David C. Mergenthal, formerly of Elk River, MN, passed peacefully on Good Friday eve, March 30, 2018 at home with family present.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Timothy T. Reker officiating and Deacon John Rudd assisting. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow the service at Calvary Cemetery. Mankato Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Joseph the Worker capital campaign fund.
David was born on August 17, 1941 in Hillsboro, N.D. to Willard and Lillian (Watne) Mergenthal. He attended Hillsboro schools and was baptized and confirmed in the American Lutheran Church in Hillsboro. On June 27, 1970, David was united in marriage to Marie Munson at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank, S.D. Together they had four children, Jason Mergenthal (fiancee, Staci Perry) and children, Kalani and Sajen Perry of Verdi, MN, Lindsey (Jesse) Botker and children, Sidney and Ashtyn of Mankato, MN, Elizabeth (Russell) Ziegler and children, Grace and Russell Jr. of Mandan, N.D., and Ryan (Brandee) Mergenthal and children, Conrad and Jane of South Jordan, UT.
David and Marie lived in the Twin Cities area, Winter Park, FL, Deerwood, MN, and Elk River, MN before moving to Mankato. Together, they owned and operated several transportation related businesses throughout the U.S., including trucking, leasing, a brokerage, and a truck stop in Ohio. David started his business in 1973 and worked 24-7, only taking time for his children's events. He especially liked discussing anything trucking related with his many drivers, his sons, his many buddies and people from all walks of life. David was a big believer in second chances and was always willing to hear your story.
In April 2015, David joined the Catholic faith at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Elk River and later due to failing health, he moved to Mankato and became a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. David enjoyed playing cribbage, water skiing, and summer fun at the family cabin in Deerwood, MN. He was involved in various local organizations in addition to coaching basketball and football. Most of all, David loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
David is survived by his wife, Marie of nearly 48 years; his children and their spouses; grandchildren; many in-laws; nieces and nephews; friends; and loved ones. Preceding him in death were his parents and five siblings and in-laws.
The family wishes to thank the many doctors and nurses at UMMC Fairview Minneapolis, Mankato Clinic, Mayo and St. Croix Hospice for their wonderful care.
Published on June 11, 2018