David L. Funk

March 7, 1955March 16, 2019

David L. Funk passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday March 16 2019 at Israel Family Hospice in Ames Iowa.

Dave was born in Boston Massachusetts on March 7, 1955. His family moved numerous times as his father was a Methodist Minister serving in the US Army. They finally settled in the St. Louis area where, in 1973, Dave graduated from Webster Groves High School. He later attended Merrimac Community College and then went on to the University of Missouri in Columbia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

Directly out of college he was recruited by Lorillard Tobacco Company as a sales representative, was later promoted, and moved to Des Moines Iowa. He worked for Lorillard through September of 1995. Dave worked briefly at Industrial Plating in Ames. It was in February of 1998 when he took a position with Motorcycle Stuff, that he was able to combine his passion for motorcycling with his dream job as an outside sales representative. He moved on to Tucker Rocky Distributing in October of 2004 and retired in May of 2014. After he retired Dave worked part time for Adam’s Cycles in Nevada Iowa.

He met his wife, Jane Kennedy, in February of 1990. They married in October of 1996. Dave’s biggest passion was motorcycling. He introduced his wife to the joys of riding the road less traveled. They took many trips together, riding two-up, fully loaded with camping gear to motorcycle rallies over much of the country. Through his many travels me made life long friends. He may not have remembered their names, but he never forgot their motorcycle.

Dave is survived by his wife Jane, their dog Elliott, his parents Dave and Mary Funk of Georgia, his sister Jennifer Lloyd of Massachusetts and her sons Evan and James, his brother Stephen Funk of North Carolina, his sister Debbie Sywak and her sons Christopher and Michael of Georgia.

There will be no visitation however a celebration of life will be held on Saturday June 22 at the Saylorville Resevoir, Cherry Glen Shelter #6. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Story County Animal Shelter or the National Motorcycle Safety Fund.


  • Dave Funk, Father
  • Mary Funk, Mother
  • Jane Kennedy-Funk, Wife
  • Jennifer Lloyd, Sister
  • Evan Lloyd, Nephew
  • James Lloyd, Nephew
  • Stephen Funk, Brother
  • Debbie Sywak, Sister
  • Christopher Sywak, Nephew
  • Michael Sywak, Nephew


22 June

Celebration of Life

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saylorville Resevoir

Cherry Glen Shelter #6

Polk County


David L. Funk

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Vicki Davidson

March 21, 2019

So sad to hear this news. I met Dave at Hixson Jr. High, 1969-70. He was a very nice guy. Tall and lanky, dark mop of hair, blue jeans and Ingy boots, solidified his love of motorcycles. Kind, warm and freindly. My condolences to his family.

Derek Post

March 19, 2019

Met Dave at a BMW rally.. he taught me the way to rally and the joy of two wheels. He taught the city boy who had never been on dirt and gravel before how to ride.. After riding what seemed for a eternity we took a break . He asked how I was doing. I told him I was a little terrified trying not to wreck . He stated “welcome to gravel / dirt riding !” He taugh me to ride ride off paved roads! Thanks Dave.. Funk on.. we’ll meet at a rally again ! RIP brother

Michael Morey

March 19, 2019

Best damn friend a guy could have. We worked together and travelled together on motorcycles always taking the long way around. He loved his bikes, dogs, wife, and those damn GPS units he was always buying that never got us where we needed to be. I had a chance to see him right before Christmas and I missed out. My biggest regret. I hope he will forgive me and work on some great motorcycle rotes for us when we meet up again. He made a huge positive impact on me, I wish I would have known him longer! You will be missed more than you can know Dave “funkmeister” Funk.

Trevin Ward

March 19, 2019

To Jane and Dave's family, Dave has touched many lives with his great smile and friendly personality. He will be missed. It brings us solace in a time like this to know that he is now free of pain.

Thanks for all of the motorcycling memories!