DAVID LEE LYNCH
David Lee Lynch left this world on August 11, 2020 at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines after a long battle of heart disease and kidney failure.
David was born on April 13, 1946 to Robert and Elizabeth Lynch. David grew up and lived his life on the farm, two miles north of Maloy, IA. He went to Maloy School until he was in eighth grade, and then went on to Mount Ayr, where he graduated in 1964. David was a proud member of 4-H and the FFA chapter and received his state degree and was also on the track team where he ran the half mile.
David has fond memories growing up farming, showing livestock, getting grand champion steer at the county fair and hunting with his dad and his brothers.
After high school, David attended Iowa State University. After a couple of years, he dropped out to return home and do what he always wanted to do, and that was farming. He believed that he could learn just as much from his dad on how to be a farmer.
David was drafted into the U.S. Army and six months later was sent over to Vietnam. He was in the 101st Airborne Division, 506th Infantry Screaming Eagles. During his time in the war, he became a Sergeant and his company was sent to Hamburger Hill to help fight the battle and later win the hill. David received a Bronze Star for bravery; Army Commendation Medal for exceptionally meritorious achievement for the period 7-1-1968 to 11-30-1968; Air Medal Award for more than 25 jumps from a helicopter into a hot landing zone; along with a Purple Heart. In 2015 David wrote a short book about his time in Vietnam. David was a strong advocate against Agent Orange, as he has seen the tragic events it has done on his war friends along with himself. After the war David came home and went back to farming with his dad.
David met his wife, Nancy Dailey, at the Maloy Dance Hall and on September 27, 1970 they got married and later had two children Jason David and Meggan DaNae. This year they would have celebrated their 50th anniversary.
David always had a good eye for livestock. He and his family raised purebred Charolais. David and his kids showed cattle and had many champions at the County Fair and the State Fair, that were raised from his herd. Then there were the bulls; David sold Charolais bulls all over and was well known for his bulls.
David was 4-H leader for the Maloy Shamrocks and was on the extension board. David always loved to hunt from the time he was a kid until now. He made many friends hunting his coon dogs and also had an eye for great dogs. He was lucky enough to have a grand nite champion one year and was number one coon dog in the state of Iowa. He raised and sold dogs all over the United States. He loved to listen to the dogs “bay” after treeing a coon. Another love for David was sports. He loved his Cyclones, Chiefs and Royals. There weren’t very many times he missed a game either on the radio or watching tv.
David loved his family very much and was always willing to help out and lend support to them when they needed it. David made friends easy. He could talk about anything with anyone. That was one thing he did often with his grandkids. He enjoyed being a grandpa and watching their activities. David and Nancy were baptized August 4, 2020 in their home.
David is preceded in death by his parents, Robert (Bob) Lynch and Elizabeth (Liz) Lynch; father and mother-in-law, George and Alverta Dailey; and brother-in-law, Paul Dailey.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Nancy, of the home; son, Jason (Tara) Lynch of Gordon, NE; daughter, Meggan (Dave) Brown of Grant City, MO; grandkids, Seth Brown, Dreven Brown, Paige Lynch and PJ Lynch; sister, Teena (Ron) Gater of Columbia, MO; brothers, Alan Craig (Ann) Lynch of Columbia, MO and Randy Lynch of Ankeny, IA; sister-in-law, Donita Lynch of Ankeny, IA; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.
Services was at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Rev. Emily Peasley.
Songs were “Even Though I am Leaving”, “Amazing Grace” and “When I Get Where I’m Going”.
Casketbearers were Seth Brown, Dreven Brown, Paige Lynch, PJ Lynch, Rob Lynch and Randy Lynch.
Honorary pallbearers were Fred Feuring, Kirk Swanson, Glee Mobley, Craig Braby and Jeremiah Howell.
Military Honors were by Ringgold Post #172, American Legion and U.S. Army Honor Guard.
Burial was at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, IA.