Dave Keiser

  • Born: February 5, 1952
  • Died: May 24, 2014
  • Location: Gregory, South Dakota

Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home

Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home
101 Gerkin
Gregory, SD 57533

Tel. (605) 835-9111

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Dave by adding your memories and photos.

David Lee Keiser was born on February 5, 1952 to Dale and Ruby Keiser. He grew up on the family farm just north of Dallas with his siblings Barb, Sally, and Steve. As a youngster, he discovered his love for the outdoors—ranging from farming, caring for cattle, fishing, but most of all, hunting.

He married Trish (Von Seggern) Keiser on November 6, 1971 and raised two children, Nichole and Christopher. Dave spent countless hours coaching baseball and softball to Nikki, Chris, and their friends, building a sand volleyball pit to keep kids entertained and from getting into too many shenanigans, and tickled and teased everybody (Wet Willy, anyone?). Nikki and Chris share their Dad's love of hunting, shooting pistols, and being outdoors.

Dave ran a successful hunting business, Double K Guide Service, where he and countless hunters played pranks and woke every morning in pursuit of the perfect kill. As an avid countryman, Dave could always be found planting, combining, and taking care of his cattle, but more than anything he loved spending time with his grandchildren, teaching them how to drive, shoot, and farm.

Dave's close friends always looked to him for a good laugh, a great story, and an even better "shot". His quirky chuckle, easy charisma, and unending generosity touched the lives of all of those that he encountered.

While we mourn the loss of this fearless father, grandfather, friend and mentor, we more importantly celebrate the fact that he lived life to the fullest, regretted nothing, and loved with his whole heart. He will be greatly missed, but will always be remembered by his robust laughter, in the ring of gunshots, and by his storytelling.

Left to cherish Dave's memory are Trish, daughter Nikki (Jeff), son Chris (Amy), his six grandchildren (Mariah, Kelsey, Zach, Cassidy, Colt, and Landon), his father Dale, and sisters Barb (Mike), and Sally.

Preceding Dave in death were his mother Ruby, brother Steve, brother-in-law Steve Wooden.

And as Dave would say, "SHOOT TO KILL!"

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Funeral services for Dave Keiser were held Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Gregory Ball Field with Pastor Royal Archer officiating. A visitation was held Tuesday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory, SD.

Recorded music was "Small Town" by John Mellencamp and "See You Again" by Carrie Underwood.

Eulogies were given by Harvey Wollman, Jason Beehler, and Keith Beam.

Blaine and Carol McCance, Shannon Alcorn, and Rachelle Bloom were in charge of registration.

Casket Bearers were Glenn Atteberry, Tanner Feyereisen, Jake Stukel, Myles McIntyre, Monte Samuelson, Phil Blott, Joe McDougal, Earl Hacking, Myron Johnson, and Carson Kellog.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Dave's hunting buddies, milk haulers, and players he coached and mentored.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to learn of Dave's passing. He probably would not remember me but I remember him. I have many nice memories of my first South Dakota pheasant hunt and it was with Dave. I wish he and his family peace.

Posted by jeff glosser - barre, VT - past client/phesant hunter   November 19, 2014

He was a one of a kind person. A true individual. A true sportsmen and friend. He will be missed but not forgotten. Hats off to Dave. Sorry for your loss!

Posted by Mike Podawiltz - st cloud, MN - friend and client   June 08, 2014

Dave was a good friend, hunter, and guide always looked forward to going to SD for opening week of deer season with the group from NY he will be missed friends and family. To the Family my prayers are with you.

Posted by Ken Clark - Gasport, NY - friend   June 06, 2014

There are so many memories that I have of Dave throughout my life. So many wet willies during my childhood, and tickling me until I thought I would pee my pants. Even as my sister and I got older, he would harass us as the "Presla-conna-shak-ling" girls. He would wait outside school for us to come out and have some odd job of planting trees, mowing, picking up trash, and painting his house so we could make a little extra cash. He was also a great umpire in softball. It will be hard to to see him around the bowling ally at lunch when I am back home. Praying for everyone, and I am glad to have had Dave in my life.

Posted by Lesley Connot Holmes - NE   June 04, 2014

I met Dave at a few family get togethers with Steve and Sally. I loved to hear about Dave's ADVENTURES..........he always had something to talk about and share. I know this is a tough time for the Family with Sally and Eric losing Steve and now their Brother/Uncle. I love you guys, blessings to you all.


Posted by Robert Searcy - Kingsville, MO - Friend   June 03, 2014

I had only met Dave and the Double K Guide family in 2012. Dave and everyone who knew him sure made me and my friends feel like family. Dave was truly a very special person, his laughter was contagious,his smile never ending, and stories that never seemed to quite, a man of honor,pride, and family values, yes, you had to love the man for who he was. His quote, shoot straight, will always stay with me, for not only in hunting but in life, always, shoot straight. May god be with the family in honoring Dave's life.

Posted by Frank Davenport - Chambersburg, PA - hunting client   June 02, 2014

Dave is one of a kind and will be truly missed. I don't know where to start with the stories of hanging out with him. Great memories.

Posted by Steve Kenerson - Nashville, TN - Friend   June 01, 2014

Dave Keiser was a friend that I first met in 1990. From the start he was one of the most fun people that I ever hunted with. Over the years that friendship grew and we talked often on the phone. Dave's love for his two kids and his grand children really became obvious the past decade or so.
He was a one of a kind guy and friend that I will never forget and will miss deeply.

Posted by dale Fehrenbach - chanhassen, MN - friend   May 31, 2014

Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Your Dad holds a special place in your heart and always will. Know we are here for you.

Posted by Becky Higgins - Kansas City, MO - Colleague   May 29, 2014


Trish and family, so sorry to hear about Dave. Our deepest sympathy. Lots of great memories and always a smile.

Rick and Pam Rogers

Posted by Rick and Pam Rogers - sioux falls, SD - friend   May 29, 2014


Prayers go out to Dave's Family. He'll be deeply missed , my son's Ryan and Randy loved coming out to hunt with Dave. He made them laugh and loved the crazy times running around the prairie's with him.

Posted by Jeff Mueller - Portage, WI - Friend   May 29, 2014







Posted by KEN GISKE    May 29, 2014

Trish and family,

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you,


Posted by Karen Siewert - Kansas City, MO - classmate   May 29, 2014

I can't imagine a world without Dave in it. He made me laugh so many times and always was there to cheer you up. I know heaven has its hands full trying to figure out what prank he will pull next. Thanks for sharing him with me and everyone else. My life is better having known him.

Posted by Brian connot - Sioux Falls, SD - friend   May 29, 2014

We were so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. My family shared memories and good times. I am sorry that none of us could come to the funeral. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days, weeks and months.

Posted by DIANE SHOMION - Brandon, SD   May 28, 2014

So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Lonnie Lawton - North Kansas City, MO - Co-worker   May 28, 2014

I am going to miss you, Uncle Dave. Thoughts and prayers to Aunt Trish, Nikki, and Chris.

Posted by Jason Barrett - Atlanta, GA - uncle   May 28, 2014

Nikki, Jeff, Zach, and Kelsey,

Our thoughts are there with you and all the Keiser family. Surrounded by those that knew Dave will hopefully give you support you in your grief and time to rejoice his life with more memories from all that he touched. You are his living legacy and one that I am sure he was most proud of.

Love Parke and Tim

Posted by Parke Wellman and Tim Gassman - Kansas City, MO - friend of Nikki   May 28, 2014

To the Keiser family, it was truly a blessing to know Dave.

Being a friend of Chris, automatically made me a member of the family. Like so many others that Dave knew, he made you feel like one of his own children or part of the family from the minute you met him. He would do anything for you even if you didn't ask! It was a joy to know him and be accepted as one of his!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Keiser family.

Posted by Casey Goodhue - Carlisle, IA - Friend of family   May 28, 2014


Nikki, Jeff and Family

We are deeply saddened by this news. Nikki, you bring sunshine into every life you touch and seeing this picture of your dad it is clear that he too was a bright light to those he met. May the soul of the departed rest in peace and my light perpetual shine upon him.


Posted by Randy and Diana Phillips - St. Joseph, MO - Friends   May 28, 2014

what a great guy. We thoroughly enjoyed our hunting time with Dave. I will never forget the love and enjoyment he had taken his granddaughter on our hunt.

Posted by SCOTT HEDRICK - wilmington, NC - friend   May 28, 2014

Trish, Nikki & Chris,
How very fortunate I was to be a part of the Double K family! Dave was definitely one special guy! A great entertainer, motivator, friend, hunting advocate all while living life to the fullest. What a great guy who will be forever missed. Peace to you all.

Posted by Carol postulka - Pierre, SD - Friend   May 28, 2014


I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the fold of your friends and family. And may your memories of your Dad help you find peace.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Posted by Beryl Raff - Kansas City, MO - Friend   May 27, 2014

I feel fortunate to have been able to hunt out with Dave and his friends that were there every year, he was a legend, and will be missed by all.

Posted by Mark Henry - New Providence, PA - Hunter   May 27, 2014

To Trish and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. The Gregory area has lost a wonderful member of the community. He, and his smile, will be missed. He certainly touched many lives during his earthly journey. May peace be with each one of you.

Posted by Cheryl Schmidt - Ft. Wayne, IN - friend   May 27, 2014

Dave's obituary summed it up well. Dave's smile, wit, charisma and relentless shoot to kill made him a very special person. Dave was the only guy the could insult and embarrass a customer and make them love it so much they would come back to hunt year after year.
Gregory and the surrounding area will miss this very fine man.
My deepest sympathy to Trish and the family. Sorry I cannot be there for the service.

Posted by Roger Labahn - Gold Canyon, AZ - Friend and Customer   May 27, 2014

Trish, Nikki, Chris and families:
My deepest sympathies to all of you; I'm so sorry for your loss. Dave was just one of a kind! A happy-go-lucky guy that just seemed to enjoy life. He was a good man- a great story teller and could B.S. with the best of them! He certainly made me laugh a time or two that is for sure. Thinking of you all in the days to come as you grieve and mourn. I pray the stories people share of the times with Dave bring you comfort.

Posted by Carrie Cushing (Lindquist) - Pierre, SD   May 27, 2014

Oh Trish, Nikki, & Chris - There is nothing that I can say but I am thinking of you. Life just doesn't seem fair at times does it? Love you all and I just want you to know Nikke & Chris your dads smile lives on in both of you.

Posted by Joan Tuggle - Topeka, KS - Friend   May 27, 2014

I am sorry to hear about Dave. My favorite memory of him was in Gregory Lanes. If you were celebrating a birthday and he was around, there was a pretty good chance that you would get a spanking with the pizza paddle. I was working with Shirley Gingery and it was her birthday. Dave teased her about getting a spanking. She told him to leave her alone. He chased her into the tiny kitchen, picked her up like a sack of potatoes. She is yelling ,"Keiser put me down!" He put her on the counter and teased her about a spanking and then he grabbed her shoulders and gave her a kiss. She was so surprised. I thought he was going to fall over when he got her off the counter from laughter.

Posted by Gail Sinkular - Gregory, SD - friend   May 27, 2014

Thanks for the wonderful times and experiences while hunting with Double K Guide Service - they were some of my fondest memories - I enjoyed your smile, laughter and best of all those fabulous stories.

Since you've made it to Tinkhamtown before me - "Shoot to Kill" but leave a few for me since I'm gonna be there someday too.

God Speed Dave

Posted by Kevin Leibold - New Cumberland, PA - Client - hunting   May 27, 2014

I don't think I ever saw Dave without a smile on his face and making those around him smile. We should be so lucky to live a life filled with such joy and love. He will be dearly missed. You have my deepest sympathy for your loss

Posted by Robert Theim - Friendship, WI - Friend and guest at his hunting   May 27, 2014

In the very best of ways, there was nothing about this man that wasn't contagious. The stories...and the best laugh ever! My heart breaks for Trish, his children, and grandchildren. Know now that if for some reason you start laughing, and don't know why, Dave is probably behind it from somewhere above. Laughing right along side of you :)

Posted by Ryan Chocholousek - Rapid City, SD - Friend   May 27, 2014

Thinking about Chris, Trish and Nikki. I haven't seen Dave in a few years but I always think about the days he coached us in baseball and the fun we had. I remember that laugh of his and it always makes me grin. Everyone that was around Dave had a smile on their faces it seemed. Prayers and best wishes to the Keiser Family.

Posted by Dan Altenburg - Chillicothe, MO - Baseball Coach   May 27, 2014

Our sympathy to the entire Kaiser family. I will always remember Dave's contagious laugh!! Cherish all the wonderful memories.
God's peace~Mitzi & Dennis

Posted by Mitzi Drey - Sioux Falls, SD - Friend   May 27, 2014

I met Dave on a hunting visit with his longtime friend, Keith Beam, who was kind enough to let me know about Dave's passing.

I hunted turkeys with Dave twice and never had so much fun or felt so instantly his friend. He always joked with me and made me laugh and feel comfortable.

I remember him calling once while I was in the blind and asking if he needed to bring more arrows down there. :).

I will surely miss Dave.

Irv Eichorst

Posted by Irv Eichorst - Monticello, WI - friend/hunting client   May 27, 2014

Trish, Chris, and NIkki:
We were shocked to hear abouth Dave, he will be truely missed. We want you to know that you have our thoughts and prayers and our deapest sympahies. If there is anything we can do to help in your mouning please let us know.

Posted by Kelly and Ashely Hosek - sioux falls, SD - friend   May 27, 2014

I have so many good memorys of Dave. he was a great friend that I will miss so much.

Posted by doug klein - princeton, MN - friend   May 27, 2014

Trish and family -
I'm sorry to hear about Dave and my prayers and thoughts are with you. It was a shock to hear about Dave. He was a tremendous athlete who I admired very much. It's hard to know what to say at times like these except my sympathies goes out to you.

Glenn Brown

Posted by Glenn "Duck" Brown - Cameron, MO - High School classmate   May 27, 2014

Our deepest condolences, because of knowing Dave we were able to live in Gregory if only for part time and Jeff was able to live his dream as a hunting guide. Dave was a great hunter, fun guy, and also a caring person that would be the first person to help out someone in need. Our prays are with the family.
He will be missed!!

Posted by Jeff & Janice Quinn - Appleton, NY - Friend   May 27, 2014

Nikki, Trish, Chris and all-
So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories.

Posted by Jon, Amy, Landon, Ian and Noah Schwartz - Jefferson City, MO - Friend   May 27, 2014

On behalf of the Hensley Hunting Group (since 1995) of North Carolina, I offer heartfelt condolences to Dave Keiser's family and friends during your bereavement. Dave's passing is a great loss to so many people that he touched in so many ways. I have nothing but fond memories of hunting and cajoling with Dave, and like countless others, will miss him dearly. Shoot To Kill, brother Dave. Shoot to Kill.
Bruce Hensley
Charlotte, NC

Posted by Bruce Hensley - Charlotte, NC - friend and hunting buddy   May 27, 2014

No one is ever ready to say goodbye to a friend, even more so when it is a friend that occupies so many of your childhood memories.

Nikki and Chris your dad was "one in a million" in so many ways. Thank you for sharing him with me while we were growing up.

I also echo what Candy said and hope there are no game limits in heaven...

Posted by Torrie Ewoldt - Chester, SD - Friend   May 27, 2014

Chris Nikki and family. My deepest condolences for your loss. I have fond memories of your dad as I know do hundreds of others. He touched the lives of so many people. He made me belly laugh every time I spoke with him. He was such a positive and fun person to be around. God bless you and your entire family. He will be missed.

Posted by Greg Fischer - Excelsior, MN - Friend   May 26, 2014

Have many happy memories hunting with Dave over more than 20 years. He will be greatly missed by all.

Posted by Bob Roscoe - Wayzata, MN - Hunter / Friend   May 26, 2014

I am very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. My husband, Jerry Crandall and Dave had wonderful times hunting together. He thought of Dave as such a dear friend. The pheasants in heaven should be very nervous with both of them there now. You all have my condolences.

Candy Crandall

Posted by Candice Crandall - Chanhassen, MN   May 26, 2014

I will miss you my friend, Thank You for 15 years of the best turkey hunting ever! You taught me to turkey hunt and I took what you taught me everywhere I went and it always made me successful, You brought a charm to your camps you made it a hunt and what it was supposed to be after the hunt. My memories are all on my wall and there will never be a time when I will not look at these and smile and say thank you Dave Keiser there will never be a another turkey hunt that when I am in the blind that I will not think of you and if its a tuff hunt say what would Dave do. I have called Gregory South Dakota my second home for 15 years and hope to continue to do so in your honor. I will always remember " Shoot to kill " Yup Yup Yup. You were a true friend who always called me on the way out and asked were are you/ and hurry up and get here and then like a friend called me on the return home just to see how things were going and made sure I made it safely home ! I will miss you my friend but I will carry our memories forever on every turkey hunt I am on. To the Keiser family my deepest sympathy he was a hell of a man that treated me like a brother! I know you will be looking down and smiling Dave and we all look up and say thank you. You will be missed.
Bill Klug Franksville, Wisconsin

Posted by Bill Klug - Franksville, WI - Hunted with Dave for 15 years   May 26, 2014

Dave was a great friend to Bob, these two guys have left this earth to soon. Bob had so many great stories and loved his time with Dave. His last trip to SD was truly special. Thanks for your kindness. Our prayers are with you.
Louann & Bret Rehwaldt

Posted by Louann - gasport, NY - friend   May 26, 2014

Already missing a great friend, and a constant source of great memories. Glad to have known and hunted with him these past 2+ decades.

Posted by Kelly Hitchcock - Sioux falls, SD - Friend   May 26, 2014

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Dave and me and the 4 minute bird