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David Alan Perschau, 64, of Glencoe

David Alan Perschau, 64, of Glencoe, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, following a one-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Memorial services were held Saturday, March 7, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Scott Grorud officiating. Ronda Eckhart was the organist. Congregational hymns were “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Beautiful Savior” and “America the Beautiful.”
Military honors were by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad and the Minnesota State Patrol Honor Guard provided an honor guard. A private family interment will take place at a later date at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.
Dave Perschau was born March 2, 1951, in Glencoe, the son of Vernon and Marguerite (Lewin) Perschau. He was baptized at Church of Peace in Glencoe on May 6, 1951, and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe on Oct. 30, 1966. He was a 1969 graduate of Glencoe High School and a 1976 graduate of the Minnesota State Patrol Training School.
He was united in marriage to Lou Ann (Klitzke) Kottke on March 4, 2006, at Faith Lutheran Church and they filled their lives with love and lots of fun and happy memories in their nine years of marriage. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, and he lived in Glencoe his entire life.
Mr. Perschau began his work career at the age of 13 when he drove his bicycle to a local farmer’s home and asked if he needed some help with field work, and this began his love of farming. After high school, he worked seven years as a heavy equipment operator. He held employment with the Minnesota State Patrol as a trooper and a lieutenant for 30 years, and retired in 2006. He also worked part time for many years with Hueser Farms in Glencoe and McKimm Milk Transit in Hutchinson. He served in the Minnesota Army National Guard in Hutchinson and Little Falls (Camp Ripley) and retired after 24 years.
He was very proud of his years of service with the State Patrol and National Guard, and had many happy and fun memories from those years. He loved his “toys,” whether it was a vehicle, motorcycle or plane. He had enjoyed restoring a Stearman airplane and flying it on nice, calm days. He looked forward to taking out one of his Harleys for a nice, long ride on a beautiful day, and he and Lou Ann made many enjoyable road trips in the Camaro or the Jeep. Above all, he was really at home, at peace, when he was sitting in the cab of a tractor in the spring and fall, or when he was driving a semi on his favorite run to Milbank or Aberdeen, S.D.
More than anything, spending time with his family and friends meant everything to him. The visits with his brother and his stepson and daughter-in-law were very special to him and something he always looked forward to. He and Lou Ann enjoyed the Black Hills and spending time at the beach in Cocoa Beach, Fla. The laughter, conversations and advice he shared with all of us will always remain in our hearts and memories.
He is survived by his wife, Lou Ann, of Glencoe; brother, Daniel Perschau (special friend Vicki Pautz) of Glencoe; stepson, Brian (Jasmine) Kottke of Mankato; sisters-in-law, Hollie Vogt (fiancé Steve Brown) of Glencoe and Naomi (Donald) Mears of woodbury; many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Marguerite Perschau.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.