David W. Lawver
Date of Birth: January 2, 1955
Date of Death: March 30, 2018
April 3, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Lewistown
April 3, 2018 - 12:00 PM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Lewistown
Lewistown- David W. Lawver, 63, of Lewistown passed away at 11:50 AM Friday March 30, 2018 at Unity Point Methodist in Peoria.
He was born January 2, 1955 at Canton the son of Leland “Wayne” and Faith (Ward) Lawver. He married Jill Nolan on October 1, 1977 at Summum. She survives along with one daughter, Brianne (Michael) Kennedy of Lewistown, two granddaughters, Madison and Georgia Kennedy of Lewistown, and his dachshund Bits. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Nancy and Norma.
Dave graduated from Astoria High School and then from Western Illinois University, with a Bachelors in Social Work. He served his country in the US Air Force. Dave was an investigator for the Department of Children and Family Services, where he was respected and cared for by many. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown and the Lewistown American Legion Bishop Post 1, of which both memberships gave him great pride. Dave was well known for his never give up attitude and his love for the lord and music. His biggest enjoyment in life was his girls Jill, Brianne, Madison, and Georgia. Dave was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Tuesday April 3rd at the Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown with Donald Ike Hackett officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Lewistown with military services conducted by the Lewistown VFW Post 5001 and the Lewistown American Legion Bishop Post 1. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until noon Tuesday at the memorial home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be designated by them to the charity of their choice. To view Dave’s life tribute video or to send online condolences visit henrylange.com.
From: Dale Mar 31 2018 5:45PM Sorry for your loss From: Tom & Dana Ford and family Mar 31 2018 6:18PM So sorry to learn of your loss-Dave will be missed by many. Our prayers are with all the family. From: Jamie Remick Mar 31 2018 9:42PM Jill, I am heartbroken. There are no words to tell you how sorry I am. Dave was such an amazing person. His smile was contagious, and he always made my day a little brighter. I always got so excited to see him, and his hugs were the best. I want you to know just much how much you both mean to me, you two are such amazing people and you have the biggest hearts. It was truly an honor to care for and know Dave, I will miss him more than you know! My heart is with you and your family. I wish I could be there for the service, but know my thoughts will be with you that day. From: Dennis & Rhonda Pasley Mar 31 2018 9:48PM Thoughts & Prayers are with the family ...So sorry for your loss.. From: Lonnie Smitt Apr 1 2018 9:17AM Our Prayers and Condolences to the entire Family. Dave and Jill have been friends with Mom and Dad for many years. Dad served with Dave on the Fire Department for many years. A Great loss for many. Linda Smith, Lonnie and Kathy Smith and family, Lana and Travis Koontz and Family From: Craig W. Miller Apr 1 2018 12:46PM To Jill and the rest of Dave's family my sincere condolences. He was a great guy. Fought more than a few fires with him. From: Keith and Karen Stille Apr 1 2018 4:24PM Jill and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Your will be in our prayers as you go through this difficult time. Dave was one of the nicest guys we have ever known. He was an inspiration and encouragement during the difficult job of protecting children and working with families at DCFS. He had a great testimony for the Lord in his life and will be missed until we meet again.
Keith and Karen.
From: Gerry Gibson Apr 1 2018 7:59PM Mrs. Lawver, my sincere heartfelt condolences on your loss. Dave and I started together with DCFS in the Rock Island field office. A nicer man I’ve not met in my life. He was a one of a kind investigator, but more than that, he was a one of a kind man. He was simply the best and I will always miss him. RIP my friend. From: Ted Shirley Apr 1 2018 9:01PM I remember Dave from when my father was the minister at the Summon church.Dave had been a good friend for many years. He will be missed but I rejoice that he is now at peace. I am sorry but I will not be able to attend services God's peace be with you From: Carlene Erno Apr 2 2018 7:06AM Jill, I sincerely send you, your children and grandchildren my heartfelt sadness at the loss of truly the nicest most generous man I have ever met. You are a lucky woman to have had such a truly kind and gentle soul as your husband, father and grandfather. I am so sorry for your loss but know every time you think of Dave it must bring a smile to your face?? From: Vickie Banks Apr 2 2018 12:11PM Jill and Family- I was so sorry to hear of Dave's passing and send up prayers of comfort for all of you during this very difficult time. It was my privilege to count him as a friend and also as a colleague at DCFS. He was such a kind man who cared for others, loved his girls, and praised the Lord. My husband, who passed almost 9 years ago shared Dave's love of music and so enjoyed the times that the two of them saw Eric Clapton in concert. May your memories of him give you strength. He will be missed by many.
From: Damon, Marcie, and Deagan Apr 2 2018 5:18PM Aunt Jill, Bri, and Family, we are truly sorry for your loss. Uncle David will be missed and he will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in peace. We love you! From: Anna & Ralph Parkinson Apr 2 2018 7:39PM So sorry to hear of your loss. Call if there is anything we can do. Anna & Ralph From: Shelly Welker Behrens Apr 2 2018 10:58PM Jill & Family:
You are in my every thought and prayer . Cling tight to those memories that will make you laugh until you cry in the coming days those will bring you comfort and peace.
My hope is that God will comfort you in the darkest of days and nights .
Love & Prayers,
Shelly (Welker) Behrens
From: Garth and Carolyn Cripe Apr 3 2018 8:44AM Our sincere sympathy to Jill and all the Lawver family. What a gentle giant of a man. So glad we saw him at the restaurant in Lewistown not too long ago. May all your many sweet memories help give you needed comfort. From: Sandra Nolan Ray Apr 3 2018 1:27PM So sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family. From: Beverly Brooks-Ashley Apr 4 2018 3:52PM Jill, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Prayers and Very Special Thoughts for you and your family. From: Marilyn Biesenthal Apr 5 2018 9:30PM Sorry for the loss of Dave He was an awesome friend and will be truly missed by all who knew him
My brother and I grew up playing with Dave and his sisters as kids in Summum
From: Max shawgo Apr 6 2018 6:39AM So sorry to hear about Dave.i wish I could of gotten up to see him.He was such a great guy.Again I'm so sorry to hear this.prayers for the whole family. From: Cheryl Ince May 27 2018 2:43PM I am so sorry about Dave's passing. I just found out a few minutes ago when wondering how he was doing. We're traveling to Beardstown and thought maybe about stopping by since I hadn't seen Dave since my late husband passed away. My husband Ken and Dave worked together a lot. Ken was a detective with the Kewanee Police Department. Ken and Dave became very good friends from working together. Ken has been gone 15 years. He's waiting for all his family and friends, now Dave and him can hang out together again. My dearest sympathies to Dave's family.