East Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

1102 Airport Road, Bloomington, IL


David Anthony Ambrose

October 24, 1951July 23, 2020
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David Anthony Ambrose, 68, of San Tan Valley, AZ, formerly of Normal, IL, passed away at Banner University Medical Center on Thursday, July 23, 2020.

He was born October 24, 1951 to Edward "Vince" and Eloise Ambrose in Bloomington, IL. He married Judi Grimm April 20, 1985. He is survived by his wife Judi.

Also surviving are his children Deann (Nathan Karplus) Ambrose, Audra (Daniel) Stolzoff, Donnie Ambrose, and Melissa (Nathan) Schellenberg; grandchildren Landon and Avery Stolzoff, Jenson and Evelyn Karplus, Maddy Pimentel, Jenna Livingston, and Holly, Ben, Bonnie, Amy, Ammon Schellenberg; brothers Charles Ambrose, Paul Ambrose, Mark Ambrose, Steve Ambrose; and sister Deborah Decker.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws, Don and Zelma Grimm. David was a graduate of Bloomington High School and attended Lincoln College and Illinois State University. He was a master carpenter and loved working with his hands. He worked for ISU until his retirement in 2016. He was actively involved in the Jaycees and loved helping with the annual haunted houses. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and loved to fish. He was a fighter; David fought a 10-year battle with an aggressive blood cancer.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 4:00-7:00p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home. A private Funeral service with military rights will be held Friday, July 31, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 guidelines, the service will be available Live Streamed on East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens Facebook page. Please go to www.eastlawnmemorial.com to leave condolences or memories for the family.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hwan Jeong, Dr. Horst Klueppelberg, RN Tamara Lundquist-Crabbe, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, AZ.


  • Edward "Vince" Ambrose, Father (deceased)
  • Eloise (Huth) Ambrose, Mother (deceased)
  • Judi (Grimm) Ambrose, Spouse
  • Deann Ambrose (Nathan Karplus), Daughter
  • Audra Stolzoff (Daniel), Daughter
  • Donnie Ambrose, Son
  • Melissa Schellenberg (Nathan), Daughter
  • Landon Stolzoff, Grandson
  • Avery Stolzoff, Granddaughter
  • Jenson Karplus, Grandson
  • Evelyn Karplus, Grandaughter
  • Maddy Pimentel, Granddaughter
  • Jenna Livingston, Grandaughter
  • Holly Schellenberg, Granddaughter
  • Ben Schellenberg, Grandson
  • Bonnie Schellenberg, Granddaughter
  • Amy Schellenberg, Granddaughter
  • Ammon Schellenberg, Grandson
  • Charles Ambrose, Brother
  • Paul Ambrose, Brother
  • Mark Ambrose, Brother
  • Steve Ambrose, Brother
  • Deborah Decker, Sister
  • Don Grimm, Father-in-law (deceased)
  • Zelma Grimm, Mother-in-law (deceased)

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

  • Live Streamed Funeral Service

    Friday, July 31, 2020



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Kim Robinson

August 5, 2020

Dear Judi, I just wanted to reach out to you and the kids and extend our deepest condolences. You used to watch my son Jacob Robinson. We felt like you guys were our family too even if for a short while. We will keep you in our prayers. Love to you all!
Kim Robinson
1307 E. Oakland Ave.
Bloomington, IL 61701

Liz Gramm

July 31, 2020

You are in my thoughts and prayers as you temporarily say good bye to Dave. I worked with him in Collections at ISU for several years. He was a joy to work with. He wore a smile and was a good guy. Thank you for sharing photos of a life well lived and a family full of love and caring. They are good memories that will help; cling to all those good memories. May God be with you all. May He give you comfort, strength and peace. With sympathy, Liz Gramm

Vicki Bowles Seyller

July 31, 2020

My heart goes out to all The Ambrose Families in your loss of Dave. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. With sympathy Vicki Bowles Seyller

Jane Callahan

July 31, 2020

Have known the Ambrose family for over 50 years. Worked with David at west side lumber in the late 60’s back when he was 16. He loved to drive my 56 chevi but always insisted on changing my channel settings. Ha.
Also worked with his dad and was in a couple organizations with his mom.
It’s an awesome family. David RIP. You’ll be missed. Luv u

Paula Morris-Billings

July 30, 2020

I knew David a very long time ago, junior high and high school. I remember David as being one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. He always had that mega watt smile and always a “hi how ya doin.” My deepest condolences to the family as David was a really good one. I pray you find peace and comfort as the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into a year and beyond. RIP David...you were a good guy.

John Lally

July 30, 2020

I enjoyed my time with Dave in the Jaycees in the 1970s-80s. He was so full of energy and self-service to that group for all we tried to do for the community. May he now rest in peace eternally.

Susan C

July 30, 2020

I met Dave when he started at ISU. Dave worked in a different department than I did but our departments were all part of the same division. Dave always had time to assist you with anything you needed and he was extremely talented in anything he did. My husband and I delivered squirrel corn to him for his squirrels and I did to our work place for his squirrels. My husband and I met Judi and got to know her through the squirrel corn deliveries. Dave was an amazing man and person to everyone and anything. Dave love everybody and the animals. I lost contact with Dave and Judi when they moved to AZ but tried to find out about their life through my office when I would visit or talk to the office staff. I will miss Dave he was a shinning star and his loss is immense. May god bless you dave now in heaven and maybe you and my husband have met up and have reconnected. My condolences to your family and lovely wife Judi and dave Rest In Peace. Dave you won't be forgotten.

Carol Held

July 28, 2020

Only meet Dave and Judy 2 yrs.ago when moved to Arizona ... welcomed to their home and pool...felt like always knew them since an Illinois gal and Cub fan....brought him a tiny get well balloon and Judy told me he always had it with him... Rest In Peace friend.. no more pain 💕

John Horonzy

July 28, 2020

I worked with Dave for a few years at ISU. He also help me fix things on my house in Lexington Il. He was a talented guy who could do most anything. I'm glad I got to know him. He'll be missed.

Jackie Shack

July 28, 2020

Dave will be missed so much. He always had a smile and the first to help if someone needed it. When I moved to San Tan Valley he was always there along with Judi.


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