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David (Dave) K. Horne, Fargo, age 58, died unexpected of a massive heart attack on Saturday, May 22, 2021, with his wife Shelley at his side. He was born November 16, 1962, in Havre, Montana, to Robert and Deanne Horne. The second of three sons, he spent most of his childhood in St. Cloud, Minnesota (3years), Missoula, Montana (4 years) and Valley City, North Dakota (6 years) where he was spoiled by his great-aunt Charlotte Graichen. He lived in Mandan, North Dakota, four years before he and his future wife, Shelley Kautzman, both graduated with honors from Mandan High School in 1981. In high school Dave was active in debate, choir, band, computer club, Latin Club and Boys State. Dave and Shelley were united in marriage in November 1982 in Mandan. David attended Valley City State University for one year before transferring to the University of North Dakota where he earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in Physics followed by a Master’s Degree in Physics and Computer Science. He spent 27 years driving to and from his home in Fargo to the UND Aerospace Center where he served as an Interactive Systems Analyst and “jack of all trades” keeping operations on an even keel. His brilliant mind and joy of solving electronic and mechanical problems made him a valuable asset to UND, family and friends. David loved family gatherings, reading, cooking, his cats and music of all kinds, especially bassoon or piano when played by his only child, Tyler. His joy was attending Tyler’s band and orchestra concerts at Davies High School, F-M Youth Symphony and Concordia College. He had a wide variety of interests and could help solve most anything. David was always, without fail, supportive of Shelley’s many hobbies and interests. He loved to laugh and talk about current events. Basically, he had on opinion about everything. His family, friends and co-workers knew Dave as a hard-working, energetic, caring, kind man who was known always to lend-a-hand or help out when needed. David, who will be remembered as a loving son, husband, father, brother and friend, is survived by his wife Shelley; his child Tyler; his parents Robert and Deanne Roseth Horne; father-in-law Tony Kautzman, brother Dan (Bobbi) Horne of Katy, Texas; brother Richard (Lisa) Horne of Lenexa, Kansas; sister-in-law Kathy (Mark) Peightal of Omaha, Nebraska; brother-in-law Ross (Sandy) Kautzman of Omaha, Nebraska; nieces Shantel Horne, Paige Horne, Kara Peightal; nephews Sean Horne (Melissa), Eric Horne (Melanie), Jay Vandenberg (Emily), Dena McCright (Bill), Brandon Peightal, Kyle Kautzman and numerous great nieces, nephews and cousins. David treasured his family and the time he spent with them. David was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Caroline Graichen Horne and Harold Horne; his maternal grandparents, Dorothy Larson Roseth and Carl Roseth; mother-in-law, Patricia Kautzman and numerous aunts and uncles. A Celebration of David’s Life for family and friends will be held at the Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo, ND, on June 21, 2021, at 1:30 pm. The online guestbook and Celebration will be live streamed at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com. Memorials are suggested to the UND Foundation, the Robert and Deanne Horne Scholarship at VCSU, the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphony, or the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony.

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  1. I am so saddened to hear of David’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. I pray you find comfort in your memories. I enjoyed working with David all these years, and will miss his smiling face and laughter.

  2. I was shocked to hear of Davids passing. My prayers go out to you and your family, that you may find peace and comfort at this trying time. David was more than a co-worker; he was a friend. I’ll miss talking with him, and I will especially miss his sense of humor. No matter what was going on, he made working at Aerospace a little more enjoyable. David my friend, you will be missed!

  3. Worked with Dave for over 20 years at UND. Was a great friend and co-worker. One of the most dependable and friendliest guys you’ll ever met. Prayers go out to family.

  4. I am so saddened to hear the news of David’s passing. I worked with him at UND and could always count on him to lend an ear or help find a solution to the many complex issues we face on the IT side of things at UND.
    He was a consummate professional who never said “no” to anything asked of him. He will be missed by his UND family and I offer my most sincere condolences to his family and friends. He was a great guy and will certainly be missed. RIP David.

  5. I was shocked to learn of David’s sudden passing. I worked in UND’s Space Studies department for four years, where he patiently assisted us with whatever computer problem we were having at the time regardless if the problem was due to the computer or our own lack of understanding. Having just transferred back to Space Studies, I am very sad that I will not have the opportunity to work through computer problems with him and visit about miscellaneous things anymore.

  6. To the Horne family, Prayerful sympathy. How difficult to lose a special person at a vibrant age! David certainly left a strong impact in the many, many lives he touched! May God welcome him to eternal joy, love and peace.
    I sent a greeting to Deanne (a colleague when she taught a University of Mary).

  7. My condolences go out to all of David’s family and friends, as he will be missed tremendously. David was always there for students and colleagues, offering great advice and assistance…with a laugh and smile. I was fortunate to have met him as a student and continue to work with him as a UND employee. David’s technical expertise enabled so many of our outreach programs, including Aerospace Community Day, all of our student events with presentations, and so many others. He will be missed, but always remembered.

  8. I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was also so helpful with each of our Space Grant events over the years. We are very grateful to have had his expertise. Sending well wishes to David’s family.

  9. Like so many others, I was surprised by David’s untimely passing. I worked with him at UND for several years, and he was always my go-to guy for any technological problems I had (which was often, given my allergy to computers!) David was so much more than a computer guy for me–we would have long and sometimes random conversations about this or that, and he was knowledgeable about so many things. It was always a pleasure to speak with him, and I am already missing our talks. He was also a reliable help at work, and would drop things to come rushing up to fix a crisis, or just to provide helpful advice on how to do things more efficiently. I will miss him!

  10. David will be sorely missed at UND Aerospace. He was a technical wizard and was always available in a hurry. I will miss his laugh and cheerful attitude. My deepest condolences to his family. I know his Aerospace family misses him greatly.

  11. David was a joy to work with and always had time to help or just visit. Even after I left Aerospace I would often see David and his side-kick Lee Smith…always smiling and up for a chat! David will be missed greatly!

  12. We only met David a few times, however got yo know him pretty well. Our hearts got out to his Mother and Dad for we have also lost a son. To Shelly and Tyler he will always be with you just look around and you will see him.

  13. Words, no matter how kind, can’t mend your heartache. However, we you wish you comfort and peace of mind in dealing with this sudden loss. David was such a kind, giving person. I’ve enjoyed our friendship over the years, and he will remain in our hearts and memories forever.

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