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David M. Pfiffner

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Pfiffner, David Meehan

David Meehan Pfiffner, 92, passed away on June 19, 2014, in Madison, Wis. He was born February 17, 1922, to James Meehan and Mary Sturtevant Pfiffner in Stevens Point, Wis., where he lived until moving to Northbrook, Ill. in 1965. A bon vivant and natural joker, Dave liked to refer to himself as "the master of useless information." His sense of humor and easy-going personality were put to good use during his 30-plus years as a sales executive for the paper industry.

During World War II, Dave served in the Army Air Force as a nose gunner in B-24 aircraft. After the war, he attended Ripon College, where he met Patricia Helander, his wife of 65 years.

An avid sportsman, Dave enjoyed duck hunting and fly-fishing. He loved golf and curling. He was one of the founders of the Stevens Point Curling Club in 1959, a member of the North Shore Curling Club for more than 30 years, and an officer of the United States Curling Association. In 1992, he was selected to participate on the USCA Scot Tour to curl in Scotland.

A dedicated "sports dad," Dave was an active booster of his sons' athletic endeavors. He was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan.

After retirement, Dave and Pat traveled the world. Dave also took an once-in-a-lifetime safari to Africa with his son, Dennis. But above all, Dave and Pat loved their summer home on Lake Katherine in Northern Wisconsin.

Dave will be remembered for his generosity, loyalty, curiosity, and kindness. He was a devoted husband, loving father, doting grandfather, and stalwart friend. We will miss him.

Dave is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons, Dennis (Deborah) of Libertyville, Ill.; and Michael (Starlett) of Madison, Wis.; daughter, Pamela of Portland, Ore.; and brother, E. John (Constance) Pfiffner of Mt. Prospect, Ill. He is blessed with six grandchildren, Christian, Brent, Thomas, Scott, Colleen, and Nicole. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, brother, James S. Pfiffner, and grandson, Reid H. Pfiffner.

Remembrances can be sent to: the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance ( or the US Curling Association, (

Published in Stevens Point Journal on June 28, 2014
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