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Funeral services will take place on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

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In memory of

David "Dave" Hahn

of Wall, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital at the age of 78

David L. Hahn was born November 15, 1939 in Wheaton, Minnesota. He attended Rosholt High School and went on to South Dakota State University where he earned a bachelor and master’s degree and learned to fly. Dave started his professional career teaching music before going on to become the principal in Gregory and the superintendent in Wall.

Dave taught numerous individuals to play music, sing in the choir, waterski, and obtain their pilots license over the years. Dave was a wonderful asset to the town of Wall. Over the years he owned the hardware store and a gas station, was a member of the ambulance crew and was the mayor of Wall for thirty years.

Dave’s wishes were to donate his body to the Sanford USD Medical School, where he will continue his legacy of teaching and giving people the opportunity to further their knowledge.

Survivors include his wife Carol of Wall; three step-children Mitch Richter and his wife Julie, Shannon Schaefers, and Londa Richter, all of Rapid City; seven step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandson; his brother Dale Hahn and his wife Kathy of Minneapolis; one sister Arleen Bietz and her husband Dwight of Scotland; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life to honor Dave Hahn will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Wall on Sunday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. as part of the regular morning worship service. A potluck will follow the service in the church’s basement.

A Scholarship Fund will be established in Dave’s name.

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

Pastor Russell Masartis

  • My heart goes out to his family Dave had a unique way about him that was honest and fair and treated everybody with respect just a good guy may he rest in peace and God has another angel you will be missed. ~ Patty Hauk Hot Springs, SD (8/8/2018)
  • I knew Dave, owner of the Gambles Store when My children and I lived in Wall in the mid-70's. He was a very caring man!! Rest In Peace. ~ Dorothy Stuchlik Wiederhold Ridgecrest, CA (8/8/2018)
  • Our deepest sympathy and God's blessings to Dave's family as you mourn Dave's passing. He was a very talented, caring man. We will surely miss him at our RHS Class of 1958 60th Reunion next month which he had organized and reserved the location. Rest in Peace Dave! ~ Harvey and Joyce Dahl Annadale, MN (8/8/2018)
  • Carol and family, My Deepest Sympathy. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord Be With You now and always. I will always remember when Dave use to tease me about pulling my teeth as a kid at Gambles. He was an Amazing man! ~ Fawna (Geigle) Goff Sturgis, SD (8/8/2018)
  • Dave will be missed by all who knew him. A wonderful caring man and always a wave or a hello and how are you. ~ Gary Amos and Family Wall, SD (8/8/2018)
  • Carol and Family, Dave was an amazing person that always made us feel special each time we met. His dedication to the community of Wall will live on in all the inspiration he brought to committees and events he tirelessly served. Well done good and faithful servant! ~ Kevin and Jody Bielmaier Wall, SD (8/8/2018)
  • We are ever so sad to say goodbye to one of the best. Friends like Dave are hard to find. It was our pleasure to spend countless hours discussing politics, city government, and a host of topics too
    numerous to mention. Paul will miss his expert advice on any
    problem he tackled. There will never be another like him! We already feel a void that will never be replaced. Thanks for the memories.
    ~ Judy and Paul Goldhammer Wall (8/8/2018)
  • To Carol and family, Dave was such a great guy. Always smiling and always had a friendly hello to everyone he met. Tucker and I saw him under the tent over celebration and he is always such a joy to be around. May he rest in peace. He will be missed but God has gained an incredible angel. ~ Tucker and Jess Smith Quinn, SD (8/8/2018)
  • Mayor Dave was one of the first people we met when moving to Wall, couldn't ask for a better advocate for your Town than Dave Hahn. I so appreciated working for him and with him. He will be missed and God Bless. ~ Blaine and Paullyn Carey Huron, SD (8/8/2018)
  • My sympathy and prayers for Carol and family. Dave was my flight instructor and became a good friend. He was a very generous man who cared for so many people, friend or stranger. I'm grateful for all the memories I have with him over the years and how he impacted my life, as he did with so many others. ~ Josh Lewis Sioux Falls, SD (8/8/2018)
  • He was a very good person and I always enjoyed visiting with him whenever I seen him. He was a very good Mayor of Wall. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for Dave's family. ~ Kevin Eisenbraun Rapid City, SD (8/8/2018)

  • Our sincere sympathy to Carol and family. I was in Dave's first flight class that he taught in Wall. He also taught me how to fly. He was one in a million and I have such fond memories of the flight school and flying. God has truly gained a special angel.
    ~ Marlene (Geigle) Myers Winner, SD (8/8/2018)
  • We both have cherished memories of Dave and the Gambles store. He sold Clint his first gun! His smile, wave and hi how are you, will be missed greatly in our small town. He was such an advocator of Wall and the Airport. May you all find peace and comfort in the stories and memories of Dave. ~ Clint and Wendy Allison Wall (8/8/2018)
  • Dave is my cousin, I will miss seeing him every year at the Thrashing Be in Rosholt, every year. ~ Sylvia and Gordie Neson Fergus Falls, MN (8/8/2018)
  • Dear Carol and family, I had the good fortune to be in Toastmasters with Dave, Ted Hustead, and several other prominent area residents in the early 1980's. I was struck by Dave's commitment to service, both for his community and his fellow man. He always was trying to learn new things, impart his knowledge of his areas of expertise and wisdom, and doing it all with a sense of humor and genuine love of life. Since that time, whenever I have seen him, he has always had time for a quick chat and catch up. I am sorry for your loss, but also for the loss of a man who I counted as a friend. May your memories of Dave help you in this time of loss. Sincerely, Gene S. Williams ~ Gene Williams Interior, SD (8/8/2018)
  • You were a man among men. I have forever cherished our flights
    together. Thank you seems like two small words, but Thank You. "Oh! You have slipped the surly bonds of earth...Put out your hand, and touched the face of God ."
    ~ Jonny Winn Wall, SD (8/8/2018)
  • Our deepest sympathies to Dave's family. He was always a friendly man and helped everyone. Those who have given of themselves to others, will live forever in each heart they have touched. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. ~ Gene and Esther Johannesen Wall, SD (8/8/2018)

  • David's death leaves a big hole in the hearts of everyone whose lives He touched. He was a very special person dedicated to his Lord, his Family and his careers in Teaching, Flying, and Community Service.
    ~ Jerry and Mary Hahn Mesa, AZ and St. Paul, MN (8/8/2018)
  • Carol and family: Sorry to hear about Dave. You and your family are our thoughts and prayers. He will be greatly missed. ~ Andrew Eisenbraun Rapid City, SD (8/8/2018)