David Richard DeLeeuw, age 74, of Darwin, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2019, at his home.
A graveside service will take place Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Bird Island.
There will be a gathering of family and friends Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hantge Funeral Chapel in Darwin, which is handling the arrangements.
David was born Feb. 6, 1945, in Bird Island, the son of Charles and Winifred (Osterfeld) DeLeeuw. He was baptized as an infant March 18, 1945; and confirmed in his faith as a youth Oct. 31, 1956, both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island.
David received his education in Bird Island, and was a graduate of the Bird Island High School class of 1963.
He enlisted in the United States Army March 1, 1966, in Minneapolis. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. David entered the Reserves Feb. 9, 1969; and was honorably discharged Feb. 28, 1972, at Ft. Dixon, NJ.
He resided in Bird Island, Minneapolis, and in 2010, David moved to Darwin.
He was employed as a factory worker from June 1, 1970, to Aug. 1, 1978, at Fingerhut in Bird Island. He then worked at Douglas Corporation for 31 years, retiring Feb. 25, 2010.
David was a member of the Bird Island American Legion Post 430 for 50 years.
He enjoyed bowling and fishing.
David is survived by his brothers, Donald DeLeeuw and his wife, Burnice of Cosmos; and Gerald DeLeeuw and his wife, Donna of Hutchinson; 15 nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles “Jerry” and Winifred DeLeeuw; brothers Roger DeLeeuw and Kenny DeLeeuw; and sisters Marjorie Larson and Kathleen Senkyr.