David Craig England was born May 13, 1951, the eldest child to loving and devoted parents, Mary Lou Votava England and Paul ‘Buck’ Martin England. Dave grew up on farmsteads surrounding Clearfield and later graduated from Clearfield High School in 1969.
On February 14, 1971 Dave married the neighbor girl who lived down the road, Virginia Lyddon. Dave and Gin bought a farm of their own close to their parents and started a family.
In November of 1972 Heather Elise made her appearance followed by Craig Michael in 1975. Dave farmed, raised hogs and did carpentry. He later pursued a career in plumbing and electrical which he never fully retired from as family and friends would call for advice or help on any plumbing or electrical situation. Dave and Gin parted ways in 1994.
After a courtship that began with handwritten letters, Dave married Pam Brown on October 31, 1999. Dave and Pam resided at his farm south of Clearfield where they cultivated their beautiful Oz garden with flowerbeds that continue to grow and bloom every year. They first became grandparents on March 26, 1996 with the birth of Taylor Elise Gaule. Followed by Merik Gaule 1999, Aiden Gaule 2001, Brenden Swank 2002, Gabriella Swank 2004, Brodee Swank 2005, Shae Swank 2008, Eva England 2009 and Bohdin England 2012.
Dave enjoyed many hobbies including fishing with grandchildren, nieces and nephews, coming up with Spam recipes to share with his favorite son-in-law, tinkering in his shed, World War II history, reading, helping with the flowerbeds, watching the squirrels and hummingbirds in his yard, amateur photography to share with everyone, painting happy little trees, building yard ornaments, texting with his granddaughter Taylor and sharing stories about his plumbing adventures.
Dave passed away in Clearfield on May 27, 2019 surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his dad on November 7, 1998 and his mom on May 17, 2019.
Survivors include his wife Pam of Clearfield; children Heather (Bob) Lillie of Corning, IA, Craig (Jennifer) England of Clearfield, IA, Luke (Alisha) Swank of Waukee, IA and Clint Swank of Waukee, IA; grandchildren Taylor, Merik and Aiden Gaule, Brenden, Gabriella, Brodee and Shae Swank, Eva and Bohdin England; brother Doug (Priscilla) England of Clearfield, IA; sister Lori (Dan) Christensen of Leon, IA; 7 nephews and their families; several cousins including special cousins Colleen Haglan-Lynch and Sheila Brown; aunts and uncle; other relatives and friends.
Services: 2:00 p.m. - Friday, May 31, 2019 at Armstrong Funeral Home – Mt Ayr
Officiant: Rev. Al Rusk
Open Viewing: 2:00 – 8:00 pm, Thurs, May 30 at United Methodist Church in Clearfield
Family Present: 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Thurs, May 30 at United Methodist Church in Clearfield
Burial: Clearfield Cemetery – Clearfield, IA
Memorial: In his name to be decided later