My name is Dick Rembolt and I'm Dave Rembolt's younger brother and also a former Marine Aviator.
I'm writing to notify you of Dave's passing on Thanksgiving day 2007.
Dave had been suffering from multiple myeloma and amyloidosis of the heart and had been undergoing chemotherapy. The Doctors determined that the chemotherapy wasn't working and Dave and Charlotte decided that they would discontinue the chemotherapy and instead move Dave to Hospice. He went to Hospice on November 1 and passed away in his sleep on Thanksgiving.
He treasured the friendships that he formed with his fellow squadron members. As is obvious, I am sending this email from Dave's user name. I have included a copy of Dave's obituary below.
Dave Rembolt's Obituary
David L. Rembolt, 67, of 7012 Rocklyn Circle in Urbandale died peacefully Thanksgiving Day at Taylor House in Des Moines, following a difficult illness. Davidís enthusiasm for life and his quick wit defined him throughout his life and endeared him to those around him. He carried these traits throughout his illness and he continued to have a sense of humor and find enjoyment in the things that he loved. Davidís faith not only allowed him to enjoy life during his illness, but provided great comfort to his loved ones.
David was born on April 16, 1940 in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Dr. Raymond and Mae Ione (Street) Rembolt and spent most of his youth in Iowa City. He graduated from Iowa City High School in 1958 and the University of Iowa in 1962 with a degree in Business Administration.
David loved aviation and he served as a U.S. Marine Corps aviator between 1962 and 1967 and served a tour of duty in Vietnam during the war as a H-34 helicopter pilot. He was wounded in combat and awarded the Purple Heart. He later spent thirty-three years as a pilot for Northwest Airlines while living in Burnsville, Minnesota and later in Urbandale, Iowa.
David married the love of his life, Charlotte (Hooker) Kreamer in 1993, and he and Charlotte enjoyed a happy 14 years together. With Charlotte, David found the happiness and contentment that he had long sought. David cherished his family, friends, church, flying and their cats. He served as a Deacon of Plymouth Congregational Church for three years and remained committed to his faith throughout his life.
David was extremely proud of his nieces, nephews and grandchildren and he loved to tell humorous stories about them. He also provided them with countless memories that will endure long after his passing.
He is survived by his wife Charlotte; his mother, Mae Rembolt of Iowa City; one brother, Dick (Penny) Rembolt of Iowa City; stepchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. David was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Raymond Rembolt, and his sister, Diana (Rembolt) Brower.
According to Davidís wishes, the body has been cremated. The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, at Iles Funeral Homes Ė Westover Funeral Home in Des Moines. A memorial service honoring Davidís life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 30, at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Des Moines, with burial following at Plymouth Memorial Gardens.
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