David Walter Yaeger, age 83, of Delano, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Good Samaritan Center of Waconia.
He was born Jan. 27, 1937, in St. Cloud, to Bernard and Cyrilla Yaeger. He lived in Delano and Rockford his whole life, with two years in Germany, serving in the Army.
David married Judith Ann Bigalke of Rockford Sept. 6, 1958, at St. Peter and Paul Church in Loretto. God blessed them with four children.
David always said the “W’ in his name stood for work. His first job was a paper route so he could ride the one family bicycle, and he still enjoyed riding bike through this fall.
He went on to have 26 jobs in total, retiring at the age of 58. David then continued enjoying another 25 years living life to the fullest.
David and Judy loved riding motorcycle.
David also loved ushering at church, volunteering, fishing, cutting wood with Jim, and being with family and friends. He couldn’t sit still, and was always looking for something to fix, polish, or paint.
All through his life, and all through his journey with cancer, David always, always had his amazing smile on his face. He was a very patient, peaceful, and loving man, especially because of his relationship with Jesus.
David is survived by his wife, Judy; and his children, Laurie (Scott) Cunningham, Becky (Tony) Pehrson, Jenny (Tyler) Christiansen, and Jim (Katie) Yaeger. He will also be fondly remembered by his seven grandchildren: Cody (Andrea), Jesse, Leah, John, Sarah (Grant), Rachel and Lucy; by his sisters, Jean Motzko and Kay Lundstrom; and brother, Mike (Julie) Yaeger.
David was preceded in death by his brother, Loren (Fran) Yaeger.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. at Buffalo Covenant Church in Buffalo. Interment was in the Delano Public Cemetery.
There was visitation Friday, Feb. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, continuing Saturday at the church from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.