Dave Naslund
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David John Naslund, age 37, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Monday, May 8, 2017 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital after a five month battle with cancer.

Funeral services are 10:30 AM, Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Wednesday, May 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.

Pallbearers are friends and teammates from his class: Nick Puppe, Travis Jordan, John Shefl, Monte Frerichs, and Scott Nordby. Honorary pallbearers are the CHS class of 1998 including classmates that were lost too soon, John Brummels and Ben Pinkelman.

David John Naslund was born November 14, 1979 in Norfolk, Nebraska to Kelly and Denise (Nordby) Naslund. He grew up in Coleridge, Nebraska and graduated from Coleridge High School in 1998. He had a ton of success in sports with his greatest high school memory of winning the State Football Championship his senior year at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE. After high school, Dave followed in his father's footsteps exploring the open road as he drove truck until he discovered his passion of homebuilding and woodworking in 2004. Dave married Katie Dirks on July 13, 2002 in Coleridge, Nebraska. After their marriage, they lived in Vermillion where Dave was determined to turn his passion of building homes into a business and started Deer Creek Construction in 2006. In 2012, Dave and Katie moved their family to Yankton to be closer to the beauty surrounding the lake and raise their kids making memories in the open air. May of 2014 was the start of a new chapter as Dave and Katie combined Dave's love for going to auctions and everything rusty, along with his woodworking talent into a career of furniture building by opening The Lemonade Stand. Dave enjoyed everything outdoors. When the weather was nice, he spent as much time as possible by the water or watching nature from a tree stand. When the cold weather came, he couldn't wait to get out on the ice to catch a fish. The family's favorite place to explore and take the dog for a swim is just a short trip through the trees in their backyard: the "Bubble."

Dave is survived by his wife, Katie Naslund of Yankton; three children: Addison (10), Ainsley (8), Ty (3), and a baby girl due in July; parents, Kelly and Denise Naslund of Coleridge, NE; three brothers: Dennis (Tina) Naslund of Coleridge, Derek (Anna) Naslund of Randolph, NE and Darren Naslund of Coleridge; grandparents: Don and Lorraine Naslund of Norfolk, NE and Carol Nordby of Hartington, NE. Dave is also survived by many of his in-laws including: Steve and Nancy Dirks of Coleridge, as well as Katie's siblings; Anthony (Brenda) Dirks of Lincoln, NE, Lindsay Dirks of Yankton, and Katie's grandmother, Marilyn Dirks of Coleridge. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins from both sides of the family will also forever cherish his memory.

Dave was preceded in death by his grandfather, Dean Nordby, Katie's grandparents; Harold "Diz" Dirks, and Jerome and Lucille Haberer; Katie's sister that passed in infancy, Teri Dirks and her uncle, Roger Haberer.

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Katie and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow and loss.

Michelle and Robert Fischer and Hailey

So sorry for your loss, May God comfort you during this difficult time.

Sherry Soukup-Neuharth

Our hearts go out to all of the Naslund families You are going thru Hell on Earth. May God Bless you with many good memories of Dave - tough as nails but a special person.

Gary & Mila Anderson

I am so sorry to hear this. My dear husband died of lung cancer 9 months ago. I hurt so much for this little family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. If his wife ever needs to talk, you can contact me.

Diane Nesselhuf

My heart goes out to your family. Prayers and comfort to you all in this difficult time and in the days/weeks/months to follow..

Alisha Schroeder (Tina's cousin)

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Naslund family. Hold on to all your memories of David. He'll be forever in your hearts. God Bless you and give you comfort.

Bill and Nancy Bazyn

Katie, your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. Dave will be missed but lives on in your beautiful family. Hold them close.


Katie and family, your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. You are all a special family. No words can express our sympathy.

Joe and Karen Boehmer

I'm so sorry to hear of this loss. Although I didn't know Dave or his family I send my prayers for comfort, and especially to Don & Lorraine and Kelly's whole family.

Janette Schroeder

Katie, I am so saddened to hear this news. It was a pleasure to have known the two of you. I so enjoyed working with Dave and his wonderful personality. May this wonderful Husband and daddy live forever in your hearts. Hugs to your Beautiful family.

Holly Annis

I didn't know Dave very well, but my wife and I bought a number of Daves pieces of work. And he was an artist. God clearly blessed Dave, not only with his hands but with his imagination. It takes a special man who can look at various pieces of tossed and weathered pieces of old wood, see something beautiful and purposeful, then take all of those broken and warped pieces and fashion them into something new and wonderful. I think of Jesus and His promise, that He will take us with Him, we who are broken and tossed and weathered. And just as Dave made the old new, so Christ has done with Dave. Dave is with the Lord, who makes all things new. Though I knew him not well, I know the work of his hands, because I see it every day in my home. My home and countless others families/homes have been blessed by the work of Daves craft. What a testament to his life. God bless Daves family and heal their hearts. Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will giv e you rest".

Jon and Stacey Morgan

Katie...so sorry for your loss...you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lucy Stredde

So sorry for your loss. Your entire family is in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the days to come.

Kellen, Tayler & Berkley Moser

Katie and family- I'm sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Please know that you & your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Dave will live on in your beautiful children no doubt. May God give you strength, courage and peace in the days ahead.

Kari (Wagner) Ebel & family

So sorry for your loss. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Praying that God grants you comfort.

Linda and Daryle Milbrath

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace during this difficult time. Brooklynn wanted to make sure Addison knows she is thinking about her and saying prayers for her and your entire family.

Anna Bakley

I don't think we knew your family but you have our deepest sympathy and our thoughts & prayers are with all of you. I too was diagnosed with lung cancer in January. My last chemo treatment is tomorrow and then on to the radiation Dr. Just so sorry to hear of such a young man and him having such a great family.

Loran & Kathy Tramp

So sorry. David's life was bright and talented. He certainly will be missed by so many. We pray that God's love can touch those around David at this time.

Janis & Bill Elliott

It is with a heavy heart that I send my condolences to Katie, her children, and the entire Naslund & Dirks families. I was fortunate to have taught and coached this fine young man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Coach Widler

I only know Dave through my interactions with him at The Lemonade Stand. What a wonderful and wonderfully talented man he was. He left such an impression on me, and I am so sorry for this tragic loss. I love the two pieces he custom-built for me, and I will cherish them forever.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

Bufie Wuestewald

Katie and family, So sorry about Dave. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ann & Wes Myer

Katie, So sorry for your loss. Dave was such a nice guy and always pleasant when he came in to the bank. I feel fortunate to having known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Julie Mart

we are so so sorry for the loss of your husband and father .Hold tight to all your wonderful memorys no one can take those away .he will be with you in the places you go,in the things you do...in your hearts forever with our deepest sympathy.

Charlie and nancy larsen


We are so sad to hear about your loss. I can't even imagine how hard it must be for you and your family. Know that I and the JB staff hold you in our hearts. Hugs and Prayers now and in the days ahead.

Ki Nassauer

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