Luverne David Ashton Fenske, age 71, of Luverne, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage surrounded by his loving family after a short battle with leukemia.
A Memorial Service was held Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, in Luverne. Rev. Ron Nichols officiated.
He was born May 1, 1942, in Port Angeles, Wash., to Donald and Norma (Nelson) Fenske and they settled on a farm in Blue Earth in his youth.
David graduated in 1962 from Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, and attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. On Aug. 5, 1962, David married the love of his life, Judith (Kuyper) Fenske in Blue Earth. Together they raised three daughters and in their 51 years of marriage lived in various towns including Blue Earth, Rapid City, S.D., and finally Luverne in August of 2013. David spent his career working in the farm equipment and machinery industry in various capacities from staff training, to sales, to management. He also spent time working in real estate in his later years. David was an avid outdoorsman who loved to spend time in the woods of the Black Hills riding ATVs, camping, and hunting. David was known to many as a skilled repairman, sharing his mastery of carpentry and machinery repair. He also used these skills in many artistic endeavors, designing and building intricate metal sculptures.
David is survived by his wife, Judy Fenske, of Luverne; three daughters, Christina (Kevin) Kaiser, of Shoreview, Casey (Lee) Westphal, of Hills, and Corissa Erhardt, of New Ulm; six grandchildren, Sarah, Laura, and Benjamin Kaiser, Joanna and McKenna Westphal, and Jessica Armstrong; and two nieces, Ann and Katy Peterson, of Calamus, Iowa.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Norma and Donald Fenske; sister, Virginia (Fenske) Peterson; and niece, Kari Peterson.
Dingmann Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Luverne was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.