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David “Dave” Joseph Kral | The Gazette

David “Dave” Joseph Kral

David “Dave” Joseph Kral

Iowa town

David “Dave” Joseph Kral, 81, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Monday, September 19, 2022.

The Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Joseph Sia officiating. Interment will be in Saint Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. The Rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Regina Foundation.

Dave was born on April 20, 1941 in Iowa City, the son of Joseph and Dorothy (Sedlacek) Kral. He graduated in 1959 from the first class of Regina High School. On October 31, 1961, Dave married Mary Ann Mellecker.

Dave worked at the University of Iowa as an electrician and carpenter.

Dave was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. His family was his life. Dave had a variety of interests which included woodworking, antiques, genealogy, travel, playing cards and gardening.

Dave is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Ann; their four children, Denise (Todd) Dietrich, Debbie (Kevin) Von Ahsen, Dianne (Mike) Reeve and Mike (Brenda) Kral; eight grandchildren, Stacey (Brian) Heiberger, Tyler (Morgan) Dietrich, Jackie (Clay) Wilken, Jessie (Vanessa) Von Ahsen, James Reeve, Justin (Chelsea) Reeve, Chelsea (Trever) Owens and Amber (Kolton) Stumpf ; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Pat Skay, Donna Matthes and Mary Ann (Kent) Kirkwood; and brothers-in-law, John (Marlene) Mellecker and Ed (Barb) Mellecker.

Dave was predeceased by his parents; grandson, Jordan Dietrich; brothers-in-law, Jack Skay and Bill Matthes; and her in-laws, John and Mary Mellecker.

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