David Thomas Suchomel Sr., 85, of The Woodlands, Meth-Wick Community, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 7, at Kenwood Park Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids. The family will be available at the church for visitation at noon, with a luncheon at the church following the service. Private inurnment at Czech National Cemetery will be held at a later time.
Dave was born to Anna Cerny and Harold Hartman on May 8, 1931, in Des Moines. He was adopted seven months later by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Suchomel and raised and educated in Cedar Rapids. Dave graduated from McKinley High School in 1949, attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon and Drury College in Springfield, Mo. He then served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. He married Janet Herrbach and had four children. They later divorced. In 1966, he married Evelyn Jones Mabee, and adopted son Jeff.
Dave was one of the first people to implement and operate large computers at Collins Radio and continued in a career in data processing. He wrote programs for Publix Supermarkets in Florida in the late 1950s, was involved in writing programs for scheduling and report cards for the Cedar Rapids Community School District, was supervisor of data processing at Quaker Oats and retired as a senior systems analyst from Aegon / Transamerica. He enjoyed camping, boating, traveling and tinkering with anything mechanical, particularly cars and model trains. Music was also important in his life. He was a member of Kenwood Park United Methodist Church and a member of the American Legion for over 50 years.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; sons, Tom (Irene) of Cedar Rapids, Randy (Rita) of Van Horne, Jeff (Vickie) of Omaha, Neb., and Kurt (Peggy) of Lee's Summit, Mo.; daughter, Sherrill (Dave) Herke of Estherville; and brothers, Joseph Suchomel of Falls Church, Va., and Steve (Linda) Hartman of Akron, Ohio.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Naida Anderson and Marcia Hartman; and special niece, Thean Burke.
The family would like to thank the staff of The Woodlands and the nurses of Hospice of Mercy for the care provided to Dave.
Memorials may be made to Kenwood Park Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association.
Posted on Wednesday, 5 April 2017