David O. Oothoudt 64
Huntley Funeral Service for David Oral Oothoudt, age 64, of rural Huntley area, was Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont. Burial was held at Verona Township Cemetery. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont assisted the family with arrangements.
David Oral Oothoudt passed away at home on March 23, 2018 at the age of 64. There is no shading the light that he radiated into the world. In his lifetime, David illuminated the lives of those around him through his service to family, friends, and his community.
David’s academic accomplishments began as he graduated from Granada-Huntley High School as the salutatorian. He attended Mankato State University receiving his BA in Psychology, achieved his Masters of Science in Community Mental Health, becoming a Licensed Counseling Psychologist.
David had charisma, a warm glow about him that drew people in. Enveloping them. He made those around him feel special and seen. Although he readily employed his heart and his mind in both his personal and professional lives, he spent a considerable portion of the latter as a skilled cabinet maker. A craft he honed, owning and operating his own business for 25 years, davidwood.
David’s generosity, brightness, and deep faith led him to be a strong presence as a member of the Huntley Community Covenant Church where one of his acts of service was teaching Sunday school classes. His faith and service also led him to become a member of the African Medical Alliance and it brought him four times into the Democratic Republic of Congo where he taught workshops on crisis and trauma in that country. David’s love for service and other people extended far into all aspects of his life leading him to be a softball coach, a caring brother, a thoughtful uncle, a hardworking son, a beloved community member, and a pair of ears and hands for you when you needed them.
An inquisitive and imaginative person, David was a great figure-outer of all bewildering puzzles especially the Sunday New York Times crossword. This creative energy also contributed to his playfulness in coming up with his own silly, inventive games, puzzles, and activities.
There is comfort in the words David would often say in parting, a gleam of his light to resonate in each of us. A promise of something on the horizon. “Happy trails to you, until we meet again.”
David is survived by his siblings, Margaret (Karl) Jenstad and John (Debra) Oothoudt; nephews, Brian (Annie), Mark (Briar), Daniel, Josiah; niece Lizzie; four great-nephews, Gabe, Wyatt, Skyler, Clay; and one great-niece, Paige.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Winston and Joyce Ruth Oothoudt.