David Newkirk of Maple Lake died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at St. Cloud Hospital. He was 76.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Faith Lutheran Church in rural Monticello with Pastor Paul Nichol officiating. Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery near the church. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Monday at the church.
David A. Newkik was born April 7, 1943, to J.D. and Mercedes (Fettes) Newkirk in Sibley, Iowa. He graduated from Sibley High School in 1961, and he attended Minnesota State University in Mankato where he received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education. He taught social studies in RedWing and in Kimball before going on to earn his masters of education degree at St. Cloud State University in 1971.
He was united in marriage with Lorraine Olson at Glendorado Lutheran Church in rural Princeton, and they had one daughter. They lived in Elk River and later Monticello and Maple Lake.
David took a five-year leave of absence from teaching to care for their daughter. He founded the Red Wing Collectors Society for which he wrote the organization’s newsletter, and he wrote three books on Red Wing Pottery. He went on to teach at the Alternative Learning Center in Buffalo for 21 years. He retired from teaching in 2008 and started a business making spoon rings which he sold around the world.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in rural Monticello, the Wright County Historical Society, Education Minnesota, and he loved raising sheep and helping the kids with their 4-H sheep projects.
David was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Mayreen and Melinda.
He is survived by Lorraine, his wife of 48 years, of Maple Lake; daughter Emilie Lynn and son-in-law James Greb of Minneapolis; sisters Mary Sue Leistico of Peyton, Colo., Meredith (and Bruce) Daggett of Mineral Point, Wis., Monica (and Marven) Stofferan of Ashton, Iowa, and Margie (and George) Braaksma of Sibley, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Arrangements were by Daniel Funeral Home.