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David L. Segler

January 14, 2023 | 13 comments

David Lee Segler, age 75, of Onalaska, WI passed away peacefully on Friday January 13 th 2023 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse WI. He was born on October 29 th , 1947 to Arthur Lee Segler and Evelyn Marie (Haas) Segler. He married Debra (West) Segler on June 20 th 1981 at Asbury Methodist Church in La Crosse WI. David cherished Debra and children Eric Segler, Shanleigh (Segler) Ritger and her husband Adam Paul Ritger. He also enjoyed time with both family and friends always making sure that he was there for them. Helping by making every celebration like Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthdays for his family and friends memorable. David had many hobbies ranging from wood working, going on trips to Wisconsin Dells, leading the Boy Scouts, helping Girl Scouts and enjoying baseball, basketball, and football games. He enjoyed attending live sporting events for the Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers as well as the La Crosse Catbirds. He also was a proud member of his work force union; working his way up to becoming president of the union for Hillview Healthcare Center. He really was a friend of labor. People really made a difference to David. They were part of the wood glue of his life. The valued lifelong friendship of Lenny Schley and the late Bill Russell really solidified the bond of the three Amigos since before the 5th grade. Where you found one you found the other two. There were others that meant a lot to David as well who helped him get through the day to day at work and other things in his life like: Jeff Miller, Dustin Kramer, Mike Hussey, John Ford, Mike Lahart, Mike Lynott, George Marvalas and others that he made a lifetime of memories with and many other fun shenanigans. He enjoyed his later years by going out on outings with his family and friends from Havenwood like going to the mall, boating on the Mississippi Queen and La Crosse Logger games. During family gatherings he loved to spend quality time with his beloved children, Debra, nephews, nieces, and extended family. David would always be the joker with a smile that filled the room. The consummate handy man he was the fixer of all things. He really always liked to be the center of it all and to be able to be called Mr. Fixit or Uncle Davin. David is survived by his daughter Shanleigh (Segler) Ritger, son in law Adam Ritger, son Eric Segler, Adams parents Bob and Ellen Ritger as well as Debra Segler. David is preceded in death by his parents Arthur Segler, Evelyn (Haas) Segler, Sister Donna (Segler) Thomas, Brother-in-law Richard Thomas. David’s final wishes did not include a service. He lived a happy life and loved his friends and family. Please honor his memory in service to your families and the community.



  1. Dennis L Goss

    OMG Seegs! We played many a pick up game over the years my old friend. Rest in Peace Big Guy. You will be playing with the Angels team now and they can always use a big fella that can hit the boards & shoot from beyond the key. You will be missed David!!

  2. Linda Strickland Butterworth

    To Deb and Dave’s family. I was so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was an old friend and an all around nice guy. We shared high school years together as well as employment at Hillview Health Care Center for several years. He will be missed. Hope you have many good memories to help with the loss. Thinking of all of you. Linda Butterworth.

  3. George Maravelas

    Fond memories of the Dancing Bear.
    GREAT AND FUN basketball teammate AND opponent and after-game (after-hours) time downtown and out of town.

    Mostly will miss Dave’s sense of humor, wit, smile and overall good nature and decency.

    He used to get in my face and say “Where you at Captain?” when we ran into each other on the court and in many “fine establishments”.
    I know “where YOU at” now and hope you have found your forever peace.

    Keep a spot on your Roster for me.

    Sympathies for Family and RIP Dave.

    George Maravelas

  4. Nikki

    You will always have a special place in my heart ❤️ my family that was there when I needed it the most, life happened and we didn’t talk much but always thinking of you and wishing you all well. Thanks for all the talks, holidays, and being there when my dad couldn’t. Fly high with the angels Much love Nikki

  5. Dave Schleh

    David, you were always such a wonderful and caring friend to my brother. I vividly remember the days of you, Denny Goss, Bill Russell and Tom Richert being fixtures at our house. You all played so much basketball together. You were a kind, smart and generous soul. Rest in peace.

  6. Alan Topel

    Deb and Family,
    So sorry to read of Dave’s passing. We played a lot of softball against one another in the 70’s. He was a big man on the mound with a gentle disposition.
    Always enjoyed seeing him out and about in our later years. May God bless all of you in your time of sorrow.
    Al Topel

    • Judy Gunderson

      So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I will forever hold in my heart the memories I have from working with him. He was everybody’s friend and always an ear to listen. My prayers and condolences to his family and friends.

  7. Dan Schleh

    You were a great friend to many. You’re staying in touch with our brother Lenny speaks of your character and integrity. You will be missed by many.

    My best to your family.

    • Mike Hussey

      Dave had a sense of decency about him that made you feel good to be in his company. He was also a great, knowledgeable sports fan with whom it was fun to attend sporting events. He will be missed. Rest in peace, David!

  8. Brooke Smith

    I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I worked with him for many years at Hillview and he was loved by the residents and staff. We enjoyed having him dress up as Santa and hand out gifts to the residents. Even after he retired he came out to play Santa and even brought Shanleigh as his helper Elf! His heart was as big as he was tall! Dave, you will be greatly missed.

    -Brooke Smith

  9. Jeff Miller

    What an honor…
    Dave was one of a kind, completely 100% genuine it was so easy to want to be a friend.
    Loved talking about the “old” WWE with him and Stef.
    Dave was the type of man where a hand shack still meant something and his word was absolute.
    Two qualities hard to find these days.
    He will be missed dearly.

  10. jerry shepard

    Long Ago Dave was a neighbor, one of the BEST i have ever had. A Really NICE GUY. R.I.P. Dave


  11. Scarlet Miller

    Dave was to his core a good, caring, genuine person. The world is a little bit less without his presence. Rest easy Dave, you will be missed!

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