David G. Klemisch, 53, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Essentia Hospital in Fargo, ND with his family by his side.

David Gerard Klemisch was born in Drayton, ND on November 3, 1960 to Robert and Dolores Klemisch. He grew up in Drayton and graduated from Drayton High School in 1979. David enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1980. He was stationed in San Diego, CA aboard the USS Dixon and traveled the Pacific Ocean.

On August 1, 1981 David married Merrilee Lubka. When David was honorably discharged in 1984, they returned to North Dakota. Together they had two children, Randall and Jamie. David worked as a master electrician in Fargo until signing on with Franklin Life.

In May 1998, David lost his wife to her battle with cancer. He was blessed to find love again and married Stacey Mennis on September 25, 1999. He was also very happy to gain a step-daughter, April. Their family remained in Fargo and David expanded his business to form Klemisch Financial Group. David was a hard worker and became very successful. He earned many industry honors including president of the Fargo-Moorhead Association of Life Underwriters and later state president. David also earned many awards.

David had many interests including hunting, fishing and golfing. He was a huge Bison fan and attended all three national championship games with his son, Randall. David loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. David was known for his sense of humor.

David will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Stacey; his children, Randall Klemisch, Scottsdale, AZ, Jamie (Matthew) Rarick, Drayton, ND, April (Trevor) Anderson, Fargo, ND; his grandchildren, Jonah and Ruth Rarick; his brothers and sisters, Ken (Denise) Klemisch, Mike (Kathy) Klemisch, Roger (MaryLou) Klemisch,  Wayne (Lucille) Klemisch, Darlene (Keith) Bondley, Diane (Gary) Winterquist, Bob (Nicole) Klemisch, Dan (Deb) Klemisch, Jeff (Lisa) Klemisch and Carol (Scott) Harr.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Dolores Klemisch; his first wife, Merrilee Klemisch; and his granddaughter, Calla Rarick.

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