Dr. David Gilchrist, DVM, 80, died peacefully Friday evening, Feb. 8, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his family.
A Life Celebration Service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at the United Church of Monticello. Rev. Ed Moreano and Rev. Jean Sullivan will officiate the services. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at the Goettsch Funeral Home in Monticello. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Church of Monticello, the National Wildlife Foundation, or a charity of choice.
Surviving him are his wife of 48 years, Susan, and three children: Christopher (Holly Leddy) Gilchrist, of Durham, North Carolina, Daniel (Kristin) Gilchrist, of Rockville, Maryland, and Sarah (Andrew) Rockenstein, of Berlin, Germany. Also surviving him are four grandchildren: Isaac and Elliott Gilchrist, and Alice and Hugo Rockenstein, and two special nephews and their families: Earl Adams of La Porte, Indiana, and Dr. Loren Adams of Fairfield, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Alice Adams, an infant brother Warren, and an infant sister Cheryl.
David Lee Gilchrist was born Sept. 18, 1938 in La Porte, Indiana. He was the son of Vernon “Jack” and Mae Ella (née Marx) Gilchrist. David graduated as valedictorian from Mill Creek (Indiana) High School in 1956. He continued his education at Purdue University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. David enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Army Reserve. He returned to school and was in the fourth class of graduates from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1966. He practiced in Shannon, Illinois, with Dr. Robert Swingley from 1966 until 1970. David married Susan Swingley on June 6, 1970 in Rockton, Illinois. The couple moved to Monticello where David joined John Chittick in the Chittick and Gilchrist Veterinary Practice, later to become the Monticello Veterinary Clinic. He retired from his practice in 1998.
David served on many boards and committees, including: the Jones County Board of Health for 18 years, the Land Use Board, the Monticello Zoning Board, the John McDonald Hospital Board, the Monticello State Bank Board, the Jones County Community Foundation Board, and served as a Trustee of the United Church of Monticello. David also ran for the seat of the Iowa House of Representatives District 56 in 2000.
David had many hobbies, including woodworking, coffee roasting, gardening, fishing and boating. He enjoyed many years with his family at their cabin in Guttenberg on Abel Island. He also enjoyed driving around the country visiting his children and grandchildren. His sense of humor, love of learning and gregarious attitude toward life will be remembered by many.