March 26, 1936 – December 31, 2020
Manly – (Vernon) David Lawyer suddenly died on his farm on December 31, 2020.
A public celebration of David’s life is planned for this summer.
Born March 26, 1936, lawyer to Courtney and Leona (Benjegerdes). David’s entire life was closely tied to his family and the farm. He attended rural schools in Danville and graduated from Manly High School in 1954. David graduated from Iowa State College with a degree in agriculture in 1958 and was inducted into the Army as a second lieutenant. More importantly, David met his sweetheart Caryl, who would be with him for 62 years. David married Caryl Marsh on October 19, 1958. Aside from David’s military service, David and Caryl lived their lives building and adapting their farm while raising four children, Susan, Kimberly, Ted and Jean. During David’s 42 active years of farming from 1958 to 2000, he continually tried various new cultures and techniques. In his “retirement” David built a woodworking workshop where he could use his energy for constant production and creation.
David was known to many church and service organizations as the guy who showed up ready to work. He has consistently had woodworking projects that made our church beautiful and functional, including thousands of toy cars for missionary projects. He also helped connect needy children and toys to Shriner’s Hospitals. David was a lifelong member of the Bethel United Methodist Church in Manly and always gave free with his time and talents. Continuing his father’s work in support of the Worth County Fair, David was deeply honored that his Cap O cattle brand was added to the statue at the Worth County Fairgrounds. In addition, David dedicated himself to his Masonic Lodge for over 64 years, adding to Shrine Scholarships, which built many friendships and ministries to others around the world.