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David A. Newkirk – Obituary

Name: David A. Newkirk

Age: 76

Born: 04-07-1943

Died: 08-14-2019

Faith Lutheran Church, rural Monticello, MN

Faith Lutheran Church, rural Monticello, MN

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, August 19, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church, rural Monticello, MN, for David Anthony Newkirk.  He died on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN.  Pastor Paul Nichol will officiate.  Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery south of the church.  Visitation will be from 9:30 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. at the church.

David was born on April 7, 1943, the son of J.D. and Mercedes (Fettes) Newkirk at Sibley, Iowa.  He graduated from Sibley High School in 1961 and the attended Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education. He taught Social Studies at the Training School at Red Wing, MN, and at Kimball, MN.  David then went on to earn his Masters of Education Degree at St. Cloud State University in 1971.

On June 26, 1971, he was united in marriage to Lorraine Olson at the Glendorado Lutheran Church in rural Princeton, MN. One daughter was born to this union.  They made their homes at Elk River, MN and later Monticello, MN and Maple Lake, MN.  

David took a five-year leave of absence from teaching to care for their daughter, founded the Red Wings Collectors Society for which he wrote the organizations newsletter, and wrote three books on Red Wing Pottery.  He then went on to teach at the Alternative Learning Center at Buffalo, MN for 21 years.   He retired from teaching in 2008, and formed a business making spoon rings which he sold around-the-world.

He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in rural Monticello, MN, the Wright County Historical Society, Education Minnesota, and he loved raising sheep and helping the kids with their 4H sheep projects.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by, two sisters, Mayreen and Melinda.

He is survived by, his wife of 48 years Lorraine of Maple Lake, MN, his daughter, Emilie Lynn and son-in-law James Greb of Minneapolis, MN, four sisters, Mary Sue Leistico, of Peyton, CO, Meredith (Bruce) Daggett of Mineral Point, WI, Monica (Marven) Stofferan of Ashton, IA and Margie (George) Braaksma of Sibley, IA, and many nieces, nephews, and friends

Guestbook for David A. Newkirk

Lowell & Corrinne Reed
, Friend of the RWCS
August 23, 2019, 9:23 pm
Our deepest sympathies to the entire Newkirk family on the loss of David. The RWCS is eternally grateful to him for all he did in establishing it, doing the newsletter, & helping to educate all of us with the knowledge passed on through his books.
Bruce ruhe
, Co-worker
August 18, 2019, 3:19 pm
David was a great friend and Teacher.
Lynn Stafford
, Friend
August 17, 2019, 12:45 am
Blessings to Lorraine, Emilie & James. I will be holding you up in prayer.
Libby Jones
, Former student
August 16, 2019, 4:25 am
He was a wonderful teacher. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
Santana Sierra Petersen
, Former student.
August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Thank you for believing in me, for having the patience to put up with me and for keeping in touch after graduation. I still have the spoon keychain that you gave me and I have and will always hold it dear. You were such a great guy and you will be missed. Sending love to Mrs. Newkirk and your daughter. Rest In Peace teach! Xoxo.
Wilbur Latham
, co-worker at WTC
August 16, 2019, 3:02 am
Prayers for Lorraine and Family.Enjoyed working with David.
Randy Maurer
, Former student
August 16, 2019, 1:49 am
We had good times in his class.

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