He and a friend moved out East where he worked as a body man for several years. He met his first wife, Sally, and they had four children together: David, Deborah, Ronald and Darlene.
He moved home bringing the kids and worked out of a shop at the farm and helped his dad on the farm. He met Sharon Beard in 1966 and they were married on September 2, 1972. They had one daughter, Tammy.
Dave and Sharon built a home, shop and gas station on the bottom of the farmland along Highway 5. He farmed and worked in his shop until he and Sharon moved into Wadena in 2006. In 2009, Dave moved into Pleasant View Care Home where he lived until his death.
Left to mourn are his wife Sharon; son David (Heather), daughter Deborah (Pierre), son Ron (Sheilah), daughter Darlene (Rick) and daughter Tammy (Jeff); grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren.