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DAVID L. THAYER

 

Service: Our Savior's Lutheran Church - Faribault, Minnesota
  Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
   
Visitation: Boldt Funeral Home on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m.
  Our Savior's Lutheran Church for one hour prior to the service on Saturday

After a lifetime of urging his athletes to push hard through the finish, former coach, teacher, guidance counselor, and Faribault Junior High School Dean, arrived at the finish line of his life on Feb. 10, 2014. 

Daveís life was an illustration of deep faith, personal integrity, compassion, humor, and an inspiration to others on how to live life to the fullest. The impact he leaves on his own family and thousands of former students and athletes, colleagues and friends, will not fade with his passing.  Those who were fortunate enough to have met Dave over the years enjoyed hearing his endless jokes, love of storytelling, or benefited from his guidance and positive encouragement.   He had an ability to relate to people of all walks of life and make them feel special.

Dave was born Sept. 17, 1931, in Minneapolis to Dr. Ellsworth A. and Helen K. (Gallehue) Thayer.  While an infant his family moved to Truman, MN where he spent his elementary years.   He graduated from Fairmont High School in 1949.  He received his A.A. from Wentworth Military Academy in 1951 and his B.S. from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, in 1954.  He has an M.S. in Physical Education from Mankato State University in 1963 and in 1965 received his Secondary Certificate of Counseling and Guidance from MSU and his School Administration Certificate from Southern IL University, Edwardsville.

David enjoyed his employment with the Faribault School District 1966 - 1993, Western Military Academy, Alton, IL, 1963 to 1966, and Ceylon Public School 1958 to 1963.  Prior to this he sold pots and pans, insurance, and cars. 

Dave had four years of ROTC in the army and switched to the Air Force with four years active duty followed by 27 years in the Air Force Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.  He was a member of the Elks Club for 48 years and served as Exalted Ruler in 1974.  He was a member of the Masons for 60 years, American Legion for 56 years, a former member of the Moose Lodge, Wentworth Military Academy Letterman Club, University of North Dakota Lettermanís Club, and a member of the Society of the Mayflower Descendents. He was an active member of retired education groups and received the State Educator Award from REAM. He was also very active in the Lake Francis Association, of which he was President for 11 years.

Dave married his soul mate, Edna Louise Wilke, on August 30, 1958 at St Paulís Lutheran Church in Truman.  They were blessed with 55 years of marriage, three children, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Dave was an active part in the lives of his children: son Scott (Ginger) Thayer of Chelsea, MI; daughter Tamara Thayer, Rochester; and daughter Brenda (Keith) Eisenschenk, Sartell.  He was so proud of his nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and was a major influence in their lives.  They are Ashley (Yan) Clermont, Germany; William (Whitney) Thayer and their daughters Lucy and Ella, Oswego, IL; Molly Thayer, Naperville, IL; Hannah Thayer, Chelsea, MI; Allison Cooney, Rochester; Andrew (Halie) Cooney and sons Brennan and Jackson, Gulfport, MS; Andrea Thayer, Rochester; Mathew and Rachel Eisenschenk, Sartell.

David is survived by his loving wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister Susie Wright, brother-in-law Casper Hanson, sister-in-law Verna Jennings, cousin Barbara Tasa, and many nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill Thayer, brothers-in-law Bill Wright, Delfin Wilke and Dick Jennings, sisters-in-law Elaine Thayer, Elvera Ernst, and Wanda Wilke.

Visitation is 4 to 7 pm Friday, February 14, 2014, at Boldt Funeral Home in Faribault.  A celebration of Davidís life will be 10 am on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, Faribault.

 

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Name: Al Batt
Email: snoeowl@aol.com
Date: Thursday May 01, 2014

Memories

I am blessed by having known Dave. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die.

Name: Carol and Dennis Stanley
Email: marsstan@charter.net
Date: Thursday March 13, 2014

Memories

Edna our condolences to you and your family. Our memories of Dave was from our years with REAM and always his gift of humor. You did have many good years with him and was surprised in reading the obit on no mention of the Elysian Zoo!!!!It was always a pleasure to see the both of you at the REAM Convention. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Sorry about our late message as we were gone for a few weeks this winter.

Name: Carol and Dennis Stanley
Email: marsstan@charter.net
Date: Thursday March 13, 2014

Memories

Edna our condolences to you and your family. Our memories of Dave was from our years with REAM and always his gift of humor. You did have many good years with him and was surprised in reading the obit on no mention of the Elysian Zoo!!!!It was always a pleasure to see the both of you at the REAM Convention. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Sorry about our late message as we were gone for a few weeks this winter.

Name: Chris Trahan Marlborougj
Email: Marlboroughc@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday February 20, 2014

Memories

Mr. Thayer was an amazing role model for all of the young people he mentored during his journey in life. I send hugs and prayers to all of you during this difficult time. May your memories bring you peace...they will remain with you forever

Name: Melanie and Brian Burmeister
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 18, 2014

Memories

Edna and family, As cabin neighbors, we will miss him immensely!!!!! He was one the COOLEST guys we have ever met. So witty and friendly and always full of humor. My boys will miss the early morning fishing off his dock and the lessons he has taught them. He was the first to ask them every day the amount of fish and type of fish they caught and my boys were the first to look for him to let him know when they caught a fish. As parents and first time cabin owners, he was such a wonderful mentor. He taught us the ins and outs of owning a home on the lake and always willing to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed the lake so much and I'm so glad he had such a wonderful life there. He loved his family so much and would talk about them constantly. You made him proud!!! and we were proud to know Dave Thayer!! :) Lots of prayers to his family and all that knew him. He was one special person!!!

Name: Dave Bennett
Email: dbennett3@yourstarnet.net
Date: Saturday February 15, 2014

Memories

I didn't really know Dave in person but somhow I learned around Fairmont that he was a very good boxer, maybe a "golden gloves champ", probably in the flyweight division. If someone out there remembers his participation I would appreciate hearing about it. thanks in advance. Dave Bennett

Name: Warren Koehler
Email: wkkoehler@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday February 15, 2014

Memories

My condolences to you Edna and your family. Dave was always a favorite of the class of 64 from Ceylon. He was our homeroom advisor his first year at Ceylon when we were 7th graders! He was my basketball coach and put me on the varsity as a sophomore and I have many fond memories of Dave!! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you this day, and may God Bless you!! Many Many memories especially conversations during half time in the locker room!! A lot of them were funny! God Bless!!! Warren and Kay Koehler

Name: Willard and Carmen Tripp
Email: cwtripp866@msn.com
Date: Friday February 14, 2014

Memories

Our family sents our sympathy to all of Dave's family. Edna you know we have truly enjoyed our many memories with you and David from 4-H times in Chicago to many school related activities . Just remember at this time of sorrow our thoughts and prayers are with you. But David's wit (jokes) and laughter will always be with us.

Name: Bob Panzer
Email: crowwing6@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday February 13, 2014

Memories

My acquaintance with Dave Thayer came after he had retired from his career in education. It was my good fortune to be part of a group of retired teachers that called themselves the "Lucky 8". The "Lucky 8" planned an annual fishing trip to Canada and Dave and I were part of that group for several fishing trips. He was the nicest fellow, and I have never encountered a more gifted humourist. He had the dead pan delivery and timing of a pro. Except, when he got to the punch line, he could not help himself and would laugh so hard he sometimes could not finish the joke. It is not hard to think of nice things to say about Dave. His sense of humour was infectious. I will miss him--a good guy and a special guy. My condolences to Edna and his family. Bob Panzer

Name: Joyce Sharp
Email:
Date: Thursday February 13, 2014

Memories

Edna and family: I was very sorry to hear that Dave passed away. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Name: Denny Thompson
Email: dthompson@lakes.com
Date: Thursday February 13, 2014

Memories

Dave was such a kind, good man. His good spirited ways helped create a wonderful atmosphere at Faribault Junior High School, among both students and staff. He cared deeply for students and was able to relate to each one on a personal level. He was also generous. Many times he would reach into his own pocket to buy lunch for a student who otherwise would have gone hungry that day. His sense of humor and timing in telling a story or joke was unequalled. No one could tell a story like Dave. Many times when he was asked to speak he would weave one of his "Roses are red, violets are blue" poems into the narrative. Dave was a wonderful friend to me and my family for many decades. Just a few days ago we sat together at Lori Anderson's funeral. He asked me about each of our children by name. He also told a couple of classic jokes. Dave was a loyal. faithful, supportive friend who made a big difference in our lives. May God bless your memory, Mr. Thayer.

Name: Molly Doreza
Email: mdoreza@charter.net
Date: Thursday February 13, 2014

Memories

You have lost a wonderful man. . .in the times I've been graced to share your family gatherings I knew him to be a kind and gracious man whose love for his family was shown actively as he put life jackets on squirming babies, baited hooks, and just plain adored those lucky enough to know him as "Grandpa Peanut Butter." Tom and I grieve with you, and also give thanks with you for this one of a kind, lovely guy!

Name: Lois Whitehead
Email: WLOIS517@aol.com
Date: Thursday February 13, 2014

Memories

Edna I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I am so glad we got to visit last summer at the reunion, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Lois

Name: George Stevens
Email: gastevens1@centurylink.net
Date: Thursday February 13, 2014

Memories

Condolences to the family on the loss of a good man. He was a calming influence during my time as a teacher at the junior high in Faribault.

Name: Gilles and Anne-Marie Clermont
Email: clermontg@zoominternet.net
Date: Thursday February 13, 2014

Memories

To a great man, a wonderful human being. We are blessed by the fact that our paths crossed for a time. It was an honor to know you. God bless your family in these difficult times

Name: Frank and Kate Winzenburg
Email: Bradenton, FL
Date: Thursday February 13, 2014
 

Memories

Dave and I were high school friends. Many years later we celebrated our anniversaries with Dave and Edna (ours - August 29; their's August 30). I thank Dave for getting me started playing string instruments - he could make the guitar "sing". I have never known a nicer person than Dave; he will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this very sad time.

Name: Mary Ann Hansel (Petersen)
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 12, 2014
 

Memories

My deepest sympathy to you, Edna and your family. David was one of my teacher back in 1962 in Ceylon. Glad that I got to see and visit with Dave, last year at our class reunion....20

Name: Dawn (Thompson) Jandro
Email: jdjandro@charter.net
Date: Wednesday February 12, 2014
 

Memories

Dear Brenda and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of your dad from being able to spend time at your home in grade school and out at your cabin! I am pretty sure your dad actually taught me to water ski! Your home and cabin were always happy and welcoming and I have great memories of this when I was in 4th or 5th grade. Thanks for the fond memories. I am so sorry for you to have to lose your dad. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless, Dawn

 

Name: Richard Grewe
Email: rcgrewe@msn.com
Date: Wednesday February 12, 2014

Memories

Edna and Family Members, please except Judy and my deepest condolenses on the passing of Dave!! I will always have very fond memories of Dave and our friendship while serving in the Air Force Reserve!! I always looked forward to those training weekends and Annual Tours for I knew Dave would be there and we could tell "war stories"!! I especially enjoyed it when we discussed his stay in Ceylon, MN and his association with Jake & Fluff Loos, my Uncle and Aunt! Dave always had a very positive attitude and had the "knack" of lifting everyone's spirit no matter the situation. Dave will be missed!! Again, except our deepest condolenses!! Richard & Judith Grewe Bigfork, MN

Name: Wendy (Wiberg) Wustenberg
Email: windswepthillfarm@gmail.com
Date: Wednesday February 12, 2014

Memories

I recall Thanksgiving Day, about 1974. A heavy snow was falling at down as Mom and I sat at the kitchen table with a view of 7th Ave. Suddenly a dark shape moved in the street, lurching toward your house. A drag mark curved up Carroll's driveway to the open service door. For a long moment we stared, confused. It was Major, your beautiful, Springer Spaniel with the addiction to stealing garbage. He usually took the bags home before he tore them apart, leaving any evidence, and the mess, in your yard. Mrs. Carroll, rest her soul, hated all dogs, including our beloved mutt, Smokey, who had a place in Mother's heart somewhere slightly above her own children. She often bent Momís ear on her daily walks around the block. Mom worried that Major's naughty behavior was going to catch up to him someday. And there he was that morning, teeth tightly gripping the mesh of the turkey bag, dragging home the ultimate prize of his life. Mom gasped, "I have to save him!" She ran out into the blizzard. Major leapt for joy as Mom grabbed the bird and ran for the garage. Our garage. The still-frozen bird crashed into our garbage can, and then Mom whisked away tracks to Carrollís driveway with a broom. Major followed her home, Mom sweeping behind. Whatever got said in the Thayer garage stayed in the Thayer garage, but Dave had heard her confession and that turkey stayed in our garbage can. I was sworn to secrecy, for the sake of Major's life and the mutual reputation of both families. But the inability to keep from laughing out loud made it the worst-kept secret in our family that day, in the neighborhood in the days after, and ultimately throughout town for the past 40 years. Every single person who's ever heard this story claims that the end justified the means Mom took that day. Why? Because everybody loved Dave Thayer. It's as simple as that. I believe Mom and Major were waiting on the other side of the boulevard for him. God gave them all a pass on that turkey.

Name: Grant & Helen White
Email: foregww@gmail.com
Date: Wednesday February 12, 2014

Memories

We were saddened to hear of Daves' passing. He had an great sense of humor and was always "laid back". He never seemed to be upset by anything. I'll never forget how, when he was addressing a golf ball, he would always look over his shoulder at his right heel. Never did figure out why he did that. Our thoughts and prayers Edna and the family at this difficult time.

Name: Tom & Lynette Jones
Email: lynetteajones@gmail.com
Date: Wednesday February 12, 2014

Memories

Dearest Aunt Edna, Cousins Scott and Ginger, Tammy, Brenda and Keith, and all your family. Our family will remember always the loving, kind, funny, and wonderful man Uncle Dave was. Uncle Dave was such a great person in our family; and we can't imagine our family without him. We will always feel blessed to have known him. Whenever we were with your family we could always feel the welcoming love and kindness Uncle Dave had for all of us. We are so thankful for the fun time we had with him New Year's Eve at Erin's wedding reception and for the chance to thank him for all his kindness through the years. I am sure that my Dad and Mom were among those loved ones waiting to greet him in Heaven. With our deepest sympathy and love always, Tom and Lynette

Name: Joe and Marlene Breckner
Email: Breck1@frontier.com
Date: Wednesday February 12, 2014

Memories

We have the best memories of Dave's humor and jokes about the elysian zoo...he was such a gentleman ..so gracious...always a chuckle and joke...one of a kind...we will miss him....hugs to you Edna..

Name: jeri brown
Email: jerimbrown@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday February 12, 2014

Memories

Tammy and family, Sorry for your loss, I work with Tammy and have heard many a wonderful stories od her dad. One I liked is about him walking out to ice fish right in front of her home... Tammy was very proud of her dad. We're all sad for your lost.. Jeri

Name: Jan and Frank Hill
Email: jansteiner29@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2014

Memories

Dave, you are sooo missed. I will never forget the wonderful times when you came to our house pheasant hunting. What a wonderful humorous, fun loving, joyful, helpful friend. You always had a funny story, humorous joke, made us all laugh. We love you and will miss you. I am sure that you are pheasant hunting in heaven. Dearest sympathy to Edna and all of Dave's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Frank and Jan Hill

Name: Carrie Little Hess
Email: carrielittle@comcast.net
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2014

Memories

Dear Edna, Brenda, Tamara, & Scott, I'm so sorry to learn this sad news. I will always remember Mr. Thayer's great sense of humor and his positive and enthusiastic leadership as our junior high student council advisor. The world is truly a better place because he has been here. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. with sympathy, Carrie Little Hess

Name: Tina Ericson Henry
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2014

Memories

What a great man!! The endless hours and summers he spent pulling us around on Lake Francis on that blue knee board!! I'll never forget him shaking his head at us when we had gotten ourselves into some mischief ( which happened on occasion) He had a way of encouraging you to do better- to be better without ever scolding or ever with a harsh word. I always wanted to tell him Thankyou!! Thankyou for being a positive role model for me and you really did influence me growing up in a positive way!! Rest in peace Dave! You will be missed!!! To the family -big hugs to you all -love ya

Name: Ray Govednik
Email: raymondgovednik@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2014

Memories

Dear Edna and Family, My deepest condolences are with you at this time. I'm so glad that I got the opportunity to see Dave and chat with him at Erin's wedding reception. During the years that I knew Dave, he always treated me with kindness and respect, never judging me or what I did. I will always remember him as a man of integrity and upstanding character. I fondly remember the times when Lois, myself and our kids would visit Dick and Verna at the lake, Dave was always very generous with his rides on the boat, and we always had fun at your home. He was a great man and will be fondly missed. You're in my thoughts and prayers, Ray Govednik