David L. Myers, age 76, of Owatonna, MN passed away on December 8th, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living in Owatonna as a result of Parkinson’s. Mass of Christian Burial is set for Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 10;30 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owatonna. Friends may greet the family on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 5-7pm at the Brick – Meger Funeral Home and one hour before the funeral liturgy on Wednesday. Military rites provided by the Steele County Funeral Unit.
David and his twin brother Donald were born on June 19, 1942 to Glen and Helen (Ford) Myers in Owatonna. David and Donald were identical twins and even their parents and sister, Carol, had difficulty telling them apart. They shared many major events growing up and have many stories of mischief along the way.
As a boy David was very involved in the Boy Scouts and earned his Eagle Scout award in 1960. For 10 summers starting in 9thgrade David worked at a large boy scout camp on Lake Many Point in northern Minnesota. He worked in the dining hall and eventually became Head Evening Cook preparing 1,000 meals per day.
David graduated from Owatonna High School in 1960 and attended Mankato State College, graduating with Economics and Business Degrees in 1964. David entered the Army in the Fall of 1966. He served in the Signal Corps Unit in the Panama Canal Zone where, David received Direct Commission as Lieutenant. David was first assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington. He was later honorably discharged.
David returned to Owatonna in September 1970 and was hired by Truth Hardware where he worked for 35 years before retiring in September 2005. He developed and installed a large integrated manufacturing planning and control system. Following retirement David enjoyed travelling and going on cruises with his wife. He wanted to return to the area of each of the Army bases where he was stationed, and was able to do so, including taking a cruise through the Panama Canal. He was also active in Golden K Kiwanis and was member of the Elk’s Club.
One important event in David’s life occurred in 7th grade when we saw a girl with long ringlets, Marjean Eisen. As it turned out she would not talk to him. He kept tabs on her, and it took 17 years for her to talk to him, but he didn’t waste time the second time around. He asked her out on a date in June 1972 and they were married in October 1972. This past October they celebrated 46 years of marriage. They had two daughters, Karyn and Nancy. David was a loving father and enjoyed taking the family on yearly trips, driving across the country. The family also went on yearly fishing trips to northern Minnesota that were a highlight of the year. David also enjoyed keeping detailed records of many things, including the 12,000 miles he jogged over 19 years.
David was preceded in death by his parents. David is survived by his wife Marjean and two daughters, Karyn (Jon) Gelhaus, Wausau, WI and Nancy (Gregg) Dold, Duluth, MN, his brother Donald (Karen) Myers, Bemidji, MN, sister Carol (Loren) Jacobson, Solon, OH, and grandchildren Claire, Norah, Garrett, and Jack.
The family would like to thank the staff of Brookdale and Heartland Hospice for their compassion and care for David in the last months of his life. Memorials are may be directed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.