David A. Backus, 73, of Ventura, IA passed away Friday, January 22, 2021 at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City, IA.
A memorial service will be held 12:30 p.m., Saturday, October 9, 2021 at the United Methodist Church, 508 2nd Ave., Clear Lake, Iowa followed by a Celebration of Life Reception from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 9, 2021 at the Wildfire Restaurant, 2 West Lake Street, Ventura, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred in memory of Dave to Central Gardens of North Iowa, Mayo Clinic or Young America’s Foundation.
David Allen Backus, the son of Norman Lloyd and Mildred Adela (Billington) Backus, was born August 8, 1947 in Thorp, Wisconsin. He lived in three small towns in Wisconsin for short periods before moving to Valparaiso, Indiana, where he graduated from high school in 1965. After high school, he attended college at Butler University in Indianapolis for a brief time. He then moved to Chicago and attended Loyola University graduating with a Business degree in accounting. Dave began working at Chemetron Corporation in Chicago where he met his wife, Carol. On July 25, 1975, they were married at the Chicago Temple. Their one child, Sarah, was born to the couple in 1985. They lived in Chicago until 1989 when Dave was recruited to work as the controller for Titan Wheel International in Quincy, IL. In 1992 Dave joined the The Knapheide Manufacturing Company as Vice President of Finance. Dave was instrumental in their rebuilding after the flood of 1993. In 2005, he was hired by Stellar Industries Inc. in Garner, IA as Chief Financial Officer. He continued as CFO until his retirement in the fall of 2017. In April of 2017, he received a kidney from a fellow Stellar co-worker, Travis Glidden, with heartfelt gratitude. In their retirement, Dave and Carol bought a home in Glendale, AZ, to be near their daughter who works as a physical therapist at a local hospital. He also operated his own financial consulting business, DAB Consulting, which he continued up until this past November. Dave loved gardening, the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Cubs, and playing cards, especially cribbage. Dave also enjoyed investing, outdoors, having ice cream with loved ones, and very large bon fires. Dave could always strike up a good conversation, and his renowned laugh brought joy to everyone.
Dave was very active in his church and community. He was a member of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church and served on the Finance and Endowment Committee. He was a member of the Garner Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, served on the Prairie View Apartments Board of Directors and Finance Committee in Garner, Stellar Industries Board of Directors and Finance Committee Chair for Capstone Insurance Company.
Dave is survived by his wife, Carol of Ventura; his daughter, Sarah Backus of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Susan Backus of Denver, CO; niece, Rebecca (Travis) Caldwell of Denver, CO; and great niece and nephew, Lucy and Dane Caldwell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul Backus; and a nephew, Joshua Campbell.
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