David Arthur Rosenau, age 70, of Lester Prairie, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, on his 70th birthday, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with viewing from 9 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass.
Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.
Pallbearers will be David’s grandchildren: Cody Rosenau, Mitchell Wraspir, Jason Rosenau, Cameron Rosenau, Chase Rosenau, and Ashlyn Rosenau.
Honorary pallbearers will be his godchildren: Scott Christensen, Jill Peterson, Josh Markgraf, and Brandi Uecker-Hallstrom.
Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted is handling the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.
David was born Dec. 17, 1944, in New Ulm, the son of Emil and Florence (Dommer) Rosenau. He was baptized as an infant, and confirmed as a youth at Wellington Church in Fairfax, MN.
He joined the army in 1965, and served in Germany as a heavy equipment operator.
David grew up in a family of 11 children, and attended school in Klossner, New Ulm, and Fairfax. He spent much of his time helping on the farm of his grandparents.
As a young adult, David enjoyed going to country western dances and shows at Lake Marion Ballroom.
He was united in marriage to Lynette Markgraf June 5, 1971. David and Lynette shared 43 years, making their home in Lester Prairie.
David worked mostly in the construction field, working for Lester’s and Radtke Construction, then breaking off on his own to side houses. Later in life, he was well-known for doing scrap metal, and would gladly cut up and haul away anything metal, from a bicycle to large farm equipment.
He enjoyed old westerns on TV, and was always hoping to win the “big one” on scratch-off lottery tickets or the Daily Three.
David had a big heart and was full of love and sometimes, mischief. His biggest passion, however, was his grandchildren. He loved being a father and grandfather, visited or talked to his boys most days, and never did a week pass without talking to them at least a few times. He played an active role in each of their lives, playing with and teasing the grandchildren, encouraging them, and sharing in their accomplishments. He was always ready with a smile and a hug.
A very strong man, David fought hard after the diagnosis of his health problems. He had several dangerous surgeries and always managed to bounce back from them, even when the odds were not in his favor. His strength and perseverance were greatly admired by family and friends alike.
David is survived by his loving wife, Lynette; sons Gregg (Denise) Rosenau of Cokato, and Kurt (Jenni) Rosenau of Lester Prairie; grandchildren Mitchell (Sheryl) Wraspir of Dassel, Cameron and Chase Rosenau of Cokato; and Cody, Jason, and Ashlyn Rosenau of Lester Prairie; his twin sister, Diane Christensen of Hutchinson; and brothers and sisters Ronald (Violet) Rosenau of Cosmos, Vernon (Betty) Rosenau of New Ulm, Joleen Rosenau of Winthrop, Carol (Gene) Kiecker of Fairfax, Gene (Alice) Rosenau of New Ulm, Emil, Jr. (Marlys) Rosenau of New Ulm, Marilyn (Arden) Alsleben of Brownton, Larry (Barb) Rosenau of Hutchinson, and Dennis (Deb) Rosenau of Atwater.
He is further survived by brothers- and sisters-in-law Edward (Pat) Markgraf of Hutchinson, Robert (Judy) Markgraf of Watkins, Jim Markgraf of Hector, Darlyn Markgraf of Hutchinson, Karen (Jerry) Swenson of Hutchinson, Vickie Markgraf of Colorado, Carl Markgraf, Jr. of Colorado, and Steve (Peg) Markgraf of Watertown; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Florence Rosenau; brother Melvin Rosenau; father- and mother-in-law Carl and Rose Markgraf; brother-in-law Bruce Markgraf; and sister-in-law Patricia Markgraf.