David L. Zylstra, age 63, of Maple Lake, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
He was born July 21, 1951, in St. Cloud, to Henry and Anna (Weidema) Zylstra. David graduated from Annandale High School with the class of 1969.
He served his country in the US Army in South Korea during the Vietnam War.
Dave was united in marriage to Darlene Hokkanen Oct. 13, 1973, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale.
David worked as an insurance agent, owning and operating Zylstra Insurance Agency, and co-managing Cokato Mutual Fire Insurance Company.
He was a member of Community United Methodist Church in Monticello.
Over the years, David served on the Silver Creek Township board of supervisors, the Wright County Economic Development Partnership Board, the Wright County Board of Adjustment, and on numerous councils and committees for the insurance industry.
Dave loved spending time with family, and had quite the sense of humor. He enjoyed being outside and tending to his projects. He also had a signature dance, and was always up for rocking out to a good tune.
Dave loved the Lord with all of his heart, and enjoyed sharing his faith with everyone he met.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene Zylstra; children and their spouses, Kelley and Erik Johnson of Bloomington, Joe and Jody Zylstra of Annandale, Alison and Ben Menk of Minneapolis, Ryan and Lisa Zylstra of Monticello, and Ashley Zylstra and her fiancé Jeremiah Flintrop of Waseca; and six grandchildren: Isabella and Luciana Menk, Ezra and Lacey Zylstra, and Eliah and Adriana Flintrop.
Dave is further survived by three sisters and their spouses: Sally and Keith Schermer, Bonnie and Melvin Rozenberg, all of Maple Lake, and Cindy and Mike Moss of Clearwater; and his mother-in-law, Adeline Hokkanen of Annandale.
He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Zylstra; mother Anna Zylstra Dalman; step-father John Dalman; and father-in-law Howard Hokkanen.
Funeral services took place Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m. at Community United Methodist Church of Monticello with Pastor Rhodel Jacobson officiating. Linda Lutzke provided the music for the service. Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Silver Creek Township.
Visitation was Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; and continued Wednesday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
The pallbearers were Kelley Johnson, Joe Zylstra, Alison Menk, Ryan Zylstra, and Ashley Zylstra.
Arrangements were entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale. Obituary, guestbook and video tribute are online at www.dingmannfuneral.com.