David Alan GATZKE
1954 - 2015
BORN
1954
DIED
2015
FUNERAL HOME
Peterson Chapel
119 Central Avenue North
Buffalo, MN
Age 61 Born June 28, 1954 in St. Paul, MN. He died peacefully, after a short and courgeous battle with pancreatic cancer, at his home in Buffalo on August 3, 2015 wtih his loving family at his side. On July 27, 1991 Dave married Jill Bemis of Marietta, MN, at the Fort Snelling Chapel. Dave grew up in St. Paul, graduating from Harding High School in 1972. He countinued his education at the St. Paul College, graduating with a culinary degree. He worked as a chef at Ramada Inn, St. Paul and Paul's Place in Roseville. Dave continued his career working as a purchasing agent at the Radisson Hotel in Minnetonka and the Radisson South Hotel in Bloomington. In 1989 he went to the Carlson Company headquarters in Plymouth and worked in the Strategic Sourcing Dept. as a Sr. Director until 2012. Dave then started his own consulting business, working for Best Western Hotels up until his death. Dave enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved all the wonderful summer days that were spent at home in the swimming pool and at the family cabin on Clearwater Lake, fishing and just relaxing! Preceded in death by parents, Alfred Gatzke and Elsie Gatzke Slack, step-father Floyd Slack, niece Rachel Langdon, and parents-in-law Art and Jean Bemis. Survived by his wife Jill, his children, Michelle (Doug) Strom, Zimmerman, MN, Alex and Katie Gatzke, both students at St. Cloud State University, grandchildren Joey and Ashley Strom, sister Diane (Kent) Langdon, Oshkosh, WI, step-siblings, Barb Huddle, Marie (Chris) Boon, Michael Slack, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A celebration of Dave's life will take place on Saturday, Augusut 8, 2015 at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, MN. Visitation will take place at 9am with the service following at 11:30AM. The Peterson Chapel Buffalo 763-682-1363 www.thepetersonchapel.com



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Published by Pioneer Press on Aug. 4, 2015.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Aug
8
Visitation
9:00a.m. - 11:30a.m.
Buffalo Presbyterian Church
, Buffalo, MN
Aug
8
Service
11:30a.m.
Buffalo Presbyterian Church
, Buffalo, MN
Funeral services provided by:
Peterson Chapel
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Dear Jill and Family. Words can't really say enough on the passing of a Loved one.Even thou we have never met, We hung around together all thru harding, Between playing in are band, and working side by side with him when we where dishwashers at the Ramada, I never had so much fun,excitment,the Pranks we pulled, The challenges we faced as we tried to become more mature in growing up. "Mature :-)" .Even
if we haven't seen each other in over 30rs. I will sadly miss him. But will not forget him .
Chuck Branum
August 8, 2015
Chuck Branum
August 8, 2015
I met Dave 7 years ago as a supplier to Carlson hotels. He was a truly skilled and professional business partner and friend. I am saddened by his untimely passing. He will be missed. May peace be with you.

Jim Anewalt, HD Supply
August 6, 2015
Jill and Family,
I worked with Dave for many years as one of his suppliers. Dave provided some great laughs over the years. I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Dave was way too young to pass so soon.
Kirsten Antone
August 6, 2015
Dear Jill, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. It has been many years since we have seen one another....but I have very fond memories of the times that we spent together back from the Carlson days when I worked with Dave. Hugs to all of you......
Dana Mueller
August 6, 2015
So sorry to hear about Dave's passing. I grew up with Dave on the Eastside of St. Paul. We graduated from high school together as well. I have not seen Dave in many years but have thought of him on occasion. I remember hanging out with him at Eastview playgrounds and over at his house. I remember Dave played guitar once in a while too. Dave was such a nice guy and very well liked. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. A special hello to Mike Slack. I hope all is well with you. Rest in peace Dave.
Ray Capocasa
Ray Capocasa
August 4, 2015
Dear Jill, Katie and Alex,
I am in shock as I just heard today and I did not even know Dave was ill. I know words cannot suffice at this time but know that my prayers are with you and the entire family. Jill, you and Dave were great friend's of Kari and I and we had some wonderful camping memories that will never be forgotten.
May Dave rest in peace and God look over you and the kids.
Respectfully,
Dale Duppong
Lakeville, Mn.
August 4, 2015
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