award. Most of all, Dave loved time spent with his family and his “granddogs.
Survivors include his four children, Becky (Bob) Smith; Jeff (Gwen) Zea; Mary (Glenn) Delagardelle, all of La Porte City; and Steve Zea of New Hartford; 5 grandchildren, Jason (Amanda) Smith, Jakob Zea, Nick (Brooke) Reiter, Dr. Brock (Jess) Reiter and Cheyne Reiter; 3 great grandchildren, Willow Sue Smith, Cael Reiter and Peyton Reiter and a sister, Betty (Derwyn) Blanchard of California.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sylvia; grandson, Jarrod Zea, and a brother, Richard Zea.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe Street in La Porte City. Private family inurnment with full military honors will be held at a later date in West View Cemetery. Public visitation will be held from 4:00 to7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 Main Street, and an hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com