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“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...Read More »
1 of 48 | Posted by: jeff glosser - barre, VT

“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...Read More »
2 of 48 | Posted by: Mike Podawiltz - st cloud, MN

“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...Read More »
3 of 48 | Posted by: Ken Clark - Gasport, NY - friend

“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...Read More »
4 of 48 | Posted by: Lesley Connot Holmes - NE

“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...Read More »
5 of 48 | Posted by: Robert Searcy - Kingsville, MO

“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...Read More »
6 of 48 | Posted by: Frank Davenport - Chambersburg, PA

“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. Steve ”
7 of 48 | Posted by: Steve Kenerson - Nashville, TN

“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...Read More »
8 of 48 | Posted by: dale Fehrenbach - chanhassen, MN

“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. ”
9 of 48 | Posted by: Becky Higgins - Kansas City, MO

“Trish and family, so sorry to hear about Dave. Our deepest sympathy. Lots of great memories and always a smile. Rick and Pam Rogers ”
10 of 48 | Posted by: Rick and Pam Rogers - sioux falls, SD

“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...Read More »
11 of 48 | Posted by: Jeff Mueller - Portage, WI

“TO DAVE'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS, I AM SO SORRY TO READ ABOUT DAVE'S PASSING. I SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AS MY WIFE PASSED AWAY 3 YEARS AGO. ...Read More »
12 of 48 | Posted by: KEN GISKE

“Trish and family, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Karen ”
13 of 48 | Posted by: Karen Siewert - Kansas City, MO

“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...Read More »
14 of 48 | Posted by: Brian connot - Sioux Falls, SD

“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...Read More »
15 of 48 | Posted by: DIANE SHOMION - Brandon, SD

“So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
16 of 48 | Posted by: Lonnie Lawton - North Kansas City, MO

“I am going to miss you, Uncle Dave. Thoughts and prayers to Aunt Trish, Nikki, and Chris. Jason ”
17 of 48 | Posted by: Jason Barrett - Atlanta, GA

“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...Read More »
18 of 48 | Posted by: Parke Wellman and Tim Gassman - MO

“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...Read More »
19 of 48 | Posted by: Casey Goodhue - Carlisle, IA

“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...Read More »
20 of 48 | Posted by: Randy and Diana Phillips - MO

“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...Read More »
21 of 48 | Posted by: SCOTT HEDRICK - wilmington, NC

“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,...Read More »
22 of 48 | Posted by: Carol postulka - Pierre, SD

“Nikki, 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...Read More »
23 of 48 | Posted by: Beryl Raff - Kansas City, MO

“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. ”
24 of 48 | Posted by: Mark Henry - New Providence, PA

“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...Read More »
25 of 48 | Posted by: Cheryl Schmidt - Ft. Wayne, IN

“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...Read More »
26 of 48 | Posted by: Roger Labahn - Gold Canyon, AZ

“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...Read More »
27 of 48 | Posted by: Carrie Cushing (Lindquist) - SD

“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...Read More »
28 of 48 | Posted by: Joan Tuggle - Topeka, KS - Friend

“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...Read More »
29 of 48 | Posted by: Gail Sinkular - Gregory, SD

“Thanks for the wonderful times and experiences while hunting with Double K Guide Service - they were some of my fondest memories - I enjoyed your...Read More »
30 of 48 | Posted by: Kevin Leibold - New Cumberland, PA

“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...Read More »
31 of 48 | Posted by: Robert Theim - Friendship, WI

“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...Read More »
32 of 48 | Posted by: Ryan Chocholousek - Rapid City, SD

“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...Read More »
33 of 48 | Posted by: Dan Altenburg - Chillicothe, MO

“Our sympathy to the entire Kaiser family. I will always remember Dave's contagious laugh!! Cherish all the wonderful memories. God's peace~Mitzi &...Read More »
34 of 48 | Posted by: Mitzi Drey - Sioux Falls, SD

“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...Read More »
35 of 48 | Posted by: Irv Eichorst - Monticello, WI

“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...Read More »
36 of 48 | Posted by: Kelly and Ashely Hosek - SD

Dave and me with the bird we killed 4 minutes after setting up the blind. “I have so many good memorys of Dave. he was a great friend that I will miss so much. ”
37 of 48 | Posted by: doug klein - princeton, MN

“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...Read More »
38 of 48 | Posted by: Glenn "Duck" Brown - Cameron, MO

“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...Read More »
39 of 48 | Posted by: Jeff & Janice Quinn - Appleton, NY

“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...Read More »
40 of 48 | Posted by: Jon, Amy, Landon, Ian and Noah Schwartz - MO

“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...Read More »
41 of 48 | Posted by: Bruce Hensley - Charlotte, NC

“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...Read More »
42 of 48 | Posted by: Torrie Ewoldt - Chester, SD

“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...Read More »
43 of 48 | Posted by: Greg Fischer - Excelsior, MN

“Have many happy memories hunting with Dave over more than 20 years. He will be greatly missed by all. ”
44 of 48 | Posted by: Bob Roscoe - Wayzata, MN

“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...Read More »
45 of 48 | Posted by: Candice Crandall - Chanhassen, MN

“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...Read More »
46 of 48 | Posted by: Bill Klug - Franksville, WI

“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...Read More »
47 of 48 | Posted by: Louann - gasport, NY - friend

“Already missing a great friend, and a constant source of great memories. Glad to have known and hunted with him these past 2+ decades. ”
48 of 48 | Posted by: Kelly Hitchcock - Sioux falls, SD


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.