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David Prieb

WEBSTER- David Prieb 85, of Webster died on Friday, January 01, 2010 at the Bethesda Home in Webster. His funeral will be at 9:30 A.M., Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Webster, Revs. Daniel and Kristin Ostercamp officiating. Burial with military rites at Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster on Monday 5-8 P.M., with a prayer service at 7:30 and prior to the services Tuesday. fiksdalfuneral.com. Memorials can be sent to Bethesda Nursing Home, 129 W. Hwy. 12, and/or St. John’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 36, both at Webster, SD 57274. David Albert Prieb was born on Sunday, November 16, 1924, to Albert and Minnie (Ludtke) Prieb at Peabody Memorial Hospital at Webster, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster. David attended country school near the family farm, and graduated from Webster High School in 1942, beginning his college education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls in the fall of 1942. David enlisted in the Army Air Corps Reserve in December of 1942, graduating with advanced bombardier training in June, 1944, at Victorville, California. He served in the Pacific theater, participating in various bombing missions, including Iwo Jima. Primarily stationed in Saipan and Hawaii, David attained the rank of First Lieutenant by the time of his discharge on June 17, 1946.He returned to Augustana College and graduated cum laude, May of 1949, with a degree in accounting and economics, and a minor in music. While at Augustana, David met LaVonne Ersland and they were married July 10, 1948, at Canton Lutheran Church, Canton, South Dakota. Initially anticipating a business career in Sioux Falls, he and LaVonne decided to leave and return to the family farm in June, 1949, to help his father who was ill at the time. David farmed with his father until Albert’s death in 1978, and in 1981 was joined by his son-in-law, Douglas Olawsky. They farmed until David’s retirement in the late 1990’s. From the early 1960’s to 2003, David was also self-employed in aerial farm photography (Dave’s Aerial Color Photos) and through his marketing process developed relationships with the farming community throughout northeastern South Dakota. In the later years of the business, he produced and sold videos focusing on flooding in the region and on Ft. Sisseton. In October, 2006, he entered Bethesda Nursing Home. David was a life-long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, serving as a council member, president of the congregation, on various committees, instrumental and vocal soloist, and worked to help establish the Advent Sing. He was the church’s Senior Choir Director for fifty years. David attained various honors and was involved in numerous activities and organizations during his life. In his youth, he was a 4H member with prize-winning calves, the first president of Webster High School FFA, a member of the first group to attend South Dakota Boys State, a member of the first Webster High School Band (1937), and an accomplished clarinetist, winning honors at the state level in high school. During his military training, David sang in various Cadet Choruses and also played clarinet and saxophone in several dance bands. At Augustana, he was a member of Blue Key Honor Society, soloist with the Augustana Choir, 1st-chair clarinetist in the Augustana Band, member of the Augustana Orchestra and member of the Augustana Flying Club, where he received his pilot’s license. Following his return to Webster, David was named Outstanding Farmer in 1959 and later the Prieb farm attained Century Farm status. As an outgrowth of his love for flying, he started the Webster Flying Club and served as manager of the Webster Airport for many years. David also served on the Day County Hospital Governing Board, was a longtime president of the Day County Farm Bureau chapter, chairman of the Day County Republican Party and was on the Webster Chamber of Commerce. David was in several regional musical groups, including the Watertown Municipal Band and the Aberdeen Elks Chorus, and was tenor soloist in “The Messiah” on multiple occasions at Grace Lutheran Church (Watertown). David Prieb died on Friday, January 1, 2010, in Webster, at the age of 85 years, 1 month and 16 days. Survivors include his wife, LaVonne of Webster; one daughter, Suzanne (Douglas) Olawsky, Webster, SD; one son, Laurel (Wendy) Prieb, Scottsdale, AZ; three grandchildren, Amy (Ruben) Reyes, Los Angeles, CA, Nathan Olawsky, Raleigh, NC and Natalie Prieb, Scottsdale, AZ; one great-grandson, Mark Reyes, Los Angeles, CA; two sisters, Irene Titus, St. Paul, MN and Doris Brinkman, Warrenville, IL; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Hello Suzanne, so sorry for your loss. You were always so nice. Thank you.

delsie Jan 8 2010 12:00 AM

Our sympathy in the loss of your Dad, Suzanne. Our sympathy to the whole Prieb family. He touched many hearts by singing and leading the choir for so many years...a special, talented, blessed gentleman. Dad's are so priceless and he will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Dan and Marilyn (Sandve) Mattson Jan 6 2010 12:00 AM

Our thoughts are with you as you mourn the passing of David. I believe Mom and Dad both said, "Now we'll have great music in heaven!" while Julane organizes a special welcome party for David! He was a blessing for our community with so many talents.

Dan and Gretchen Syhre Jan 6 2010 12:00 AM

It is awesome to come to the next stage of our lives knowing how your family and the Lord filled your earthly life. The jewels in the crown of the Lord will shine brightly when HE hears David's voice in the heavenly choir. It is always a moment in the time of reality when we see parents of our friends at the end stage of life, knowing then we have moved up the ranks, filling the same spots in life. The circle of life goes on, as demonstrated in David's children and grandchildren. God's Peace to you LaVonne, Suzanne, Laurel and families. Joyce Anderson Nokleby

Joyce Anderson Nokleby Jan 4 2010 12:00 AM

Was sadened by David"s passing but know he is with his Heavenly father. Dave was a wonderful father & husband & friend..We will truly miss him but what a "LEGACY" he left for his family as well as everyone he knew..God Bless all of you..He was truly a "GREAT GUY" I"m not able to attend as I"ve had this Dr"s appt for month"s & will be gone for several day"s....My LOVE goes out to each of Dave"s family..LAVONNE..Suzanne..Laurel & familie"s..GOD BLESS each of YOU..Gwen & Gene Biever

Gwen Biever Jan 4 2010 12:00 AM

Well,I know mom and dad were very excited to see David enter those gates, and I know they are talking and possibly singing up a storm. David will be missed here on earth, but David is now well and whole and I believe directing a heavenly choir for sure.We speak peace to you as you mourn the loss of your husband and dad, but just remember "weeping last only a day, for JOY comes in the morning" and we will be seeing all those we love "in the morning" very soon....our love to all the Priebs....Julie and Skip and families

Julie Long Jan 4 2010 12:00 AM

I was sorry to hear of David's death. I remember vividly watching him sing and also direct the Senior Choir at St. John's. He was a talented musician and such a kind and soft spoken gentleman. Know that I am thinking of all of you and pray that the loving arms of Jesus enfold you during this time. Surely Dave is singing with the angels!

Shari (Werdal) Nelson Jan 4 2010 12:00 AM

May happy memories of the past soon replace the sorrow you are feeling at this time. Will remember David's beautiful singing! He was a great choir director when I was in high school - those many years ago.

Donna Syverson Jan 3 2010 12:00 AM

I share in your loss. I have many fond memories of David, one of the most kind and honest men I've known

lloyd rowland Jan 3 2010 12:00 AM

dear Lavonne and family, seeing David's smiling face on the computer this aft brought back many happy memories --i'm privileged to have known him and feel blessed that he touched our lives in so many positive ways! this applies to all of you!!! i know this leaves a void that is difficult to fill but we rejoice that David is singing with the angels --i still think of him singing "children of the heavenly father" at Lester's funeral --what a gift that was to my family!!love to all -- blessings ruth g

ruth gregerson Jan 3 2010 12:00 AM

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