David J. Erbes


DES MOINES, Iowa – David Julian Erbes, 65, passed away Sept. 20, 2022, at home surrounded by family due to complications from cancer.

Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave., Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Lunch will immediately follow the service in the Commons. Private interment will be held at a later date at Restland Cemetery in Mendota.

David was born May 3, 1957 to Mary (Anderson) and Charles Erbes. He grew up in Mendota, and graduated from Mendota High School. He went on to attend the University of Illinois and Drake University Law School, graduating in 1984. While attending law school, he met Jennifer Nielsen. They were married in August of 1984. David and Jennifer welcomed two sons, Grant in 1987 and Neil in 1989.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, sons, Grant (Anna Jaeger), son, Neil and grandson, Bryan Erbes, mother, Mary Erbes, sister, Julie Erbes-Pierce (Jeff Pierce) as well as other loving family members and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Charles and infant daughter, Elizabeth.

David practiced law in the Des Moines area for over 20 years. He left his law practice and went on to work for Lowes in a number of positions.

David was a member and board participant of several organizations over his lifetime: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge, Blue Lodge (Mendota), Bloomington Consistory, Tebala Shrine, Civic Music Association, Oak Leaf Hockey parents association, Johnston High School Band Parents Association and most recently, Green Meadows West Homeowners Association. A fellow board member remarked, "Dave had a great smile and an easygoing personality that could calm any situation."

David was a man with many interests, which made him a great partner, father and friend. He enjoyed travel, the arts, fishing and hunting. But the joys of music and gardening were his passions throughout his life. He was an excellent vocalist, spending many years singing in the church choir as well as playing trombone. He was always interested in plants and plant adventures took he and Jennifer to many gardens at home and abroad.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in David's honor to: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Des Moines Symphony, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (you may donate online as a

memorial tribute).

Online condolences will be welcomed at www.IlesCares.com.

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