Dave grew up on a farm at Smith Hill near Killarney, Man. At 6, he made a personal decision to ask Jesus into his heart. Dave and Emmy started their life together in Winnipeg, and in 1973, moved onto their farm near Boissevain, Man., where they raised their family. Dave enjoyed the challenges and rewards of working the soil. Though farming was busy, Dave’s life centred around his love of family and revelling in God’s creation. Dave loved camping, hunting, fishing, and sitting together around a fire. Summers were filled with family camping and hiking trips and winters with ski trips and vacations. Later in life, he visited remote areas around the world. Dave’s deepest desire was that all his family and friends know Jesus and join him in heaven. He lived his faith, even as heart and lung problems took his breath away.