Johnson Lake Resident: David Lawhead, age 61 (1951-2013)

David Rodney Lawhead, 61, of Johnson Lake, Nebraska, died suddenly of a heart attack, Wednesday, January 30th, 2013, at the Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington, Nebraska.

He was born December 29th, 1951, in Jamestown, New York, to Donald and Marie (Gustafson) Lawhead. He grew up and attended school in Oeneota, New York, graduating from Oeneota High School with the class of 1970. Following graduation, he worked in the kitchen at Gimble’s Department Store.

In the 1970’s, Dave moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he managed several restaurants and met his future bride, Peg Glenn. The couple was married February 14th, 1982, in Tucson. Two sons were blessed to this marriage; Chris and Steven. In 1989, the family moved to Lexington. It was this same year he began his career at the Veteran’s Memorial Club as the manager, he held this position until the club’s closing in 2011. Dave made the club fun and the wonderful food was a well-known staple around the area.  

Dave was a member of the Lexington Optimist Club and the Lakeside Country Club. He enjoyed sports, especially the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Arizona Wildcats Basketball teams, golfing and cooking. Dave loved “men talk” and was faithful friends to his buddies. His greatest love was for his wife, sons and grandchildren and the kids at the day care center.

Survivors include his wife; Peggy Lawhead of Johnson Lake; sons, Chris (Kara) Lawhead and Steven Lawhead of Lincoln, Nebraska; three grandchildren, Moriah, Gabriel and Isis Lawhead of Lincoln, Nebraska; brother, Donald (Patricia) Lawhead and their children, Michael, William and Kelly, all of Tucson; one sister, Dorinda (Fred) Plautz of Boca Raton, Florida; mother-in-law, Dorothy Glenn of Lexington; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law.

It was Dave’s wishes that his body be cremated and there will be no visitation.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held Monday, February 4th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Reverend Caroline Vickery officiating.

Memorials are suggested to the family for the education of Dave’s grandchildren.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

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