David was born Feb. 27, 1940, in Smithland, the son of George W. and Nelle C. (Heywood) Christman. He graduated from Smithland High School in 1957. He attended Morningside College, graduating in 1981 with a degree in agribusiness and accounting. Dave's career was the United States military for 35 years. He enlisted into the United States Army in 1957, served during the Vietnam War, and in 1983, he joined the 185th Iowa Air National Guard. He retired in 1992.
Dave enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, adventuresome cooking and do-it yourself home projects. Most of all Dave loved his family and friends.
David married Sandra K. (Wilcox) on Feb. 14, 1964 in Sioux City. They spent 40 years there together raising their family. In January of 2004, the couple moved to Le Mars to be closer to their children. Sandy preceded Dave in death on Nov. 5, 2004.
He was a member Nativity Catholic Church in Sioux City and St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars.
Survivors include four children, Karri Schrunk and her husband, Don, Kimberly Smith, Charles Christman and James Christman and his wife, Felicia Muniz, all of Le Mars, and Terry Mann of Sioux City; two sisters, Susan Conyers and her husband, David of Omaha, Neb., and Mary Ellen Sorenson of Sioux City; a brother, George Christman and his wife, Pat of Sioux City. Survivors also include nine grandchildren, Elizabeth (Schrunk) Sheldon of Le Mars, Wendy Schrunk of Dubuque, Riley Smith of Le Mars, Matthew Horton-Christman, Steven Horton-Christman, Daisy Christman and Summer Christman, all of Le Mars, Janelle Hagen and Justin Hagen both of Sioux City; a great-grandchild, John Sheldon; and many nieces and nephews.
Dave was preceded in death by both parents and a brother, Harold Christman.
Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at Nativity Catholic Church in Sioux City, with the Rev. James Tigges of St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, officiating. There will be a private burial at a later date. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. and a vigil service at 7 p.m.
Casket bearers will be his children, with his grandchildren serving as honorary casket bearers.
Online condolences may be sent to www.meyerbroschapels.com