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David Lee Tranberg

March 14, 2024 | 8 comments

David Lee Tranberg, 78, Trempealeau, graduated to his Heavenly Home on March 11, 2024 at Gundersen Health System surrounded by his family.  Dave was born to Odell and Geraldine Tranberg of Galesville and graduated from Gale-Ettrick High School in 1964.

Dave met the love of his life, Bev (Dahl), on a blind date in 1971.  They shared 51 years of marriage and together raised four beautiful daughters.   They were blessed with 13 grandchildren, one great- grandchild, and a beloved cat named Brody.  Some of Dave’s last words were, “I love all my girls.”

Dave had many fond memories of growing up on the family farm.  He cherished time spent on the tractor working alongside his dad and took pride in raising and showing Duroc pigs at the County fair as part of 4-H.  He took great joy in reminiscing and sharing farm stories with his loved ones.

Dave had a very strong work ethic his entire life.  He worked many jobs, most notably a 40-year career as a Technician at Phoneco in Galesville.  He also served many in the community through his self-owned business, Dave Tranberg’s Telephone Sales and Service.

Dave’s faith and church were extremely important to him, and he devoted his life to serving the Lord.  He made it his mission to lead people in accepting Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.  He treasured his church family and spent many hours in joyful service at Connect Church in Onalaska.

Dave shared his warm, genuine smile with everyone he encountered.  He always said, “a stranger is a friend not yet met.”  He was thoughtful, kind, generous, intuitive to people’s feelings, and always had a positive, uplifting word to say.  He loved to tell “Dad” jokes and made sure to call loved ones to sing Happy Birthday to them on their special day.  His gentleness and compassion will be sincerely missed.

Dave is survived by his wife, Bev, Trempealeau, daughters Shari Long, Lemoore, CA, Erin (Jerry) Valley, La Crosse, WI, Rebecca (Ray) Wurzel, Trempealeau, WI, Allison (Joon) Jeon, Los Angeles, CA,13 grandchildren, Anita (Dalton), Jonathan, Brianna, Brittany, Caleb, Niesa, Dominick, Alayna, Kayla, Brynlee, Camden, Greenlee, Kallista, and great-granddaughter Sophia.

He is also survived by his siblings Lynda (Harlan) Hjerleid, Marlene (Doug) Holte, Laurie (Randy) McCutchen, Steve (Laura) Tranberg and Melanie (Rick) Wolle, brother-in-law John Olson, and many nieces and nephews.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Odell and Geraldine Tranberg, sister, Julie Olson, brother, Gene Tranberg, sister-in-law Peggy Tranberg, and two unborn Valley grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska on Wednesday March 27, 2024 at 10:00 a.m., with funeral service at 11:00 a.m.  Service will be officiated by Pr. Jerry Hatlevig of Connect Church, Onalaska.  Burial will be at Trempealeau Public Cemetery following the service.

The Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

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  1. Annette Flores

    Blessings to your family for peace and comfort at this time. May God’s grace and love be upon you all.

  2. Tim Stalsberg

    Prayers for Dave’s journey to heaven and prayers to the family to hold close to your heart all of the cherished memories over the years. Tim Stalsber and family

    • Linda kugler

      Condolences to the family . Dave was a kind and good man. Many memories of his serving in the church so faithfully. Praying for the family Linda and John kugler

  3. Sandi Auseth

    Dave was a classmate of mine and I have fond memories of him. His faith in our Savior Jesus Christ was an inspiration! It is a blessing to know that he is now in his heavenly home. God bless you all!

  4. Timothy Allen-Landt Holt

    My deepest sympathies and condolences out to the family. I have many memories of Dave throughout the years.

  5. Roxanne Harris

    So sorry for your loss. Remember Dave well from French Creek Lutheran days.
    Peace and comfort to all.

  6. Doris Deutsch

    I worked with David for 11 years. There never was a time when he didn’t have a kind word and a smile. My sympathy to Bev and family. God bless you all.

  7. Joan Stellrecht

    Dave’s faith was evident to all, his gentleness an obvious characteristic. His life was a personal inspiration. Now he is truly “Home”!


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