David Lee Ortberg-Mandel, 56, left to be with passed family on May 25, 2019 after enjoying a night with family and friends. A visitation will be held on Friday, June 7th from 4pm to 7pm at Cedar Memorial. A Celebration of Life will be held on June 8th at Moose Lodge from noon to 3pm. Burial will be a private family service.
Survivors include his adoring husband, Douglas Mandel, and their two dog children, Hope and Haleila, a brother Duane (Ginni) Ortberg, best friend Teresa Murray, mother-in-law Joan Mandel, brother-in-law BIll (Vicki) Mandel, sister-in-law Sandy (Scott) Miller, Uncle Mike and Aunt Linda.
He was preceded in death by his parents Juanita and Alavah Ortberg, brothers Darold, Dean, and Douglas, Uncle Dennis O’Brien, honorary mother Jolene Rohret and dog Hasani.
David spent many years serving delicious meals at The Vernon Inn restaurant before moving to Texas to live life. He came back to Iowa to be the caregiver to his beloved mother before she passed. Then, in January 2012 he went on a date with Doug and they married in August 2018 at a gorgeous ceremony in Bettendorf. David made Doug into a bingo player and Doug even got David to eat sushi. They were a good balancing act. They enjoyed a great vacation in 2017 with Duane and niece Kendall and husband Jay. He enjoyed spoiling his Iowa great nephews Dylan and Cameron. Doug and David’s favorite thing was to host family card parties with too much food.