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Obituary for David Walter Kuerschner

David Walter Kuerschner, the fifth child of Reverend Edwin M. and Olivia B (Krueger) was born July 13, 1945 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. His at home baptism occurred on August 12 with confirmation of that vow on March 22, 1959, at Trinity Lutheran, North Morristown, Minnesota.

At three years of age, Dave determined he would be a pastor. The majority of his formal education reflected this goal beginning at the Lutheran Day School, North Morristown. Concordia Academy and College (St. Paul, Minnesota), Concordia Senior College (Fort Wayne, Indiana) and Concordia
Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri - Masters of Divinity degree, 1971) completed the pastoral education. His love of singing was evident in all of his participation in all of the Concordia choirs.

While at Concordia College, Dave met PeggyJean Holste. They were married on June 9, 1968, Ludell, Kansas. God blessed this union with three children: Jonathan Kirk ('75), Jeffrey Kristof ('80) and Jenienne Kim ('82).

After completing his vicarage year at Bethel, Middleberg Heights, Ohio and seminary graduation, Dave was called to Holy Trinity, Lakeview, Michigan, where he served for nine plus years. Other parishes he served were Zion, Staunton, Illinois and Immanuel, Colorado Spings, Colorado.

In 1992, Cargill Associates (a para church company) approached Dave to be a church consultant. Six years later he was asked to do this work for Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod as Vice President of Agency Services. As part of the "umbrella" of Lutheran Church Extension Fund, he later became VP of Capital Funding Services. During this time, he ministered to 41 congregations and 36 agencies, programs at 56 and 48 respectively.

Retirement in 2011 brought many joys. First and foremost was time spent with adult children and grandchildren, siblings and friends. Other activities included still writing stewardship materials, wood working, gardening, fishing, puttering in the yard so he could visit with passersby, continuing theological discussions and sharing faith times with old and new friends.

David was released from much pain to be with our Savior October 22, 2023. Those who predeceased him were his parents, his sister Doris, nephews, Michael Kuerschner and Bradley Meech and sister-inlaw, Betsy Holste.

Those left to enjoy memories are PeggyJean, Jonathan, Jeffrey, Jenienne (Jason); grandchildren Jonathan II (Shalee), Joseph "Joey" Kuerschner, Lucas and Louis Gabathuler; great grandchild, Ben; god children Jan Flores, Joel Kuerschner, Bryan Meech, Nathan Kuerschner and Nikki Haas; siblings Victor (Dorothy), Vernon (Valeria), John (Shirley), Edwin (Patricia) Kuerschner; many nieces, nephews and spouses, relatives and friends.

Memorial designations: Mission Central, Mapleton, lowa, Concordia Academy, Roseville, Minnesota, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, Holy Cross Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, O'Fallon, Missouri, or donor's choice.

Remembrance Service at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Atwood, KS, November 5, 2023, with visitation at 1:30 p.m., service at 2:30 p.m. and interment at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Ludell, Kansas. For information or condolences visit