David Lee Farnsworth, 59, of Solon, died unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
Funeral services were held Sept. 13 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Burial was in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in David’s memory. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com .
David was born Jan. 30, 1954, in Iowa City, the son of Robert E. and Evelyn (Aubrecht) Farnsworth. Following graduation from City High School in 1972, he attended and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1978. He joined the Iowa City Police Department in 1979 and served his city proudly until a service-connected injury forced an early retirement. He currently has been employed by Metro Concrete of Cedar Rapids.
Dave enjoyed his life in many ways; he was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Green Bay Packer fan, through thick and thin. He liked to snowmobile, watch NASCAR, Fox News, the Military Channel and bald eagles. Dave was one of those guys that would help anyone and everyone, whether they asked for it or not. He had a tendency to collect things, heck he was a hoarder. Some quirks of his, the rain gutters; obsessive in cleaning them to the annoyance of a few, especially his daughters. But what many will remember was he always had time for his friends and family, he loved them dearly and was loved by all.
His family includes his wife, Jo, who he married on May 10, 1990; his daughters, Lauryn (Andrew Rich) Sydney Farnsworth, step-daughter, Meredith (Kirk Logan), and step-son, Alex Ball, all of North Liberty; four grandchildren, Jaxyn, Preslie, Korbyn and Shae; brother, Bob Farnsworth of Iowa City; and sisters, Dorothy Farnsworth of Iowa City and Sue Rojohn of Grinell; near and dear friends from Dave’s childhood, Don and Mary Rae Reece; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Barbara Hill and Karen Braselton, and an infant daughter, Taylor Jo.