David Allan Anthony, son of Robert and Martha Anthony, was born on December 30, 1965, in Ottumwa, Iowa. David grew up in Fayette, Iowa, where he was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church and attended Fayette Community Schools. David attended his last year of high school in Iowa City, Iowa, and later attended Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.
David worked for the Chicago Central Railroad for two years. He was employed in the roofing trade for many years, performing demanding work that required strength, stamina, and endurance. He was proud of the work he did putting roofs on commercial buildings, including structures at The University of Iowa and a John Deere plant, among many others. In recent years he worked at the Fayette County Recycling Center in Fayette, retiring in 2014.
David loved to play the drums and possessed a genuine talent. While living in Iowa City his last year of high school, he played with a local band. He continued to meet up with musician friends on occasion in recent years, to jam and play music together.
David enjoyed swimming and reading and was a WW II history buff; he had a deep appreciation for and interest in Native American cultures and peoples. He enjoyed watching The History Channel, and he rooted for the Minnesota Vikings and the Iowa Hawkeyes. David loved animals and his two feline "kids" were constant companions.
David was happiest when manning the grill preparing supper. He had an unfailing sense of humor. David was an intelligent man who possessed a gentle nature and a big heart. He was often kinder to friends and strangers, than to himself.
David passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at his home in West Union. He was fifty years old. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Marty Anthony, and his niece, Jackie Streeter. He is survived by his sisters, Carol (David) Streeter of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, nephew Jason (Caroline) Streeter, New Jersey, and Lisa Anthony and nephews Kamil and Samuel Anthony, all of Iowa City.
David's family wants his friends and caregivers to know how deeply grateful we are for your role in our brother's life. He appreciated your compassion and respect, and we thank you for the love you demonstrated as you stood by him. Special thanks to Nina Brickman, Diana Hall, Mark Wulfekuhle, Glenn Smith, and Dr. Geralyn Zuercher.
Memorial services for David will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 13, 2016, at the United Methodist Church in Fayette, Rev. Hyeunmee Kang officiating. The family will greet friends for one hour preceding services at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests friends may make a donation to your local animal shelter or food shelf or pantry, in David's name. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette is assisting David’s family.