David Lawrence Geselle - Byron

David Gessele

David Lawrence Geselle, 80, of Byron, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, after a courageous battle with leukemia.

David was born April 17, 1931, in rural Stewartville. At an early age his family moved to a farm north of Rochester, now known as Elton Hills. He graduated from Rochester High School.

On Dec. 10, 1960, David married Donna Kappers. They made their home on the family farm until moving to their present farm northeast of Byron.

David always loved being outdoors, whether it was farming, planting trees, gardening or just driving his tractors. David was a lifelong member of Rochester Assembly of God Church, of which his family was founding members in 1929. He served as Deacon, Royal Ranger leader and usher for many years. He loved to support missions and participated in several mission trips, supporting organizations such as Teen Challenge and Tree Top Kids. His desire in life was to reach souls for Christ. He attended many bible studies throughout his life. His latest was a men’s bible study on Tuesday mornings. Over the years, his daily devotionals achieved having read the entire bible more than 30 times.

David loved sports, boating, water skiing, softball, football and golf — golf making him a four-time hole-in-one trophy achiever. David and his wife, Donna, spent the last 17 years wintering in Mesa, Ariz., where he loved to golf. Being a successful career farmer, upon retirement he would plant sweet corn and an ample vegetable garden that he loved to share.


Survivors include his wife, Donna; one son, Mark (Kathy) of Glenwood, Minn.; two daughters, Stephanie Cors (Josep) of Rochester, and Amy Modica (Domenic) of Fruita, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, Alex, Abby, Arren and Andrew Geselle, Nicole, Natalie and Noelle Cors, and Domenic, Conner and Geselle Modica; one sister, Rachel Tinsley of El Cajon, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at Rochester Assembly of God at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to service.

Memorials may be sent to Lake Geneva Christian Center at 605 Birch Ave., Alexandria, MN 56308; or Rochester Assembly of God Church – Missions at 4240 18th Ave. N.W., Rochester, MN 55901.

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