David Leander Walz
, 75, of Gilbert, Arizona passed away July 9, 2019 at home. He was born to parents Ervin and Lorretta on March 18th, 1944 in Fosston, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Joyce and they were happily married for 54 years. David is also survived by his three children, Becky Moeller (Bill) of Sioux Falls, SD, Dennis (Toni) of Sandy, Oregon and Tim (Stacey) of Ballston Spa, NY, Six grandchildren: Zach, Charlie, Mischa, Jesse, Riley and Maggie, and one great-grandson, Wyatt. He is also survived by his siblings: Barbara Terway (Lou) of Mahnomen, Minnesota, James (Margaret) of Moses, Lake, Washington, Kathleen McCleary (Lee) of Moorhead,
Minnesota, Katherine Buttner (Herb) of Sandston, VA, Donald (Lori) of Ottertail, Minnesota, Michael (Julie) of Milwawkee, Wisconsin and Brian (Janelle) of Glyndon Minnesota. Many nieces, nephews and cousins are also survived. His loyal dog, T-Bone, will miss him terribly. David was predeceased by his parents, and his sister,Theresa Thompson.
David graduated from Crookston Tech High School and enlisted in the Air Force. After his years in the Air Force, David settled in Mahnomen, Minnesota and operated a dairy farm for many years. After, he owned and operated Our Own Hardware. The Walz family moved to Hawarden, Iowa, where they owned a Montgomery Wards Store, and, later, he worked at Hawarden Machine. For his remaining years, he used his mechanical abilities, working at many manufacturing, roofing and sheet metal businesses. His jobs brought him to Fargo, ND, Sioux Falls, SD and Ridgefield, Washington. After retiring, he spent winters in Florence, Arizona, while traveling with his wife, Joyce.
David enjoyed playing cards, four-wheeling and being social and made friends wherever he went. He loved telling stories and had a contagious laugh with his sparkling blue eyes. He was best known for his jokes and teasing, and his kindness for helping others. If you
needed help with any kind of home improvement, David would volunteer and help. His family all has evidence of his work: garages, trailers, sheds, mudrooms, shelves, outhouses and woodworking. His love for his family and friends was evident, and he loved to show this through time spent helping them. He enjoyed being busy, and always had projects to work on. After he retired, David and Joyce enjoyed traveling in their RV, which took them all around the country. They soon discovered Florence, Arizona and David enjoyed his time in their over 55
community, where in a short time, he made close friends with many of his neighbors. The family is planning memorial services in Ridgefield, WA and in Mahnomen, Minnesota. The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this time.