Dave was born and raised on a farm in the small town of Ipava, IL. Ipava would definitely fit the definition of a one horse town. It takes a very special event to get more than 500 people in the town at one time. Many people explained how proud Dave was of where he came from. Dave was a graduate of Ipava Community High School in 1940. Dave's wife Mary of 62 years had this to say about where he was from, "Ipava had a great deal to do with why Dave was so involved in the community and also shaped how he raised his sons, which he did a great job of." Bruce Haywood also believed Ipava had a large impact on Dave, though some would consider his origins humble and rural, he was proud of them. Indeed, he attributed the man he was to the child he had been.
Dave Fleming was born and raised in Ipava Illnois a small town in West Central Illinois.