David Mather passed away on January 8, 2011 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa, after
an eight month battle with pneumonia. David was born on August 13, 1940 in Joliet, Illinois to Herman and Louise (Kientz) Mather. He attended parochial schools in La Grange and Downers Grove, IL before graduating from St Procopius Academy of Lisle, Ill. in 1958. He obtained his BA degree in mathematics from St Procopius College in 1962. David received his MA degree from Miami of Ohio and his PhD. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1970. He taught at Benedictine College in Lisle, IL, American University in Washington D.C., Regis College in Denver, CO., Simpson College in Indianola, IA., and for the last 20 years of his career at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. He retired in 2002. David had a very inquisitive mind and enjoyed a wide range of interests from birds and butterflies to stars, cars, and computers. He took a month long trip to Europe with George in 2003 which had been a dream of his since an early age.
David is survived by his husband George Giesler. Also left to celebrate his life are his nephews Rick (Rose), Dave (Chris) Breuss, Brent (Deb) Cooper all of Des Moines, IA. Chuck (Kelly) Mather of Denver, CO Russ (Cindy) and Bill (Cynthia) Schomig of Chicago, Il; nieces, Barbara Christenson of Columbus, OH and Kathleen Weiss of Denver, CO. He had 15 great nieces and nephews and 5 great great nieces and nephews, also, a sister-in-law Carolyn Mather of Denver, CO and a brother-in-law Mel (Ruby) Lenz of Adel, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert Mather, two sisters Rita Schomig and Betty Breuss Lenz, nieces, Diane Schomig Spadoni and Susan Breuss Cooper.
David was cremated and his remains will be buried in a private ceremony at a later date. No funeral service or visitation will be held per his wishes.
Memorials may be directed in his name to Riemann Gardens in Ames, Iowa or the Iowa Genealogical Society in Des Moines, Iowa.
Online condolences may be sent to www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
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