In Memory of David A. German

David A. German
David A. German
Born: January 8, 1947
Died: January 15, 2017
Age: 70
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David A. German
January 8, 1947 - January 15, 2017
From: Nevada, IA

David A. German, age 70, of Nevada, Iowa, died at his home on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

A Celebration of David’s Life will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2017, at the family home, 1313 4th Street, in Nevada. 

Born January 8, 1947, in Battle Creek, Iowa, David Arlen German was the son of Cleo Thomas and Lillian Margaret (Jacobsen) German.  He graduated from Battle Creek High School, then attended and played football at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake.  He earned his master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky College.

On April 3, 1976, David was united in marriage to Janet Lang in Iowa City, Iowa.   

David was employed in various capacities throughout his life.  He taught sciences at several high schools, including Cincinnati, Ohio, and Battle Creek, Iowa, and later worked in the men’s clothing field in Iowa City and Ames.  David also worked in law enforcement, serving as Chief of Police in Colfax and as Deputy Sheriff for Lucas County.  In later years, he enjoyed working at the Lincoln Center HyVee in Ames.

David loved football and was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers.  He also enjoyed attending gun shows and spending time with his precious grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Survivors include his wife, Janet; two daughters, Jennifer (Chad) Olson of Nevada, and Deb Blake of LaPorte City; ten grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Gerald German of Battle Creek, and LeRoy (Judy) German of Altoona; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Leon German.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of David and his family.


Monday, January 30, 2017 at 1:41 PM
“Dear Family,

I was a high School classmate of David's. We played football together and before school, we help delivery milk. I will always remember his wit and smile. It was great to see him at our 50th class reunion. He was a great friend and man. May God grant you comfort. Ron Rossow”
- Ron Rossow
Monday, January 23, 2017 at 1:55 PM
“Janet and Jennifer and all,
Keeping you in our thoughts at this difficult time. I remember all the summers together in Battle Creek and trips to Nevada. So sorry to miss the celebration of life. We love you! With you in spirit.

Love, Gillian, Nora, and Toby”
- Gillian Schneider
Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10:03 AM
“ Dave in his own special way was a very unique influence on those around him… though sometimes he seemed a little rough and gruff and frankly said what was on his mind he truly attempted to improve and teach those around him. He was a good man on this earth he had an understanding that he wasn't going to make a difference to somebody across the world on the other side of the ocean but he knew he could make a difference for those around him. I know I will not think of any gun show without thinking of Dave. I had the pleasure to enjoy his company on many occasion and thought highly of what he had to offer to the situation at hand . He will be missed . My condolence to his whole family and though he may no longer be walking among us he has left us with one of the greatest gifts of all some wonderful memories . I am very sorry for your loss .”
- Jerry Gull
Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10:03 AM
“Janet and Jenny,
We are so sorry for your loss. Such a hard time, I know. We keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Hoping for much peace in the coming days, as you remember all the cherished moments you had as a family.
- Rebecca Funke
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 3:09 PM
“Janet and Jennifer,
I wish to let you know how very special a Man David was to many , I always enjoyed visiting with him when I came to Nevada. With a sad heart I send to you all my Love and Prayers. I pray that you find comfort in knowing he is in the Lords hands healed of his pain. He is now watching over your family with his big smile . LOVE and PRAYERS always Terri”
- Terri Nelson
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Celebration of Life
4-7 p.m.
Friday, January 20, 2017
German Family Home
1313 4th Street
Nevada, IA  50201