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David Prosser

July 26, 1926 - April 13, 2021

Graveside Service and Interment will be held on Monday June 7th, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. at Resthaven Cemetery in Menasha, WI.


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David Prosser

July 26, 1926 - April 13, 2021


David B Prosser, 94, of Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Essentia Hospital in Fargo, ND.

David, the devoted son of David J and Blanche Prosser, was born in Neenah, Wisconsin in July, 1926. He grew up in the Neenah/Menasha area. After graduating from Menasha High School, he enlisted in the Army during World War II. He expected to be shipped to Europe at the end of his basic training, but the tide of the war in Europe turned and he was deployed to the Philippine Islands instead. After the Japanese Armistice was signed, he was shipped to northern Japan as part of the post war occupation. He was honorably discharged in December, 1946.

He returned home to Menasha and began his post-secondary education, graduating from UW Madison in 1951, majoring in Agronomy/Soils. Following his graduation, he accepted a position with Smith Douglas in Streeter, IL working with farm fertilizers.

At about the same time he met Gladys Merbach. The two corresponded, dated and in June, 1954 were married and began their life together. David’s farm chemical career moved the couple to Le Sueur, MN and later to Albert Lea, MN. A sales manager position with Cominco in 1976 brought them to Fargo, ND where they worked, played and finally retired. They were long-term members of Grace Lutheran Church in Fargo. They celebrated 65 years of marriage in 2019. David lost his cherished wife Gladys in January, 2020.

David’s hobbies included cooking, fishing, reading, computers, crossword puzzles and card games. He enjoyed a good martini and a slice of Wisconsin cheese. He was a life-long Packer fan and was known for his award winning “Rough Rider Chili” recipe.

David was preceded in death by his wife Gladys; his parents David J and Blanche; sister-in-law Marion (Wilbur); and brother-in-law Wayne.

David is survived by his sister Lois Prosser; sister-in-law Shirley Treadway (Jim); nieces Lynn Oien (Craig); Kay Haglund (Steve); Lori Ertl (John); Pam Keane (Paul); nephew Craig Treadway (Jill); and cousins.

Family and faith always mattered most to David. He became an instant friend to everyone he met. His advice in life to all was “always start each day with a good attitude!”

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the charity of your choice. Final interment will be at Resthaven Cemetery in Menasha, WI.


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7 responses to “David Prosser”

  1. Carlotta Spelhaug says:

    Bless the memory of this sweet man. I lost track of him since I retired but I loved our visits. He loved that I was a farm wife. My sympathy to the family,

  2. Laura & Don Kleist says:

    Don and were fortunate to get to know David later in life through his sister, Lois. He was a great host and lively conversationalist even when his beloved Gladys was no longer able to be by his side. We had planned to visit with David via Zoom this Friday, April 16 with Lois and friends.

  3. Robert (Bob) Davis says:

    Dav and I became friends over the past couple of years. We both were in carido rehab and a group of us old people decided to have coffee after rehab, each taking turns at bringing treats to share. Dav’s brownies and and jovial wite kept us laughing. Dav will be missed and the coffee club won’t be the same.

  4. Elaine Kloepfel says:

    I have known Dave and all Prossers all my life. I served at his wedding to Gladys and in later years got to spend time with them and Lois in Fargo as well as in Door County and in MI on 9/11! We always kept in touch and though I know he is now happy being with his beloved Gladys, the world is a sadder place without him. A true gentleman.

  5. Bev Platz says:

    Dave was a nice man, I met him in Rehab at Essentia Hospital, we enjoyed him so much as we had a coffee group and he was always there, I will miss him dearly, Rest in Peace my dear friend.

  6. Susan Pearson says:

    Dave was so special and kind. Always happy! I consider myself lucky to have known him. He will be greatly missed by many. Rest In Peace Dave. My sympathy to his family.

  7. Lisa Lucas says:

    Growing up 2 houses away from Dave and Gladys, they were like 2nd parents to my sister and I. Thanksgiving meals with Onion Pie, UND vs WI hockey games and our parents playing bridge with them are things I will never forget. Both Dave and Gladys were kind and wonderful people, I know this past year without Gladys was hard on Dave. He spoke fondly of all his nieces and family, I know he was looking forward to a move closer in MN. He will be missed but the fact that he is reunited with Gladys is comforting.

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