In Memory of

David Walter Lawrence

June 1, 1945 - November 10, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
David Walter Lawrence

David Walter Lawrence

Born: June 1, 1945
Died: November 10, 2019
Age: 74

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 David Walter Lawrence was born June 1, 1945, to Walter and Janine Lawrence, in South Buffalo, New York.  Educated there, in Holy Family Grammar School and Bishop Timon High School, he graduated in 1963.  He then went on to play two seasons of Junior “B” and Junior “A” Ice Hockey, in both Ontario and Quebec, Canada.

     Beginning in 1965, he served for three years in the Marine Corps, including a tour in Viet Nam, (1966-1967), eventually receiving an Honorable Discharge, with a rank of Staff-Sargent.  He enrolled at Arizona State University in September, 1969, where, in 1972, he earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in both Audiology and Speech Pathology, with a Minor in Psychology.  In 1973, he received his Master of Science Degree in Audiology.  His Master’s Thesis was described by his Thesis Committee to be a “Pivotal Work”.

     David’s Audiology career spanned 43 years and included experience in Research (including several published research-studies), Neurological and Clinical Audiology, as well as Aural-Habilitation.  He was a competitor in the sport of Powerlifting, for over 35 years, holding multiple State, American and World Records, and was inducted into the MDSA Powerlifting Hall of Fame, in 1995.  In 2006, he was recognized as a “Fellow” by the American Academy of Audiology.  In 2009, he qualified for inclusion in Cambridge “Who’s Who” of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs.

     His love for all animals knew no bounds, and he always referred to them as “God’s Children”.

     He was married and divorced twice, with no children.  He was pre-deceased by brothers Adam (1931), Walter (1933), Paul (1961), mother (1965) and father (1976).  He is survived by twin sister, Joan Marie (Lopus), residing in Pennsylvania and step-sons, Lance and Troy Stevens, both residing in Minnesota.

     Any monetary donations, in David’s memory, are requested to be made to either Spencer, Iowa “People for Pets” Rescue, or “South Central Newfoundland Rescue Club” (Indiana).

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Father Tim Hogan
Family will be present one hour prior to the service to greet friends.
"Don't Worry Baby"
"San Francisco"
"Here Comes The Sun"
"We've Only Just Begun"
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"Ave Maria"


Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 11:50 AM
“We thank the Lord for the privilege of having Dave in our lives . His intelligence, humor , and concern for fellow humans and animals
were rare qualities we can all aspire to. I have indeed been a lucky person to have known and spent time with Dave, aka, Igor!”
- bill leinheiser
Friday, November 22, 2019 at 3:31 PM
“Finally, someone who's as rock solid as they come. That's what Dave meant to me and my co-workers at Valley Neurology Associates. I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say Rest In Peace big man. Peace out.”
- Al Hummerich
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 8:28 AM

Down this road, in a gym far away,
a young man was heard to say,
“No matter what I do, my legs won’t grow.”
He tried leg extensions, leg curls, and leg presses , too
trying to cheat, these sissy workouts he’d do.

From the corner of the gym where the big men train,
through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain,
where the noise is made with big forty fives,
a deep voice bellowed as he wrapped his knees.
a very big man with legs like trees.

Laughing as he snatched another plate from the stack
chalking his hands and monstrous back,
said, “Boy, stop lying and don’t say you’ve forgotten,
the trouble with you is you ain’t been SQUATTIN’.

-Dale Clark

Thanks For Everything.”
- Luke Jorgensen
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 2:09 PM
“My deepest sympathies for the loss of Dave. He was my mentor and friend who got me into a job selling hearing aids which I love. He was always encouraging and supportive. I hate that I missed him a month ago when he stopped to see me. Please let me know funeral arrangements when they are made. Again my man ever loved their dogs more. Rest In Peace my friend.”
- Peggy Hinkhouse
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 9:30 AM
“I will miss seeing Dave Saturday mornings at the Victory Gym. He shared my love for books and movies and there was always a good conversation on those mornings. He loved his dogs more than anything and losing them was crushing for him. He was certainly one of the most interesting and accomplished people I have ever met. Saturday mornings will never be quite the same. Rest In peace Dave. ”
- Dan Hasty
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“On behalf of all of Dave's High School classmates (1963) from Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo NY, we send our condolences and prayers to Dave's family and friends. He was one of the good guys . . . may he rest in peace@”
- James McPhee
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“David was a good guy .I met him at Bishop Timon.A fine fellow,he will be missed.”
- Ed Williams
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“Dave had a family of friends at the Victory Gym in Cherokee. We looked forward to his company every Saturday morning. We are all missing his intelligent conversation. Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss.”
- Mary Ann Montgomery
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:57 AM
“Rest In piece Brother. I love ya and miss ya. The world is definitely a lesser place without you in it. So many memories of you that I will always remember and cherish; you were a mentor of mine since I was 15 years old; back in the winter of 1991. ”
- Jason Johnson
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