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David Thingelstad, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was 72 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Donald Polege officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

PRIVATE INURNMENT will be held at a later date in the South Cemetery in Northwood, North Dakota.

David Lee Thingelstad died March 19, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital from complications of a longterm illness.  David was 72 years old and was born on October 26, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri  to Carol Thingelstad.

David lived in Riviera Beach, Florida until he was ten years old.  He then moved to Northwood, North Dakota and attended school there, graduating from high school in 1962.  In 1963 David married DiAnna Brorby in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.  They moved to St. Paul in 1964 and lived in the area for the next 42 years until retiring to their dream home on Knife Lake in Mora, Minnesota.

In 1966 David began his carpenter apprenticeship attending trade school and on the job training.  He became a union journeyman in 1970 and would have received his 50 year pin in July of this year.  David worked for numerous contractors and helped build many landmarks in the Twin Cities area.  Prior to his retirement, in 2002, David worked for the Minneapolis School District for 10 years.  He was also a trustee at his union Local 851, on the Supervising Committee of the Carpenters Credit Union, trustee at Messiah Lutheran and Zion Lutheran Churches, board member of the Knife Lake Sportsmen’s Club and Vice President of the Knife Lake Improvement District.

David’s biggest hobby was spending time with family and collecting stories, pens, and hats!  He loved taking family and friends around Knife Lake on his pontoon, and was always happy to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.  He enjoyed his Tuesday work crew at church (the GMRTs).

Dave was preceded in death by his mother and son, David Jr.  He is survived by his wife DiAnna; son Scott (Missy) of Portland, Oregon; daughter Kristen (Robert) Ritchie of Shoreview, Minnesota; grandchildren Ashley and Ryan and numerous relatives and friends.


9 thoughts on “DAVID L. THINGELSTAD”

  1. Dear DiAnna, Kris and Scott,
    I just heard about Dave’s passing. My heart goes out to you all. Please know you are in my prayers. DiAnna, please call me when things get quiet.
    Shirlee B

  2. Dianna and family: We are saddened to hear of the death of my Northwood H. S. Classmate and friend David. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I totally enjoyed visiting with David at our last reunion. May there be many more reunions for all of us in heaven. God bless you all!

  3. Our sympathy to you and your family DiAnna. Times like these are never easy, but put your trust in the Lord and know that many are up holding you and your family in prayer. May you find peace in God’s promise of eternal life and know that he will never ever leave you.
    I’m so glad that you and David were able to make it back “home” for the class reunion. I think we all enjoyed a good time together.

  4. Dear DiAnna…….What a sad morning it’s been here! So sorry for all of the suffering and sadness. We will see you Saturday.

  5. So sorry to hear about Dave’s passing! God be with you all as you grieve, remember and await a grand reunion at Jesus’ feet. Christ is Risen. Blessed Easter.

  6. Our sympathy to you and all of the family. We have missed you both at Messiah and were saddened to hear of Dave’s death. It was so much fun working with him on the Building Committee and other committees and events at Messiah. You are in our prayers – Jim & Kay Kinzie

  7. DiAnna, I am so sorry to hear about David’s passing. These times are so hard. It was fun to see you guys at our reunion. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Kris and Family,
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Amy, Tim, Presley, and Lucy Christman.

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