homepage logo

David Curtis Mackie, 66

Jul 27, 2009

Townsend, Tenn. — David Curtis Mackie, age 66, of Townsend, Tenn., passed away July 10, 2009, at the home of his sister Marilyn VanDyke in Mason City, Iowa.

Memorial graveside services will be held for family and friends on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Winnebago. Pastor Michael Roys of First Presbyterian Church in Winnebago will officiate.

David C. Mackie was born Sept. 24, 1942, in Fairmont. He was the son of Janet (Johnson) and Harland Mackie of Winnebago. David grew up in that area and graduated from Huntley Consolidated High School in May of 1960. He attended one year of college at Mankato State University for consumer and financial management.

David joined the U.S. Army in 1961 serving until December 1963 when he was honorably discharged. In 1965, David moved to Lakewood, Calif., to join his parents.

David held many occupations in California. In the late 1960’s-1970’s, he joined the International Association of Bridge Structural and Ornamental Iron workers. He became a member of various unions that were required by his occupation. He became a professional iron worker and rigger. He worked with US Steel and Rigging Towers. David also worked with the International Offshore Structure Companies in California. Other occupations held by David include positions with Hignite S.V.C., San Onofre Nuclear Power Station Structures, and California West Coast Missile sites. He also did rigging and removing structures at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Plant. David left his trade due to an onsite injury.

In 1970, he bought the DeJavu supper club restaurant in Long Beach, Calif. He received numerous awards and recognition for bartending and restaurant managing there.

In 1989, David and friend June LaVan left California and moved to the Smokey Mountains, buying a home and acreage near Townsend. June LaVan died Aug. 1, 2006. David remained in Tennessee until July 2009 when he returned to Mason City with his sister Marilyn who cared for him throughout his 9-month fight against cancer.

David was well known in the Winnebago area and returned to Minnesota often to see friends and relatives. He loved sports and enjoyed playing baseball, bowling and most of all golf. David loved life.

Survivors include his sister Marilyn VanDyke, her sons Daniel and Darren, grandsons Payton and Kalyn. His brothers: Don Mackie of Mason City and Darrell Mackie of Madelia. Aunt Marion (Mackie) Kogel of Winnebago and daughters: Florence Wishman and RuthAnn Schulenberg of Huntley, Kathy Wiederholt of Winnebago, Linda Bosma, and Debbie Wingard of Texas. Aunt Leona (Mackie) Martin and her sons: Jim, Steve, and Brad Martin of Rochester. The Johnson families include: Great-Aunt Lois Mason of California. Aunt Twyla (Johnson) Lane of Pennsylvania and family Diane Lane of Wisconsin and Devin Lane of Pennsylvania. Cousins, Penny (Johnson) Soma of Winnebago, Sharon (Johnson) Remer of South Dakota, Sondra (Johnson) Schreiber of Illinois, Maxine (Johnson) Kohel of Wisconsin, Phyllis (Whitney) Ficken of Blue Earth, Mike Whitney of Wisconsin and Beverly (Whitney) Jensen of Minnesota.

David was preceded in death by his parents Harland and Janet Mackie, brother Dennis Mackie, grandparents, William and Betty Johnson, grandmother Florence Mackie, and good friend June LaVan.

Memorials and cards can be sent to immediate family members Marilyn VanDyke and Don Mackie at 616 1/2 9th St. NW, Mason City, IA 50401 or bring to memorial services.