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David Anthony Estee

April 9, 2022 | 11 comments

David Anthony Estee age 78, of Onalaska, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2022, at home surrounded by family.

He was born on November 11, 1943, to William and LaVonne Estee. He married Eileen Loberg on June 14, 1969, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, North Dakota.

After high school, Dave enlisted into the service joining the Navy on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet as an ordnance mechanic. He was discharged on October 22, 1968, as an E5.

He attended Moorhead Tech, graduating in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration. Dave managed a surplus store in Jamestown, North Dakota, where Dave & Eileen bought their first home. In 1978 they moved to their current residence, where they still reside. Dave drove semi for Gateway Foods, Fleming, and Schreck Trucking for 35 years.

Dave’s hobbies and interests included hockey, duck hunting, restoring cars, woodworking, remolding our home, flowers, boating on the river, watching the Green Bay Packers, and most importantly spending time with family.

Dave is survived by his wife Eileen of 53 years, their three children: Brian (Tara) Estee of Apple Valley, MN, Jennifer (Jesse) Estee of Onalaska, WI, and Chris (Kim) Estee of Minneapolis, MN. Three grandchildren: Colin & Brenden, and Ireland. His siblings Marcia (Craig) Strehlow, Jeff (Sue) Estee and Sara Estee. Many nieces and nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. His dogs Keyla and Elmo.

Preceded in death by his father and mother, his sister Kathryn, father-in-law and mother-in-law and many dear family and friends.

We would like to say thank you to Gundersen Healthcare, especially Dr. Rayhan and Dr. Hudnall and the Pallative Care team.

In Lieu of Flowers, memorials preferred to the Humane Society

There will be a Celebration of Life May 5, 2022, 5 pm to 7 pm at the Onalaska Legion.

We will miss Dave, we have so many great memories of an amazing man. Have a Southern Comfort Old Fashion Sweet or an Old Milwaukee in his honor.



  1. The Lacher Family

    I will always have many fond memories of my amazing Uncle Dave.

  2. Effie Gilles

    Eileen, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your husband. I will pray for comfort for you and your family at this difficult time. Sending you love and hugs.

    • Deborah pisarik

      Eileen, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  3. Rod Hill

    So sorry to hear of this. Dave was such a great and fun guy!

  4. Janice Munson

    Please accept my condolences over the loss of your husband.

  5. Cindy and Sam Oh

    I am so saddened to learn of the passing of my cousin, David. I was interested in hearing about his life as we last met in 1962 at Grandpa Estee’s funeral in Hecla, South Dakota. Eileen, our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family. Please accept our sincere sympathy.❤️

  6. Becky and Toby Johnson

    Our hearts and prayers go out to the Estee family in the passing of David. This all happened so suddenly and unexpectedly. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to you and your families. David was the son of Bill who was my mother’s brother (Eleanor Estee Osher).
    Becky and Toby Johnson

  7. Margaret A Watson


    I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. Prayers for all of you. Margaret Watson

  8. Liz Hellwig

    Eileen and family…thinking of you. I mostly know you Eileen from our “Endo” days!! They were good ones for sure. Hugs my friend.

  9. Sheryl Marlene Smith

    I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing, Prayers to Eileen and the family.

  10. Joe/Sharon Leathers

    I’m so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. I had some fond memories about me and Dave’s Meat sales with Dubuque packing oh sometimes after long day a few cold ones at a small tavern in Onalaska. Both Sharon and I remember spending time with you two plus the kids. Eileen do your remember us? (816-507-5059)

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