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December 17, 1948 – March 7, 2022

David Donald Kirking, age 73, passed away peacefully at the Clara City Care Center surrounded by his family on 03/07/2022.

He was born on December 17, 1948 in Richland Center, WI, the son of Donald and Grace Kirking.

He graduated from La Farge, WI 1967.  He further went on and graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 1968.

On February 14th, 1987 Connie Fleischacker and David Kirking were united in marriage at the St. Marys Chapel in Winsted by Father Jack Brunner.  After living in Winsted for many years, they moved and have resided in Montevideo for the past 35 years.

Dave worked at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Winsted, MN as a Lab Supervisor for 16 years.  Following St. Marys Dave worked at Montevideo Chippewa County Hospital in Montevideo, MN as a Lab Manager for 28 years before he retired.

Dave’s hobbies and interest included marathon running, biking, gardening, attending his grand children’s school and sports activities, remodeling projects, traveling especially to Branson MO and spending time with Maggie the family dog.

Survived by his loving wife of 35 years Connie Kirking, Daughter Lisa (Rick) Baumann of Howard Lake, MN, Daughter Leah (Jeremy) Watzke of Hutchinson, MN, Son DJ Kirking/Fiance Kari Huntley of Montevideo, MN, Daughter Christine Carlson of Chaska, MN, Daughter Holly Odell of Montevideo, MN.  Grandchildren:  Hailey, Brooke & Tony Baumann, Olivia & Avery Watzke, Alex, Thomas, Christian & Madden Kirking, Jayda & Jenna Akre, Jaden Hendrickson, Alaina Carlson.

Further survived by:  Sister Judith (John) Wainwright, Brother Daniel (Ellen) Kirking, Sister in law Karen Bergland, Brother in law Brad (Michelle) Fleischacker, Brother in law Bruce Fleichacker/Special Friend Bob Dickhausen, Brother in law Todd (Pam) Fleischacker, Brother in law Scott (Lori) Fleischacker, Sister in law Kim (Rollie) Radtke, Sister in law Stacey (Phil) Neumann, Sister in law Amy Fleischacker; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by parents Donald & Grace Kirking, Daughter Jennifer Kirking, Mother and Father in law Elaine and Kenneth Fleischacker, Brother in law Dale Bergland.

Visitation services for David D. Kirking will be held on Friday March 18 from 4-6pm at Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo, MN as well as Saturday March 19 from 2-4pm at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, MN.  A Private Family Committal will take place at the Holy Trinity Columbarium.



4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lisa Hagen

    My deepest sympathy Connie and families on Dave’s passing. He will be missed. Always such a happy go lucky guy. Rest in peace Dave.

  2. Carol Norman

    My thoughts and sympathy are with you. Sorry I will be gone at time of visitation, I will be with you in prayers 🙏🙏

  3. Michael Thoennes

    Sorry to hear of Dave’s passing, Connie and family. I knew him over 35 years. My prayers as you walk through this journey of life. Deacon Mike

  4. Tony Wainwright and Family

    Condolences to all from the Wainwrights in Syracuse (Tony, Jane, Dylan, Matthew, Grace).

    I have so many great Memories of Uncle Dave. I remember more than anything his smile, his laugh, and his joy for life and especially his fierce, unyielding, and unapologetic love for his family. Those are the biggest things I will always remember and carry with me as inspiration for my own life and family.

    In the end we are never truly gone…we live on every time one of our stories is told…when our family and friends remember a time and smile or laugh…or when a lesson our life taught bears fruit for those we loved.

    I know that all these things will be True of Uncle Dave. You will be missed beyond words…but will always be with us.


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