Stevens Memorial Chapel

607 28th Street, Ames, IA


David Allen Anderson

March 23, 1951January 17, 2020

David Anderson, a lifelong resident of Ames, passed peacefully on January 16th, 2020 at the age of 68. David was a brilliant musician and a lifelong lover of music. His instrument of choice was the piano, which he played elegantly throughout his entire life, even in his final years. His favorite piece was Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt, which he used to win the Bill Riley talent search competition, resulting in a performance at the Iowa State Fair. David won many accolades in his musical career including winning the Iowa Music Teachers Association Competition at Iowa State University. In addition to the piano, David also played the violin, harmonica, and was also an avid organist, which he first practiced on at the Collegiate Methodist Church in Ames before purchasing his own organ to entertain his family at home. David studied Music Composition at the University of Iowa and later Iowa State University in the early 70s. A brother taken too soon, he is survived by his sister Barbara Anderson and nephew Neil Gerstein as well as many cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Harry Anderson, mother Helen Anderson, brother Joseph Anderson, and brother-in-law Greg Gerstein.

A service will be held for David at 1:00 P.M, Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at Stevens Memorial Chapel (607 28th Street Ames, IA 50010). Online condolences may be left for David’s family at www.stevensmemorialchapel.com.


  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020


David Allen Anderson

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Chris Rardin

January 29, 2020

I would go visit my wife while she would be working pretty regularly, on an occasion while walking in the doors I'd hear David playing the piano. He would play and you could just see the enjoyment from him, he could play for hour and never miss a beat. It was such an uplifting feeling to hear David play. I got to know more and more about David the more I came to visit and started to learn he had a great love ve for drinking coke. I would randomly go get a couple cases of coke and drop them off at the front desk and tell the nurse at the front desk that this was for David. I didn't ever get to know David personally but was great to hear the music he played. Rest in Peace


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