David E. Myllykangas, age 58, of rural South Haven, died Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
He was born Feb. 22, 1960, in St. Cloud, the son of James and Vera (Vogelpohl) Myllykangas. David was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.
He graduated from the Kimball High School.
David was united in marriage to Nancy Schultz June 9, 1990, at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. The couple made their home in the Kingston area.
David liked work, farming, work, trucking, more work, and breakfast club.
He started putting duals on toy tractors when he was around 6 years old, and it never stopped. At age 9, he started cultivating, and was running the combine when he was the ripe old age of 12 or 13 years old.
As a child, Dave made fields back in the woods for his toy tractors and farm implements. Later, he began using the lawn mower to “plow” those fields.
The bigger the trucks, tractors, tires, and number of axles, the better!
When Dave was healthy, he was the person to go to when you needed help. He loved to build farm-related items. He didn’t have time for hunting and fishing because he was already doing what he loved: working.
The hardest thing he did in his life was quit farming, due to his failing health; but, he didn’t complain about his health, he just dealt with it. Dave didn’t like asking for help.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Myllykangas of South Haven; children, Janelle Vogel of Minneapolis, and Jeremy (Jenelyn) Vogel of Sartell; two grandchildren, Jagger and Jaxen Vogel; a brother, Bill (Helen) Myllykangas of Kingston; nieces Laura (Nick) Myllykangas Wittrock, and Katy Myllykangas; and by numerous other relatives and friends.
Dave was preceded in death by his mother, Vera Myllykangas; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
A funeral service took place Monday, March 26 at 11 a.m. at the Kingston Community Center, with Pastor Orval Wirkkala officiating. Interment was at the Apostolic Lutheran Cemetery in Kingston.
There was visitation Sunday, March 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, continuing Monday at the community center, one hour prior to the service.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in David’s memory.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.