David Eugene Geyer
August 4, 1956 ~ July 15, 2023
Lisbon, North Dakota
Resided in: Vergas, Minnesota
David Eugene Geyer, 66, passed away on Saturday, July 15th at his beloved lake cabin on Loon Lake, surrounded by his loved ones.
Dave was born in Lisbon, ND on August 4th, 1956, to Elmer and Grace Geyer and grew up on a farm outside Enderlin, ND. He attended Enderlin Public School and was an accomplished wrestler (State, ’74). After graduating in 1975, he earned a welding degree from Wahpeton’s State School of Science. He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Grace, and his sister Meri (Marv) Weiler. Dave leaves behind his sisters Doris (Gary) Fritz and Cathy Singleton; his four children, Stacy (Joshua) Warg, Jamie, Lucas (Kayla), and Rebecca; five grandchildren (Chloe, Dexter, Lily, Norah, and Jack); and many, many friends.
Not many people are blessed enough to say they found their soul mate, but Dave certainly found his. Early in childhood, he encountered a skinny kid called Otto: the rest was history. And possibly a touch of infamy. Certainly a few police reports. And stitches. Also, property damage. Come to think of it, one of them was certainly a bad influence on the other. However, Dave was a man of life-long friendships and he will be sorely missed by a great many people.
Dave was a foosball wizard, dominating opponents deceived by his friendly, almost nonchalant, invitation to play. He also loved deer hunting. One day his grandchildren will learn “Papa Dave Meat” is actually called “deer sausage” by the rest of the world. And while Dave may not have invented Pickle Dip (depending on who you ask), he certainly perfected it.
In the early 1980s, Dave was on the crew that built Northern Sun (later ADM). He was subsequently hired on during startup, worked his way up the ladder, and eventually found himself serving as Plant Superintendent until his retirement. He seemed to get along with everyone he worked with (a rare gift). He could give as good as he got – which is good considering how many height jokes went his way. His inability to sit still at a desk was nicely balanced by his inability to use a computer.
At some point, as retirement got closer, Dave’s internal social butterfly demanded to be acknowledged. And thus, “Geyer-palooza” was born! An annual summer get together which began as a small gathering of friends, eventually expanded to a wide-open invitation to a full weekend of fun, food, drink, pontooning, camping, and live music.
Following retirement, Dave decided to start taking relaxation seriously. He had worked hard – it was time to Play Hard. He upgraded his cabin on Loon Lake, including adding on a large three-stall “Man Cave,” complete with disco lights and heated floors throughout.
Following his passing, Dave requested a Celebration of Life. This will take place at the VFW in Enderlin on Thursday, July 20th, from 4pm to 7pm. As in his life, all are invited to attend and are encouraged to enjoy themselves!