David A. Ales, recently of Dalton, GA, passed away on March 18, 2020 at the age of 85, at the Marshfield Hospital, Marshfield, WI.
David is survived by 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and his sisters Jolene (Starr) and Madonna (Moeller). He is preceded in death by his wife Sandra, his parents, 1 grandchild, and his brother John “Jack”.
David was born in Lost Nation Iowa on February 9, 1935 to parents Russell and Esther (Lafayette), and grew up in Maquoketa IA. He joined the Army in August of 1954 and served active duty in the Korean War. After the war, he was stationed in Alaska on the radar range, where he invented the microwave oven. Not really, but he would put his food on the radar equipment someplace that would heat it very quickly. Upon release, David served in the Army reserve until July 31, 1962 when he was honorably discharged. While in the reserve, David attended electrical trade school in Chicago. He then returned to Iowa and worked for the REA bringing electricity to homes and farms that previously had none.
David and his first wife Jeanne (Sedlack) raised their family in Sheboygan and Fond du Lac WI. He had 3 sons, Michael (Janelle), Daniel (Lynn), and Douglas (Annette). David was a hard worker and entrepreneur. He was a real estate agent, flipped homes before it was a thing, owned a swimming pool installation and chemical supply company, and was highly successful in the electrical supplies wholesale distribution industry. After retirement, David moved to Dalton GA where he married his second wife Sandra (Kirk), started an electrical contracting business, built and flipped a few more homes, and did a lot of handyman work before fully retiring.
David was an awesome Dad. He took his family camping, fishing, boating, and touring around the country. He especially enjoyed teaching his children the life skills that have helped them as they progressed through life. After retirement he enjoyed winters at Camp Gulf, on Miramar Beach in Florida. He loved to shoot pool, and he organized the cribbage tournaments. Everybody at camp knew Dave, he could seldom drive 100 yards without stopping to talk with somebody.
David’s mantra was “work hard – play hard” and that is exactly what he did.
Due to the corona virus, services will be by invitation only on March 24, 2020. A celebration of life and interment will be held at a later date. Flowers, cards, and condolences may be offered at St. Francis Xavier Church, 150051 Mead Ln., Mosinee, WI 54455.