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1944 David 2011

David Engstrom

May 12, 1944 — May 14, 2011

David Engstrom 67 of Waubay died on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at his home in Waubay. His funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Waubay, Rev. Janet Miller will officiate. Visitation will be on Wednesday 4-7 P.M. with a 6 P.M. Prayer Service. David Lineer Engstrom was born on Friday, May 12, 1944 to Lineer and Berneice (Drake) Engstrom at Watertown, South Dakota. The family lived and he grew up on a farm in Codington County, South Dakota south of Waubay. He was baptized and confirmed at Helgen Lutheran Church. He attended country school near his home and graduated from Florence High School in 1962. After he received his education he worked at South Dakota Livestock sale barn in Watertown. On September 19, 1964 he was united in marriage to Pamela Long at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Waubay. After their marriage the couple made their home in Waubay. He worked at Mikkelson Standard gas station. In 1965 he began working for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks at the fish hatchery at Pickerel Lake, for several years he operated the Mobil Bulk Oil fuel delivery truck and farmed west of Waubay. In 1982 he returned to Game, Fish and Parks and worked full time at the Blue Dog Lake fish hatchery. In 1994 due to illness became a seasonal employee until August 2010 when he retired. He also worked for Berger Farms and helped in their farming operation every spring and fall. For over twenty years he was pit man for Art Berger Racing. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, served on the Waubay City Council from 1997 until the present time, was one of the founders of WEST arena and helped organize Frontier Days where he helped prepare the grounds every year. His hobbies included stock car racing, NASCAR, riding horses, trapping, hunting, fishing, riding snowmobile and trap shooting. He loved nature and animals and he never let his illness inhibit his lifestyle. Family and friends were always number one to him. David passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at his home in Waubay at the age of 67 years and two days. Survivors include his wife, Pam of Waubay; one son, Mike (Kelley) Engstrom of Rhome, TX; two daughters, Vicki (Mark) Kampa and Val ( special friend, Dennis Bremmon)Engstrom both of Webster, SD; one sister, Cheryl Tootie Berger of Ortley, SD; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
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