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David W. Schrampfer

June 7, 1942 — September 1, 2021

David W. Schrampfer, the son of George C. Schrampfer and Cordie A. (Jacob) Schrampfer was born June 7, 1942 at his parents’ home in DeSoto, Missouri. He died September 1, 2021 at Accura Nursing Home in Manning, Iowa at 79 years old.

David was baptized at Redeemer Lutheran Church in DeSoto, Missouri. He was confirmed at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elkader, Iowa. He graduated with the Elkader senior class of 1960. He enlisted his senior year in the Marine Corp.
A few days after his 18th birthday, he left for Camp Pendleton, California. He was honorably discharged April 23, 1963. He lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with his oldest brother and worked construction doing terrazzo marble floors. In 1964, he went to work for National Cash Register Company.

April 10, 1965, he was united in marriage to Joan Mercer at the Presbyterian Church in Springville, Iowa. They were blessed with two daughters, Denise and Debra. David worked for Waddell and Reed Securities from 1966 to 1970. The family moved to Davenport, Iowa in 1971. David worked for Mutual of Omaha and Insurance Counselors. In 1980, David decided to move his family to Exira, Iowa where he purchased the Viking Agency to sell insurance and enjoy small town living. He operated the agency until January 2014 and had to retire due to his failing health.

David was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Audubon, Iowa. He taught Sunday school, Bible Classes for the adults, Confirmation, was an Elder and was in the Evangelism group.

David enjoyed being in all the groups he was in throughout many years. President and board member in many groups throughout Audubon County which included: Exira Community Club, Exira Public Library, Exira Booster Club, Exira Lions Club, Audubon Economic Group, Audubon Hospital Aux. Group, Audubon Friendship Home, and Audubon Republican Party. David was a member of Ballou Post #332. He enjoyed carrying the POA flag in the 4th of July Parade. He and some other Marines started having a Marine Corp. Birthday get together every year.

David loved the outdoors. He was either hunting, fishing (Poppa loved fishing with his grandkids. He thoroughly enjoyed the fishing trips with the Bald Brothers), hunting for morel mushroom, gardening, planting trees, planting more trees, and many flowers. He also enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and the St. Louis Cardinals play. But most of all he loved being with his daughters and grandsons.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, Willis Schrampfer and Dan Paul Schrampfer; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Neva Mercer; and his brother-in-law, Jon Mercer.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Schrampfer of Exira, Iowa; his daughters, Denise (Lonn) Kilworth of Exira, and Debra (Sherrie) Schrampfer of Omaha, Nebraska; his grandsons, Michael Kilworth of Exira, Matthew (Lindsay) Kilworth of Altoona, Iowa, and Christopher Kilworth of Exira; his sisters, Marian (Rudy) Helsa of Waterville, Iowa, and Eunice (Reverend Harold) Scheer of Iowa City, Iowa; his sister-in-law, Marilyn Schrampfer of Houston, Texas, and Kerry Schrampfer Kinkaid of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; many nieces, nephews and other relatives/friends.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 10:30 A.M. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Audubon with Pastor Mike Bodkins officiating. Inurnment will be in the Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at a later date. The family will greet friends on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Exira. The honorary bearers will be Michael Kilworth, Matthew Kilworth, and Christopher Kilworth.

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Service Schedule

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Kessler Funeral Homes, Inc. - Exira

234 West South Street, Exira, IA 50076

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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