AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with Pastor Jerry Malak officiating.
VISITATION will be held from 1:00-2:30 pm prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
PRIVATE INURNMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
MILITARY HONORS will be provided by the Mora American Legion Post 201.
MEMORIALS are preferred in lieu of flowers to the Mora Lions.
David L. Gadola was born on October 1st, 1931 in Princeton, Minnesota to Ida and Robert Gadola. He grew up in Ogilvie, Minnesota with three siblings Joe, Jean, and Ruth. David graduated from Ogilvie High School in 1949 and attended Macalester College from 1949-1952. He went on to complete his Doctorate in Dentistry from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1956. After graduation from Dental school, David served as 1st Lieutenant Reserve in the Dental Corps for the US Airforce in England from 1956-1958 being promoted to Captain in 1957.
Following his time in the Air Force, David returned home, met, and married (9/12/1959) Carol Anderson (McGuire) at Concordia Lutheran Church in South St. Paul. From this union, two children were born: Beth Ann Gadola (9/24/1963) and Mark David Gadola (2/16/65). He worked with Dr. R.E. Luiten, their family dentist, in Mora after leaving the Air Force. Eventually, the practice became the Gadola Dental Office, and later Dr. Bruce Haasken and David became dental partners creating the Gadola & Haasken practice.
David took great pride in being a very active member of the Mora community serving on numerous committees including the Jaycees and Lions Club, where he recently received an award as the longest standing member of more than 60 years. In addition to local community service, David taught his craft at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry whereby he mentored aspiring dentists and participated in professional organizations including the local chapter of the GV Black Society of the American Dental Association.
When he was not working or volunteering, David looked forward to his annual deer hunting weekends and fishing trips to Canada with friends and colleagues. Fishing adventures at the family cabin on Mille Lacs Lake, traveling, and social gatherings were things David enjoyed sharing with others.
He retired from dentistry upon his 70th birthday and spent many happy years wintering at his home in Mission, Texas. David also traveled extensively including several trips abroad. He believed that the best things in life – a good meal, investment advice, and fun experiences – were meant to be shared. David will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Ida and Robert Gadola; brother, Joe Gadola (Marlene Sievers); and son, Mark Gadola.
He is survived by his daughter, Beth Ann Gadola (Brian Ploof); grandson, Mytchell Mark Johnson; two sisters, Ruth Gilfillan (George); and Jean McGuire (George); his nephews, nieces, and friends.