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David ‘Dave’ Willette Dec. 31, 1942 - Dec. 28, 2017

January 21, 2018
Estherville News

FAIRMONT, Minn. - A Memorial Service for David "Dave" Willette, 74, of Fairmont, MN, will be 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. Burial will be held at a later date in the Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth, MN. David passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at his home in Fairmont. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

David Roy Willette was born on Dec. 31, 1942, to Gerald and Grave (DePaepe) Willette in Blue Earth. He received his education from Delavan and East Chain Schools.

In 1968, David was united in marriage to Susan Hopkey in Blue Earth. This marriage was blessed with three children, Steven, Ricky and Mistie. After their marriage, David and Susan lived all around the area and David worked for several elevators as a repairman crew leader and retiring in 1998. Susan passed away on Sept. 24, 1988.

David loved fixing things, country music, motorcycles and most of all, spending time with his family.

He is survived by his significant other, Evelyn Kietzer (March 3, 1949) of Fairmont; three children, Steven David Willette (Oct. 24, 1966) of Fairmont, Ricky Lee Willette (Jan. 20, 1974) of Fairmont and Mistie Suzanne Wilson (Oct. 27, 1977) of Estherville, IA; one granddaughter, Tessa Raine Sokolofsky (July 6, 2006) of Estherville, IA; four siblings, Connie (Gary) Ricard of Fairmont, Dan Willette of Fairmont, George Willette of Fairmont and Dale Madden of Blue Earth; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; wife, Susan Hopkey; son-in-law, Timothy Paul Wilson; and sister-in-law, Darla Ann Willette.



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