David Michael Henessee, age 85, of Mount Pleasant, died Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Dave was born January 14, 1938, in New London, Iowa, to Michael “Pearl” and Stella (McDorman) Henessee. He grew up in the Mount Pleasant area and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1957. He was married to Verla Coburn for about 20 years. Dave worked at the Amana Colonies and Blue Bird early on, later becoming a machinist at Heatilator for 25 plus years until his retirement. He served as a Supply Sergeant in the 224th Engineer Batallion of the Iowa National Guard for 20 years. Dave was an active member of the First Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School, led youth groups, participated in Bible studies, and drove the church bus.
Dave enjoyed roller skating and ice skating with family and friends in his youth. He spent many hours playing with his kids and his nieces and nephews. When snowfall allowed, Dave was known to break out the ladder to build the tallest snowman possible. A huge sports fan, especially of the Hawkeyes and the Burlington Bees, Dave also played a mean game of Hearts.
Dave was known for his kindness, generosity, calm demeanor, and a love for making fun.
Survivors include two daughters: Valerie Henessee of Mount Pleasant and Kristy (Eric) Kruse of Tipton; two grandsons: Jake Kruse and Nick Kruse and four sisters: Mary Hunting of Osceola, Indiana, Ruth Fobes of Melbourne, Florida, Lois Schmidt of Grantsburg, Wisconsin and Linda Perry of North Branch, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2023, at First Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, with Pastor Steve English officiating. Burial will be at Forest Home Cemetery in Mount Pleasant. There will be no visitation.
A memorial fund has been established for First Baptist Church. Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel in Mount Pleasant is caring for Dave and his family.