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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 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 was 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 was also on Monday, May 23, 2022 from 1-2 pm with the Rosary at 1 pm.  A light luncheon followed the service.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of David’s service



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

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

    • Kathy Sletten Posted May 17, 2022 6:26 pm

      Thank you, Karen.

      • Becca Wilson Posted May 21, 2022 8:25 am

        Kathy, Matthew and Elizabeth- our hearts are broken for you. Dave was such a genuine, caring, funny man. We are so deeply sorry for the loss him. We pray you find strength in all of those who love you! Doug and Becca

        • Kathy Sletten Posted May 25, 2022 9:29 pm

          Thank you for your thoughts and prayers and for attending his service. He is really missed.

  • 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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Kathy Posted May 17, 2022 6:27 pm

      Thank you, Ginny.

  • 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.

    • Kathy Posted May 17, 2022 6:29 pm

      Thank you for your kind words and for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.

  • 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!

    • Kathy Posted May 17, 2022 6:30 pm

      Thank you, Mike and Lynn for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.

  • 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

    • Kathy Posted May 17, 2022 6:31 pm

      Thank you, Stacie. for your kind words.

  • Karianne Sletten Posted May 17, 2022 6:06 pm

    Kathy, We are thinking of and praying for you & your family as you grieve the death of your beloved Dave. Sincerely, Craig & Karianne Sletten

    • Kathy Posted May 17, 2022 6:32 pm

      Thank you, Karianne for your thoughts and prayers.

  • Shirley Lewis Posted May 18, 2022 8:59 pm

    Kathy, Matthew and Elizabeth, Oh Kathy, there really are no words for how sorry I am to hear of Dave’s passing, my heart is so sad for you. My prayers are for peace and comfort for you and your family. Shirley Lewis

    • Kathy Sletten Posted May 20, 2022 7:13 pm

      Thank you.

  • Paul and Marilyn Martin Posted May 19, 2022 8:12 pm

    Lifetime friends don’t come around too often but we are so happy that we could call you forever friends. We spent many good hours together and Dave will be sorely missed.

    • Kathy Sletten Posted May 25, 2022 9:21 pm

      Thank you. We did spend many good hours together and I do miss him so.

  • Lisa Seversin Posted May 21, 2022 12:24 pm

    We are so very sad to hear about Dave, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We remember our times together and cherished our friendships with Dave, Kathy. and our kids.

    • Kathy Sletten Posted May 25, 2022 9:23 pm

      Thank you Lisa and Mike. I especially remember our time spent in Houston. I really mss him

  • Cheryl Hermann Posted May 22, 2022 7:39 pm

    Kathy, Matt and Elizabeth
    Bruce and I were so saddened by the news of Dave’s passing. He was an amazing man that left so many with wonderful memories, We feel blessed to have known him. He will dearly be missed. Thoughts and prayers to all of you🙏🏼💕

    • Kathy Sletten Posted May 25, 2022 9:27 pm

      Thank you Cheryl. We did have some great times together. Boy do I miss him.

  • Bradley Whitford Posted May 23, 2022 1:39 pm

    Kathy, Matt and Elizabeth,
    Sending you love and my deepest condolences. I went to East with Dave so long ago, but I will never forget his humor and his kindness. May his memory be a blessing to all of you.

    • Kathy Sletten Posted May 25, 2022 9:33 pm

      Thank you Bradley. Dave has spoken about you over the years. He truly did have a great sense of humor and was a kind, sweet man. He is dearly missed. Kathy

  • Kathy Sletten Posted May 25, 2022 9:25 pm

    Thank you Lisa and Mike. I especially remember our time spent in Houston. I really mss him.

  • Kris Bauer Posted May 28, 2022 6:14 pm

    Kathy, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Sending love to you and your kids. You were blessed with a wonderful man!

    • Kathy Sletten Posted May 30, 2022 10:25 am

      Thanks, Tis. I truly was blessed with a wonderful man

  • Michelle Fitzpatrick Posted July 6, 2022 11:08 am

    Kathy, I’m so sorry to hear about Dave. When you feel up to it, please call.

    • Carmen Posted May 22, 2023 6:38 pm

      Michelle – call me…307-751-7610

  • Kenton Spading Posted July 28, 2022 10:03 pm

    Dave: Thank you for cooking meals for me when I visited. I am grateful for the New Years eve gathering we enjoyed with Kathy. Thank you for designing the landscape for the Kasson, MN 1895 water tower God’s Speed to you.

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