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David Sletten 05/12/2022

David Paul Sletten, age 63, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, May 12, 2022. He passed away at home in River Falls. David was born January 8, 1959, to Paul and Phyllis (Nesseth) Sletten in Madison, Wisconsin. David graduated Madison East High School in 1977. He attended the University of Wisconsin- Madison and graduated in 1982 with a BA in Landscape Architecture. He was an accomplished designer and created the Cabella’s mountain displays throughout the United States. He was proud to be a Badger and played football as a wide receiver. He met his sweetheart, Kathy Kampa, while they attended UW Madison. He was “the boy upstairs”. Their first date was at the Sezchuan Kitchen. His fortune cookie read, “you and your wife will live happily ever after”. They married October 1, 1983. They began their married life in Houston, Texas, where Dave began his career in Landscape Architecture as a designer and project manager. They eventually moved to Stillwater, Minnesota, and then to River Falls, Wisconsin. They were blessed with two children, Matthew James and Elizabeth Kathryn. David enjoyed coaching his children in hockey and basketball. He loved to attend their games and Elizabeth’s choir performances. David and Kathy loved to travel. Their favorite trip was to Australia and New Zealand. David  loved music, canning pickles, and to cook and bake. One of his greatest joys was meeting his granddaughter, Elin Croix Skoglund, born on 2-22-22. David is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kathy: his son, Matthew (Alice McBride) Sletten and Jayden; daughter, Elizabeth (Michael) Skogland and Elin; mother, Phyllis Sletten; sister, Linda (Dean) Johnson; brother, Michael (Nancy) Sletten; his mother and father-in-law, Victor and Barbara (Hatlestad) Kampa; sister-in-law, Lori (Randy)Williams; brother- in- law, Mark (Karen) Kampa and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Paul Sletten; paternal grandparents, Jim (Helen) Sletten; maternal grandparents, Gerard (Leona) Nesseth.  A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 2 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 805 E Division Street River Falls, WI and streamed live through the link just below this obituary.  Visitation will also be on Monday, May 23, 2022 from 1-2 pm with the Rosary at 1 pm.  A light luncheon will follow the service.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Karen DeLucia Posted May 16, 2022 12:10 pm

    I am so very sad to see this. Thinking of your family.

  • Ginny Botham Posted May 16, 2022 12:48 pm

    Kathy I am so sorry to hear about the death of your dear husband Dave. May Dave Rest In Peace. God bless you and all your family at this difficult time. Love to all❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Jodi and Bill Posted May 16, 2022 1:51 pm

    Kathy, Liz and Matt, we are so very sorry to hear about Dave. He has inspired so many kids, he was such a wonderful coach, friend, creative and kind. We have so many Dave stories from coaching to camping an of course his star role in his performance of “Too Many Daves”. We will be there to support you and keep you in our prayers. Love from the Defiel’s.

  • Mike Pien Posted May 16, 2022 2:49 pm

    Kathy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was such an awesome guy. Know that Lynn and I have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Love to you all!

  • Stacie OLeary Posted May 16, 2022 4:26 pm

    I am devastated to hear about Dave’s death…My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and your extended family…Love to everyone one of you!! Stacie (Nichols) O’Leary

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