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David Finneseth

June 01, 1939 - July 13, 2010

Funeral Service:

11 AM Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Hope Lutheran Church - South Campus, Fargo, ND


Boulger Funeral Home

David Finneseth

June 01, 1939 - July 13, 2010


David Finneseth, 71, Fargo, formerly of Minot, North Dakota, passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 surrounded by family and caring Hospice staff.

David was born to Hiram and Evelyn Finneseth in Minot, ND on June 1, 1939.  He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Velva High School in 1957 and entered the Army that fall.  He completed basic training for Military Police and was stationed in Korea until 1959, when he was transferred to Ft. Mead, Maryland.  It was there where he met and married Kay Holman on November 23, 1961 in College Park, MD.  After serving in the military he completed two years at Prince George’s Junior College for business and worked for Sears until he accepted a job with State Farm Insurance Company.  In February of 1963 they moved to Minot, ND to start his insurance business.  He worked for State Farm for 37 years and continued to run the family farming operations for 20 years.  When he retired in 2000, David and Kay enjoyed being snow birds for a few years at their home in Surprise, Arizona until his health began to fail.  In the fall of 2009 they moved to Fargo to be closer to family.

David was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Minot, ND and served on the church council.  In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, woodworking, walking, racquetball, volleyball and attending Minot sporting events as well as his grandchildren’s sporting and musical events.

David is survived by his wife, Kay Finneseth(3602 Juniper Court South, Fargo, ND 58104); son, Mike (Sheila), Fargo, ND; daughter, Sandy Christenson (Sean) Saint Louis Park, MN; brothers, Harley Finneseth, Lynnwood, WA and Paul Finneseth, San Diego, CA; sister, Paulette Finneseth, San Bernadio, CA; grandchildren, Derek, Matt and Bryan Finneseth, Fargo, Carly and Wyatt Christenson, Saint Louis Park; several Aunts, Uncles and  Cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents.                    

Memorials preferred to Hospice of Red River Valley and Hope Lutheran Church.  The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers of Hospice and Home Instead that gave such loving care to David.


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  1. Julie Held Polzin says:

    Salt Lake City, Utah Dear Finneseth Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your great loss. I was a friend of Mike and Shelia’s in college and attended their wedding in Minot. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Ron and Donna Blitenthal and family says:

    St. Louis Park MN
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. As neighbors of Sandy and Sean we enjoyed visiting with David and talking baseball, family and other subjects when he would sit outside. He was so fond of watching the boys play ball and I remember him encouraging and participating as much as he could.

    We hope your good memories of him will comfort you during this time.

    All our best,
    Ron and Donna, Elie and Micah.

  3. Larry and Sharon Wilkes says:

    Minot ND
    We are very sorry for your loss. Our deepest heartfelt thoughts and sincere sympathy go to you.

    Larry & Sharon

  4. Michelle Boggs Purinton says:

    Sandy and Family,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  5. Joan E. Ackermann says:

    Stl.Louis Park MN
    I am so sorry for your loss. May your many memories bring you comfort. Love to you,
    Joan Ackermann

  6. merlin anderson says:

    joliet ildavid was always a great person to know merlin

  7. Rachel Consdorf says:

    Fargo I teach with Mike at North High and we knew that David’s health was deteriorating this spring. We are all so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, dad, sibling, and grandpa. May you all have peace in knowing he is finally at rest. Take care.

  8. valerie thompson says:

    May the Finneseth family find comfort in knowing that God is “near to those that are broken at heart and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” (Psalm 3418) He has promised to soon “swallow up death forever…and wipe the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 258) Take care,

  9. Kaye Tomlinson says:

    St. Paul Nebraska My deepest sympathy to you Kay, and to the whole family. David was a joy in high school, always up beat and happy.He was my husband in our Junior Class Play and it was a fun production. Memories are so nice to hold on to. He will be greatly missed by his family and so many others. I will keep you and your family and David in my prayers.
    Kaye (Taylor) Tomlinson class of 1957

  10. Michelle Boggs Purinton says:

    Bayonne NJDear Sandy and Family,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.


  11. Ron and Donna Wald says:

    Lodge Grass MTDear Kay and family,

    We want to express our consolances to you at this time. Dave was a very good friend of Ron’s during highschool and when we lived at Velva. He was truly a very honest individual and we enjoyed the times we spent with him.

    May God watch over you at this time of loss.

    Ron and Donna Wald

  12. Nancy Heskin says:

    Minot ND
    Kay and Family,
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Blessings to you ~

  13. Keith & Carol Holman says:

    Blooming Prairie MN
    We were sad to hear from Karen Holman of Dave’s passing. He was a great guy and we always enjoyed the times we were able to be with you two. The Boulger website doesn’t show the memorial service schedule yet so we don’t know if we will be able to get to Fargo because our daughter, Erin and her husband will be in this week from MA. It looks now as though we won’t be able to be there in person, but we will surely be there in our thoughts.

    Take care.

    Love, Keith and Carol7

  14. Rich and Diane Olthoff says:

    Minot ND
    Dear Finneseth Family,

    We were saddened to read about David’s death. You are in our prayers. He was a great guy and Rich really enjoyed visiting with him, especially about sports. He will be missed by many.

    Rich and Diane

  15. Jan Aken (Janice Bolstad) says:

    Lake Stevens, WADear Kay and family
    I grew up with David, attend Luther League with him and also took confirmation classes and was confirmed with him.
    He had a wonderful smile and was a very nice young man. I have fond memories of him when we both were young and growing up.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  16. Arvid Reimann says:

    Minot ND
    Our deepest sympathy is with you all at this time of sorrow. Please know we will keep you all in our prayers and that we will be thinking of you in this time of loss.
    Arv & Marilynn

  17. Carol M. Haskin says:

    Kay and family,Sorry to hear of the passing of David. He has been with all the family gatherings and a pleasure to visit with. We will all miss his presents when we are all together. My prayers and thoughts go out to all family. Love, Carol

  18. Dwight & Paula Richter says:

    Williston ND
    Dear Katy & Family,

    Please accept our sincerest condolences on your loss. Dave always had a great sense of humor and we enjoyed working with him during his State Farm years.

    We will miss him! Your friends,

    Dwight & Paula

  19. Judy & Jim Horst says:

    Carrollton TxOur condolences to Kay and family. I worked for Dave and Kay for many years and so enjoyed both of them. Our prayers are with you at your time of loss.

  20. Doug Frazier says:

    Minot My condolences on your loss. Mom enjoyed working for him and he was so very nice to me and my family.

  21. Jason Hovde says:

    Minot ND
    My deepest sympathies for your loss.

  22. Dennis Harsch says:

    Fargo ND
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Kay, and your family. Dave was wonderful to work with. He always had a wonderful smile, wonderful sense of humor, and a firm hand shake. He certainly will be missed.

  23. Gene and Marilyn Bailey says:

    Minot ND
    To Kay and family Marilyn and I would
    like to extend our sympathy to you,
    May God lift you up and place his loving arms around you and keep you close during this sad time in your life.

    Gene & Marilyn

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