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David Larry BierleCLERGY
Rev. Jonathan Vehar
Rev. Leon Schulz
Organist ~ Dorothy Bietz
Special Music by the Zion Lutheran Men's Choir
“God Shall Wipe Away All Tears”
“I Know That My Redeemer Lives”
“How Great Thou Art”
David Larry Bierle was born on Sunday, August 7, 1955 at Yankton, South Dakota to Larry and Marilynn (Orth) Bierle. He was baptized on October 2, 1955 and confirmed on November 15, 1970, both at Zion Lutheran Church in Scotland. Dave was the eldest of five children raised on the family farm southeast of Scotland and his boyhood was spent playing on the farm with his brother and sisters and his favorite dog, Tippy. He attended Plugraph Country School through the 8th grade, and graduated from Scotland High School in 1973. During high school, Dave competed in track, cross-country, football, basketball and baseball. He attended USD at Springfield and later began farming, taking over his grandfather’s farm near Scotland. His love of sports continued throughout his life as he coached the Scotland baseball team for several years and later enjoyed following all of his niece’s and nephew’s sporting events. He kept a large garden on his farm and many of his family and friends enjoyed the sweet corn that he shared with them every summer. He was known as a good cook and enjoyed canning his own produce. Dave also enjoyed playing on a pool league and helping each year with the Scotland Rodeo. He will be remembered lovingly by his friends and family for his generosity and big heart. Dave died on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in an accident near Scotland at the age of 54 years, 6 months, 18 days.
Dave will be remembered forever by his mother, Marilynn Bierle of Scotland; three sisters: Diane Ellefson of Tea, Nancy (Steve) Sternhagen of Scotland, and Dawn (Brian) Vaith of Scotland; a brother, Dennis (JoAnn) Bierle of Omaha, Nebraska; seventeen nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
In addition to his grandparents, Dave was preceded in death by his father, Larry Bierle, in 1996, and a nephew, Nick Vaith, in 1992.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to the Scotland Track Fund.
Bierle Family Sorry to hear the loss of your son and brother. Enjoyed our baseball playing days. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Jim
Jim, Sophie and Micahel Drotzmann Mar 9 2010 6:49 AM
I met Dave in the summer of my Junior year in college and lived with him on the farm. Purely a city boy living in Scotland was a big change especially for a California boy. Dave taught me a lot about the farm along with his father Larry and to this day I have the ultimate respect for what farmers do. I had the pleasure of playing baseball with Dave in Scotland and then several times in Men's Senior Baseball tournaments in Phoenix, AZ. I will always remember Dave and his family and how they welcomed me into their house. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bierle family during this difficult time. Dave will now be playing on a mew team up above.
Marv Baisden Feb 28 2010 8:08 PM
My prayers and thoughts for Dave's family. Will always have the chrished memories from highschool days.
Cindy (Cap) Jaeger Feb 28 2010 4:17 PM
Dawn, Brian and family ~ We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother ... we're thinking about you at this sad time. Know that you're all in our thoughts and prayers ~ hang in there and be strong! Friends, Brad, Jodi (Keegan) and Nathan List
Brad, Jodi and Nathan List Feb 28 2010 4:08 PM
I extend my deepest sympathy to the Bierle family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Roberta Stoebner Feb 27 2010 12:06 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the Bierle family. Played a lot of baseball and basketball against Dave. Quite competitive but also a good guy. It was always an interesting battle. May God rest his soul.
Joe LaBarge Feb 27 2010 10:27 AM
sorry to hear of everyones loss. many good memories from playing baseball for scotland, road tripping to scotland. my loss was not seeing him for the last 20 years. wish i could be there to share memories and photos.
craig pfitzer Feb 27 2010 6:07 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with Dave's family and many friends. The last time I seen Dave was in 2003 at our 30th class reunion. He was the same Dave- laughing, joking, and just plain good natured guy. He will be missed Sincerely, Pat
Pat (Baltzer) Bentley Feb 26 2010 7:06 PM
I am extremely sorry to hear of David's death. I went to college with him at Springfield and we had many wonderful times there. I regret not being there for the funeral. Our prayers will be with his family.
Dale A Stoner Feb 26 2010 6:00 PM
Dawn&Brian,Marilynn and all of David's family God Bless all of you at this time of your loss of a family member. Although we are not with you in person you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Leon&Linda
Leon and Linda Steffen Feb 26 2010 5:11 PM