Whether it be a seed or a sapling, stray kitty or a farm animal this man would nurture them and watch them grow. He loved wild birds and respected the bald eagle.
It is with heavy hearts the family of David "Dave" Larry Quittschreiber, age 78, mourn his passing. It was in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, October 1, 2023 that he took his last breath with his "favorite" ex-wife, Katie Baril, by his side. His step: children, grandchildren and great-grandson spent as much time as they could with him during his final two weeks.
It wasn't until February 2021, after a multitude of doctor visits and tests, that David was diagnosed with a rare progressive neurological disorder called Corticobasal degeneration (CBD) which is a form of atypical parkinsonism. The complications from this are what ultimately took his last breath from him.
David Larry Quittschreiber was born on May 11, 1945 (the 2nd of 3 sons) to George and Julia (Dumbeck) Quittschreiber in Detroit Lakes, MN. David graduated from Frazee High School in 1963. Shortly after graduation David received his "letter of invitation" (draft notice) from the United States Government. He was stationed in Fort Sill, OK with the Army. He proudly served from 1963 to December 15, 1967. He obtained the rank of SP-5\E5 Administrative Specialist.
David beamed with pride when he spoke of his grandchildren. He was so happy to hear of their achievements. He spent quality time with each of them: such as picnic lunches including one of his favorite foods, potato salad, with Jordan and Eliem. Jada loved the “sleepovers with gramps”, getting to spend her own special time with him, Keegan visited as time would allow; Levi and Noah were renewing time with him.
David's love of the outdoors was proof with his hobby farm at Perham, MN. He raised calves - "89 and 99" - two of his favorites, ducks, chickens, horses (Babe, a favorite), a couple pigs and other animals he found at the livestock auctions. His love for the outdoors created his bird feeding hobby. He had many cats and dogs, Charlie his favorite cat and Max his favorite dog, throughout his years.
David shared his love of the outdoors and animals by teaching his granddaughters, Jordan and Jada, about it. Jordan was his "little buddy" and sidekick during her younger years. She followed Gramps all around the hobby farm, and enjoyed bottle feeding the calves and picking chicken eggs. Jada had her swing-set amongst the flowers and trees in Gramps' backyard garden in town. David had an amazing green thumb. He enjoyed having a large garden and many, many flower beds.
David's careers were in banking and then truck driving. He worked at numerous businesses: Tuffy's, Land O' Lakes, Marvin Windows, Waste Management, Team Industry and The Fargo Forum. His favorites were Land O' Lakes by hauling milk from the local area farmers and delivering the newspapers for The Fargo Forum.
David is survived by Katie Baril, Detroit Lakes, MN. Stepchildren: Jessica Khatri, Fargo, ND; Brian Pazdernik, Fargo, ND and Sherie (Jeremy) Fischer, Moorhead, MN. Grandchildren: Jordan (Jason) Ross, Fargo, ND; Keegan Pazdernik, Burnsville, MN, Jada Khatri, Fargo, ND; Levi Fischer and Noah Fischer, Moorhead, MN. Great grandson: Eliem Ross, Fargo, ND. Brothers: Lloyd (Linda) Quittschreiber, Bloomington, MN; Arlan (Sherry) Quittschreiber, Frazee, MN. Seven nieces and one nephew.
Preceding David were his parents, George and Julia Quittschreiber; and an infant son, Larry David Quittschreiber.
Funeral service: 1:00pm, Monday, October 9, 2023 at West-Kjos Funeral Home with time of visitation from 11:00am-1:00pm. Interment, Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes, MN. Following interment, please join the family at West Kjos for a light lunch.
A special heart felt "Thank You" for the phenomenal care by the staff at the Fargo VA Palliative Care within the Community Living Center (CLC) for treating David (our Gramps) with such dignity and respect. He felt cared for and safe here.