David Joe Thrane
David Joe Thrane, 84, died at Karen Acres Healthcare Center on May 28, 2022, following a years-long battle with dementia and arthritis. David was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His family moved to Garden Grove to farm full time. At age 17, David enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served three years in the Army, 82nd Airborne Division, spending an extensive amount of time stationed in Germany. He was discharged in 1958.
David’s career path led him to the construction field. Eventually, he landed a job with Robert E. McKee Construction and served as a construction superintendent until his retirement. He took pride in showing his kids and grandkids the projects he had helped build, which included the Dallas City Hall and the Texas Instruments plant.
David was married four times. He is survived by his six biological children, Sharon (Coleman) Farrar, David (Dawn) Thrane, Robert Ross, David (Colleen) Ross, Teressa (David) Edwards and Loretta (Joe) Wellendorf; five step-children, Jerry (Glinda) Welty, Lowanna (T.J.) Jackson, Larry Welty, Debbie Arntfield and Amber Buckner; 31 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; four siblings, Bonnie Wineinger, Gregg (Lisa) Thrane, Gary Thrane and Doug Thrane. David was preceded in death by three sisters, five brothers, two step-sons and one grandchild.
Funeral services were Saturday, June 4 at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, Des Moines.