David Neal Orwig
David was born December 22, 1940 at his home in rural Pocahontas
County, IA to Sylvester John Orwig and Virginia Mae Berglund. He
attended Chariton High School until his senior year when the school
district was reorganized and graduated from Russell High School in
1959. After high school Dave went to work for Hallett Construction in
Northern Iowa, earning money to go to college. He attended Northeast
Missouri State University where he got his Bachelor’s Degree in
Education, graduating in 1965.
Dave met his wife of almost 54 years, Karen Peters and was married
on November 22, 1961 at St John Lutheran Church, rural Palmer, IA. Dave
and Karen lived most of their married life in the Russell/Chariton
area, where David taught for over 31 years for the Chariton Community
Schools. Dave was a facilitator for continuing education at Indian
Hills Community College for several years and loved being an educator,
enjoying his students to the fullest. He and Pat Jennings formed
Jen-Wig construction in 1978-80, later selling insurance for Life
Dave has always been a farmer/rancher, raising Red Angus cattle
which kept him busy during his retirement years. His biggest love was
David was a member of First Lutheran Church in Chariton for over 60
years , serving as a church board member, president and adult Sunday
school teacher. He most recently attended Brushy Community Church, near
Rathbun Lake. He was also a member of the CCEA, Red Angus Association,
and Farm Bureau and had been a Rotary member, serving as an Ambassador
for the District 600 Group Study Exchange Team to Norway.
David passed away Sunday October 11, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society Home Care and Hospice in Ottumwa, IA.
David is preceded in death by his father Sylvester (Bud), mother
Virginia, sister Sandra, son Steven John Orwig and brother-in-law James
He is survived by his wife Karen, daughter-in-law Joy (children
Steele and Hannah) of Bloomfield, IA, son Mike (Lori, children Allyson
,Schaefer and Jack) of Indianola, IA, son Mark (Kim, children Garrett
and Grady) of Ottumwa, IA, nephew Jason (Katie, children Morgan and
Jensen), brother Leo (Roni) Orwig of Chariton, IA,
brother Dennis/George (Bonnie) Orwig of Chariton, IA , sister
Lois/Muffy(Ron) Tonelli of Moravia, IA, brother-in-law Dennis (Mary)
Peters of Ankeny, many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Funeral services for David Neal Orwig, 74, will be held Thursday at
10:30 AM at Fielding Funeral Home with visitation Wednesday evening from
6 – 8 PM. Interment will be held in the Chariton Cemetery. Pallbearers
are his 7 grandchildren, with honorary pallbears, Dale Parrish, Kenny
Kittle, Carl DeJong, Mike Bishop, Ron Altenhofen, Morgan Peters and
Jensen Peters. Memorials may be directed to Brushy Church, Chariton
Public Library and the Good Samaritan Hospice in Ottumwa
The family wishes to thank all for the love, prayers and support they have received.
He was born May 23, 1927, to Ray and Ruth Kells in Russell, Iowa. The family moved to Powell in 1941, where Dean graduated from high school and enjoyed participating in many activities. He played in the PHS band and was elected senior class president.
Dean enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduation and served as a paratrooper in the 22nd Airborne Division in World War II, stationed in Japan.
He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stetson University and the University of Florida and began a lifelong career in education at Ocala, Florida. He married Mary Ross Anderson in 1957, and they had two children, Ross and Deanne.
In retirement, they moved to Montreat, North Carolina where they kept a summer cottage in the mountains. They purchased “The Glass House,” and used it as a bed and breakfast retreat center for many conference groups. In 2008, they moved to Highland Farms Senior Community in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
Throughout his life, Dean enjoyed music, traveling and frequent family reunions with the “Kells Cousins,” who included former Powell residents Dolores Bovee Bleekman, Janet Bovee Burgess and Carol Mathews Bever.
Besides wife Mary and sister Shirley Halleen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, other surviving family members include son Ross and wife Michelle of Edgewood, New Mexico, and daughter Deanne of Black Mountain, North Carolina; five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
A private memorial service will be conducted at a later date in North Carolina.