North Mankato, Minn.: David Reetz, 40, of North Mankato and formerly of Webster, died Friday, May 25, 2012, at his home.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012, at Christ The King Catholic Church in Webster.
Burial will be at St. Otto's Cemetery.
Visitation will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster on Wednesday 5-7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. rosary, also at funeral home.
Memorials will be used to establish a scholarship fund for Webster High School students that plan to attend a power lineman program.
David Charles Reetz was born Saturday, Jan. 15, 1972, to Donald and Helen (Pingle) Reetz in Webster. He was baptized and confirmed at Christ The King Catholic Church in Webster. David graduated from Webster High School in 1990, and was very active in football, basketball and track.
David attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish for three years and then transferred to Northern State University in Aberdeen for one year. He then attended Mitchell Technical Institute and graduated with a high honor diploma in power line construction and maintenance in 1999. He did his internship at Lake Region Electric Association in Webster and started his lineman career as an apprentice in Hastings, Neb., and then went to work at Black Hills Power and Light in Rapid City. Here, he proceeded to attain his journeyman license. Dave then went to work for Aquila in Pueblo, Colo., and did contracting work for the large highline wires in Minneapolis. He was currently working as a journey lineman for Xcel Energy in Mankato.
David was attending Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association. He was a true outdoorsman. His passion was hunting, fishing and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Dave had an adventurous spirit. He loved new experiences and took normal everyday things to the edge. Heights, water and wilderness were his playground. He loved to travel and made many friends everywhere he went. He cherished visiting and making lasting memories with his friends.
David is survived by his mother, Helen Reetz of Webster; one sister, Barbara (Kurt McKane) of Bristol; his grandmother, Ann Pingle of Webster; and aunts: Marie (Joseph) Varholik of Heber Springs, Ariz., and Donna (Chuck) Hendricks of Lakewood, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Reetz; grandparents, Herman and Marie Reetz, William Pingle, Clifford Johnson; and an uncle, Richard "Dick" Reetz.