David Earl Terning, age 61, of Hutchinson, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.
He was born April 3, 1950, in Cokato, the son of Earl and Effie (Fredricks) Terning.
David was baptized and confirmed at the Stockholm Lutheran Church in Cokato, and was presently a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.
He was a graduate of the Cokato High School.
David was united in marriage to Arlyce Ostlund Sept. 15, 1973, at the Little Brown Church in Iowa. The couple made their home on a farm just north of Hutchinson, in the Lake Jennie community.
For over 35 years, David worked at the John Deere Implement Dealership in Cokato. He had worked as a salesman, manager, and in the later years, went back to being a salesman, so he could spend time with his customers.
Arlyce was the love of his life and he took great joy in the time that he could spend with his family for holidays, and other get-togethers. He enjoyed the outdoors, deer hunting, and was avidly involved in trap shooting.
He loved farming and working on farm tractors and other farm equipment, as long as they were a John Deere. An avid reader of farm magazines and periodicals, David always kept busy and kept his machinery and tools in the most pristine of condition.
He could often be found with his female springer spaniel, “Elmer,” by his side.
David is survived by his wife, Arlyce Terning of Hutchinson; children Darrel (Heidi) Terning of Darwin, Aaron (Janice) Terning, Daniel Terning (special friend, Shelley Mackedenz), all of Hutchinson, and Kristin (Jeremy) McGowan of Becker; and nine grandchildren, Dylan, Dustyn, Dayna, Dessa, Tate, and Talia Terning, and Alana, Kailey and Kaisa McGowan.
He is also survived by his siblings, Jerry (Gladys) Terning of Cokato, Melvin (Joanne) Terning of Cokato, and Barb (Phil) Krogstad of Bird Island; as well as numerous other relatives.
David was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Jean; his parents; maternal and paternal grandparents; and his father-in-law, Jim Ostlund.
A funeral service took place Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. John Peterson officiating. Interment was at the Dassel Community Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday evening, Dec. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church.