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David John Pruess

David John Pruess, 54, of Grand Junction, Colo., died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, as a result of a Sept. 12 motorcycle accident in the Grand Junction area.

Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 8 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Clarence, Iowa. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Chapman Funeral Home in Clarence.

Survivors include his wife, Judy; sons Ben and Adam; his mother, Margaret Pruess of Clarence, Iowa; brothers, Dennis (Anita) of Clarence, and Dan (Nancy) of Marshalltown, Iowa; an aunt, Gladys, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and nieces and nephews: Renae, John, Christopher, and Sonia.

He was preceded in death by his father, Glen, and his sister, Molly.

David was born in Clinton, Iowa Nov. 3, 1949. He grew up on the family farm east of Clarence, graduating from Clarence High School in 1968.

After graduation, David served in the Army National Guard and attended Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls. After two years, he transferred to the University of Iowa, where he met Judy Talbert.

David and Judy were married in May 1973, in Davenport, Iowa. At the time of his death, David had been general manager of Fruita Cooperative in Grand Junction, Colo., since May 1, 2004.

Previously, he was general manager of Munson Lakes Nutrition in Howard Lake for two years; Gateway Cooperative in Conroy, Iowa for 15 years; and Farmers Cooperative in Afton, Iowa for four years; assistant manager at Farmers Cooperative in Hinton, Iowa for three years; and location/assistant manager at Consumers Cooperative in Iowa City, Iowa for two years.

Prior to his cooperative management career, he had also briefly worked for Shasta Corp. and Mass Mutual Insurance Co., as well as doing custom farming in the Clarence area and working for the Clarence Co-Op.

Professional memberships included: director, Cooperative Mutual Insurance Company; Cenex/Land O’Lakes Agronomy Advisory Committee; director, Marengo Golf Club; Cenex/LOL Managers Council; Cenex/LOL Seed Advisory Committee; director, Iowa Institute of Cooperatives; and past president of the Rotary Club, Marengo, Iowa.

Dave will be remembered as a loving husband and father, caring person, forward thinking businessman and friend to many.

Although he is no longer with us, we might find comfort knowing he was last doing what he loved, riding his Harley Davidson.

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