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St. Peter's Lutheran Church
Wednesday July 20th, 2022
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Thursday July 21st, 2022
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St. Peter's Lutheran Church
Thursday July 21st, 2022
10:30am - 11:30am

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Dave Baack

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Services for Dave Baack, 83, of Balaton will be at 10:30 am on Thursday July 21, 2022, at St Peter Lutheran Church in Balaton. Visitation will be on Wednesday July 20, at the church, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm with a prayer service at 7:00pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery in Balaton.

Dave Baack was born on June 16, 1939, in Slayton, MN, to Guy and Hazel (Reese) Baack. His early years were spent in Lake Wilson, Slayton and in 1957 he graduated from Mankato High School. In 1960, Dave married Carol Robb and they had five children.

Dave served 22 years in the United States Army. He had three tours in Germany and one year at the 93rd Evacuation Hospital in Long Bien, Vietnam.

While stationed in Alaska he served on the Lutheran Mission Board and helped build a Bible Camp near Wasilla. He started a trophy store in his basement in the late 1970’s. He made wooden cutouts of Alaska. When the business grew he decided to open a storefront and then the business really took off. Alaskan Memories is still operated by family members.

After he moved to Slayton, MN, he began a project of revitalizing the long neglected racetrack. Dave and friends spent many long hours getting it back into working shape. He served as President of the Racing Association and was an original member of the Raceway Hall of Fame.

In 1996 Dave met and married Joan (Mitzner) Bruns.

Dave served on the Slayton City Council and was a lifelong member of the Balaton American Legion. He had many interests including hunting moose and fishing for King Salmon (even though he didn’t like to eat fish). He spent many hours snowmobiling, bowling and playing Pinochle. He enjoyed all sports, even coaching his sons in football. He made several trips to Florida for Twins spring training. He also liked to attend Vikings, Twins and Lynx games in person. He never missed a chance to attend his grandchildren’s sporting events from elementary school through college.

Dave had a passion for history, music, reading and traveling. He especially enjoyed his large collection of model cars and autographed Twins baseballs. After retirement, Dave had a t-shirt shop at their home, which the grandchildren enjoyed helping with. He was also employed by Project Turnabout, Slayton Nursing Home, Schwan’s Call Center, CHS Ingrain at Tracy and Arco, and CHS Energy in Pipestone. At the age of 70, Dave was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and neuropathy.

Dave died on Friday July 15, 2022 at Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall. Survivors include his wife Joan; children Brian (Angela), Dawn, Robin, daughter in-law Cindy, Rebecca (Ted), Pam (Danny), and Kim (John); grandchildren Samantha, Michael, Jesse, Joshua, Garrett, Jacob, Sarah, Emma, Katherine, Sean, Alyssa, Brianna, Riley, Kaylee, Braelynn, Kara, Kelsey and Kristina; 6 great-grandchildren; sister Leann (Gerald) Giesen. Dave was preceded in death by his son William and sister Cleo Tesch.

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Dear Joan and family,
So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He was such a kind gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor, he made your eyes sparkle Joan.
Tom has wonderful memories of Dave during the Slayton days and what an impact Dave had on that community.
Sending Hugs and Prayers to you all during this difficult time,
God's Peace to you all,
Joyce and Tom Nordin

Joyce Nordin Jul 19 2022 7:23 PM

Joan and family. My deepest sympathies to you all. Dave was the kindest, thoughtful and most giving guy any community could ask for. He also knew how to throw a good 4th of July party.

Nick Noble Jul 18 2022 11:09 PM

Joan and family, so sorry for your loss. Dave was a impact for good wherever he resided. I am glad we had a chance to met and interact with Dave in this journey of life.
You have our prayers and sympathy.
Jon and Niter Knochenmus

Jon Knochenmus Jul 18 2022 8:26 PM

Our prayers for your family 🙏🏻 Mike & Linda Ball

Linda Ball Jul 18 2022 1:42 PM

Our deepest sympathy to you Joan, your family and Dave's family.
We know you lost a wonderful man.
Hugs and Prayers.
Sam & Jan Griffith

Janet Griffith Jul 18 2022 10:45 AM

Dave was the kindest man. His imprint on this world will be felt for generations. His love for family and country and his faith in God was evident in each decision that he made. It is an honor to have called him my friend. I have been blessed by his grace,acceptance, and love.

Sara J Larson Jul 18 2022 3:36 AM