David N. Slade, 77, a lifelong resident of North Liberty, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in David's memory. To share a thought, memory or condolence with his family, please visit the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.
David Neal Slade was born Jan. 26, 1943, in Iowa City, the son of George and Edith (Teague) Slade. David spent his entire life in the North Liberty area, a local icon indeed. You would see him around town on his three-wheel bicycle (his fourth one at the time of his death) clearing the streets of cans, sharing his wave and his very unique smile. He loved the parades, always as an entrant with his bike decorated to the hilt. When the trains use to go through town with passenger cars, David would be on the road near the tracks waving at the passengers as they went by. There always was a special spot for trains in David's heart. When there were fire calls, David was down at the fire station keeping things safe and orderly while the firefighters were out. He loved the Iowa Hawkeyes, Disneyland and, most of all, his family and the many friends he made over the years. He didn't say much, but you knew in his look that he liked you!
His family includes his four living siblings, Richard Slade, Bob Slade (Sandy), Mike Slade and Shirley Slade; two sisters-in-law, Delores Slade and Anita Slade; and numerous other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Kenny, Russell, Raymond, Billy and Donald "Tucker"; and a nephew, Steve.
In honor of David's passion for the Iowa Hawkeyes, everyone is encouraged to wear black and gold on Friday at his service, thank you.