David William Buwalda, 73, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa passed away surrounded by family on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 1:00-2:00pm, at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. A funeral service will immediately follow at 2:00pm. Private inurnment at the Cedar Memorial Park Mausoleum.
David was born in Ottumwa, Iowa on April 15, 1949. He lived in Marion and Cedar Rapids, Iowa most of his life. He attended Washington High school and graduated from Marion H.S. in 1967. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1968 to 1971. His service as a ground control radar tech included a tour in Vietnam with the 1st Air Cavalry Division, where he was awarded many medals included a bronze star for meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces.
On May 10, 1969 he married Linda Hupton of East Moline, Illinois. They made their home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dave was employed at Sears-Roebuck company, Link Belt/FMC and Penford over the years.
Dave was happiest when fishing and in nature. He enjoyed pheasant hunting, bird watching, answering all the Jeopardy questions, and always finishing the crossword puzzle.
He is survived by his loyal wife, Linda, of 53 years; his favorite daughter, Laura (Alan) Olson of New London, MN; his favorite son, Doug Buwalda of Fairfax, MN; his brother, Alan (Karen) Buwalda of Harvest, AL; 4 grandchildren, Adam, Sara, Alex and Shayne; 3 Great grandchildren, Logann, Kelce and Hunter; along with several nephews, nieces, and cousins.
He is proceeded in death by his amazing parents, Harold and Dorothy (Cravens) Buwalda of Marion, Iowa and a brother, Harold “Roy” Buwalda.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the family to be directed to one of Dave’s favorite places, Kent Park.