David Lee Teske
David Lee Teske, 61, of Merrill, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011 after a year long battle with cancer at Marywood Convalescent Center, Wausau. Born December 12, 1949 he was the son of the late Gilbert and Blondina (Buch) Teske. Dave married Dawn Steffenhagen on October 22, 1977 at St. Paul’s Naugart.
Dave was a 1968 graduate of Wausau East High School and then attended North Central Technical College. He joined the Merchant Marines then worked a short time for Wisconsin Fuel & Light. Dave then worked for Central Fabricators/Woods Equipment as a welder/supervisor where he retired after 39 years. Dave enjoyed spending time at the shack hunting and fishing with his buddies, making maple syrup, softball, vegetable gardening, taking Baily his best buddy for car rides, spending time with family, especially his granddaughter, Brooklyn, his little sweetheart. Dave was a member of the Rockfalls Rod & Gun Club, shot dart ball at St. Paul’s Naugart, coached and played softball, was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife; Dawn Teske, Merrill; sons: Joshua (friend Casi Kunze) Teske, Wausau, and Tyler (Jessica) Teske, Merrill; granddaughter: Brooklyn; sisters:, Karen (Jerry) Krueger and Bonnie Kopplin; brothers: Stanley (June) Teske, Wayne (Marlene) Teske and Larry (Jolene) Teske; sister-in-law: Eileen Teske; mother & father-in-law: Alvin & Bernette Steffenhagen; his black lab Baily, and many other special friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert & Blondina Teske, brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth (Merle) Teske, brother, Delmer Teske, and sister and brother-in-law, Shirley (Elmer) Wendorf and nephew, Gary Teske.
Services will be held 3:00 pm Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Brian Stolarczyk will officiate. Ed Cordova, Jay VanRyen, Mark Bartelt, Tim Bartelt, Henry Hass and Russell Teske will serve as pall bearers. Visitation will be from 9:30 am until the time of service. Burial will take place at a later date in St. Paul’s Naugart Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.