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David Melser 10/19/2020

David Melser 10/19/2020

David Scott Melser, age 53 of River Falls, WI, died on Monday, October 19, 2020 at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, MN. David was born the son of Frank and Beverly (Brookshaw) Melser. He grew up in River Falls graduating from River Falls High School with the class of 1986. Dave spent most of his life working for Schwing America (1989-2020). He was married to Paula Marie Dusek on September 30, 1995 at the River Falls United Methodist Church. Dave enjoyed camping, hiking at Willow River State Park, hunting, shooting trap, mowing with the Kubota, putzing around in the shed and riding his new Honda Monkey. Dave could always put a smile on your face with his quick wit, stories and one-liners. Dave knew how to fix pretty much anything; what he didn’t know, he researched for hours on end with his trusty iPad, in his recliner under his Green Bay Packer blanket. Dave believed in helping others before himself and was the first to lend a hand to anyone in need. He took great pride in teaching his children to be self-sufficient, put others first and to save for a rainy day. He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Melser; mother, Beverly Melser, and father-in-law, Tom Dusek. Dave is survived by his wife, Paula Melser; children, Michael (Felicity Jensen) Melser and Jessica Melser; siblings, Sandy (Craig Chmielewski) Melser, Tim (Shelly) Melser, Melissa Melser, and Kelley Melser; step-mother, Barb Melser; mother-in-law, Ann (Jim Nordgren) Dusek; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends; all whom he loved dearly. Visitation was held on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 4-8 pm at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course 163 Radio Road River Falls, WI 54022. Interment was on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11 am in Mann Valley Cemetery just south of County Road M on 1160th St. River Falls, WI. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Patty Lentz Posted October 21, 2020 3:36 am

    So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s family, he was such a fun loving guy

  • Deb Timmerman Posted October 21, 2020 4:12 pm


  • Clem Posted October 22, 2020 12:05 am

    David was the best guy I ever worked with. He was also the funniest dude I ever met.He was the life of the party, Most of all, he. Loved his family. I feel so bad for Paula, Mike, and Rachel. God bless ya!

  • Susan Matulka Posted October 22, 2020 2:23 am

    So very sorry, my condolences for you and your family

  • Denise Posted October 22, 2020 3:44 am

    Paula prayers to you and your family!

  • Deb Posted October 22, 2020 1:55 pm

    Hugs, heartfelt thoughts and continued prayers Paula, children and all of your families.

  • Deb Ricci Posted October 22, 2020 7:53 pm

    I think God was sad with all that is going on in the world, so he looked down on earth and took the person to sit by his side that could make him laugh, each and every day ~ that person was Dave. I think of him often and pray for strength for Paula, Mike and Jess. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will treasure the 21 years I got to work with him. He made coming to work fun. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. Hugs.

  • Pauly Debbie Cudd Posted October 24, 2020 2:37 am

    Paula & Family, we are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you love, hugs and prayers for peace during these tough days.

  • Bob and Brenda LaValley Posted October 24, 2020 2:54 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and your family.

  • Ralph Posted October 26, 2020 4:18 pm

    Seldom in life you meet someone that is just an all around nice person, Dave was one of these individuals I don’t think he had a mean bone in his body. I will look back with great joy of having the opportunity to be part of his life for ten years. His one liners and humor made for interesting times at Schwing. The world lost a good soul thoughts and prayers for Paula and family.

  • Jane Terkelsen Posted October 27, 2020 5:32 pm

    Paula and family, so deeply sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers.

  • Bob harwell Posted October 27, 2020 10:46 pm

    Dave was a great man. We always laughed he was a great father husband and friend. This has been a trying year this adds to it. Every time i drive by your home i think of you and your family. Words can never express lising you. God please watch over dave and his family

  • Betty & Mike Skelton Posted October 29, 2020 2:04 pm

    Paula & family, all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Praying Gods love will bring you comfort and peace. May your memories make you smile.

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