David Melvin Windschitl - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

April 8, 1958 - June 13, 2020

Age 62 of Richfield. Passed away on June 13th from a brain injury sustained from a fall off of a ladder. David was born on April 8th, 1958 to Leonard and Dolores Windschitl in St. Cloud. He attended St. Mary’s Grade School, graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School, and earned a degree in Building Trades from St. Cloud AVTI. David was a well-rounded man; his interests included crossword puzzles, reading, gardening, couponing, computers, designing and building, artistry, astronomy, climbing things (trees and cell phone towers were his specialties), and doing anything in his power to make people happy, especially Susan and Gretchen. He was such a kind and generous soul who will be deeply missed. David was one of the few people that would say to your face anything he posted on social media. He is survived by his wife, Susan; siblings, Rose (Roger) Haffner, Leonard (Ellen) Windschitl, Sheri Windschitl, Kenneth Windschitl, Barbara (Tom) Ries, Robert Windschitl, and John Windschitl; in-laws, Charles and Mary Mohler; Gretchen’s special friend, Karl Heil; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. David is preceded in death by his daughter, Gretchen; parents, Leonard and Dolores; brother, Mark Windschitl; and in-laws, Curt and Avis Mohler.

Dave’s family will not be present but invites you to pay your respects on Tuesday, June 23rd from 12 PM to 4 PM at Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel, 6527 Portland Ave. S., Richfield. Mass of Christian Burial by invite only, but please attend via Zoom if you are able (link below) at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, June 24. Please dress for comfort if you are attending Mass.

David Windschitl Mass of Christian Burial

Memorials preferred to Lion's Gift of Sight.


  1. Deb says:

    Thank you for all you taught me. Thank you for being a mentor to me. Most of all thank you for being half that made Gretchen. The kids and I love you! It’s your time to rest now though and I know Gretchen was on the other side of the pod bay doors for you. Please hug Gretchen from all of us! Love from Debbie and kids Jimmy, Tristan, and Seraphina.

  2. Dave and Amy Chang says:

    Although I have not known Dave my entire life, he was truly a remarkable man. Dave along with his wife, Susan, were dear to us. Dave would tag along to Susan’s Big Brother (tv show) auditions in which I myself would join Susan and audition. This is where our friendship bonded years ago. They both attended our wedding in Yankton.
    He was a man who spoke his mind. We disagreed a lot politically but it never deterred our friendship.
    Amy and I send our love and aloha to Susan and the rest of Dave’s family. He can now be with Gretchen for all eternity. He IS greatly missed.

  3. Pauline says:

    Dave you will be missed so much. I myself on Facebook, as you would make comments on my post and when you agreed with me I was so happy, and we had a couple of times we disagreed. That is what I loved about you, what we saw in you is what we got with you. I am at peace knowing you are with Gretchen again and know you both will be watching over Susan. ((Hugs)) Susan, keep looking for signs From Dave and Gretchen they are still with us, just that we are not able to touch them. RIP DAVE

  4. gregory werner says:

    I will miss your smile and brains and wittiness. Say hi to my sister as well.

  5. Susan Anderson says:

    Susan I am so sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Susan Anderson

  6. Lesley Hooper says:

    My lovely Susan we are so sorry for your loss.. I only met Dave the once when he insisted on bringing you down to Branson in Missouri in order for us penpals from a young age to finally meet. I have lovely memories of that time and cherish the fact that we were all able to spend time together.
    We will meet up again soon and do something wonderful to honour his memory. He is with your beloved Gretchen now and they will both be looking over you love and cwtches.
    Lesley xxx

  7. Casey Rhode says:

    Dave, your exit from this earthly plane leaves a gaping hole in our every day existence. Although it feels too soon for us, it was the right time for you. Blessed be the reunion with Gretchen and your family who has gone before you. We really will miss you so much here. May your memory bring more comfort than pain to Susan and all those here. You continue to mean so much to so many. Your legacy lives on as you continue your ascension.

    Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

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