David E. Lien, 83

David Earl Lien, 83, Brandon, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls, after a three-year battle with Bile Duct cancer.

Visitation with family present will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, at Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church, Brandon. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, also at Spirit of Truth. Burial, with Full Military Honor,s will follow at Brandon Lutheran Cemetery. A live stream link will be provided on Tuesday for the services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Post 131 American Legion, Valley Springs, Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church, Brandon, or a charity of your choosing.

David Earl Lien was born Oct. 7, 1939, in Luverne, Minn., to Thelmer and Gladys (Sundem) Lien. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills, Minn. He was the second son of four boys and raised on a farm east of Beaver Creek, Minn. Dave graduated in 1957 from Beaver Creek High School. He participated in football, basketball, and track, winning a gold medal in the 4x4 relay. 

After graduation, Dave tried several jobs and attended heavy equipment school in Homestead, Fla. He decided John Morrell & Co would offer him the best option, where he worked in several departments and with encouragement, he took the Machine Shop Test and became a mechanic roustabout. From 1962 to 1964, Dave served on active duty in the U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Sill, Okla. He completed classes at Southeast Vo-Tech in electronics and earned the title of electrician at John Morrell & Co.

Dave returned to military service in U.S. Army Reserve as a weekend warrior and served many years as an instructor of Chemical Defense 504 3rd USARF School in Fargo, N.D. Dave was very proud to be in the military and retired as an E8 MSG with 29 years of service. He also was a member of Valley Springs American Legion Post 131. In 2021, he was part of Mission 8 Midwest Honor Flight.

Dave and Bonnie were married on Oct. 4, 1975, and bought their acreage in Brandon. In November 1976, they were blessed with a very special son, Erik.  

The faith Dave had always showed in how he lived his life. As a member of Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church, he was in Men’s Bible Study and served as Property Deacon for four years. He was always ready to serve whenever needed in his parish and in the community.

Dave was a proud member of the Norse Glee Club and served as President; Nordic Hall Board member and served as President; he coached Special Olympics-Brandon Sprinters in basketball, softball, and bowling for 26 years.

Dave always loved fast cars, tractors, the Vikings, the Twins, going to Husets, Knoxville, and 17 years at KC Speedway races, and three years of racing #85, front wheel drive class, with Erik. His favorite cars: ‘55 Chevy Impala and ‘59 Chevy Corvette. He restored Bonnie’s 1969 Mustang, and with Casey’s help, was able to drive it in November. He was a lifelong learner and always reading and taking courses. Our memories to cherish were their trips to Sydney, Australia, Honolulu, Hawaii, Catalina Island, and New Orleans.

Dave will be deeply missed by his wife, Bonnie (Maschino); children, Erik Lien, Brandon, and Lezli (Dan) Klitzke, Sioux Falls; stepchildren, Casey (Melanie) Hurney, Brandon, Pat Hurney, Brandon; Mary (Jim) DeRouchey, Omaha, Neb.; three granddaughters and six grandsons; four great-granddaughters; brothers, Michael (Joan) Lien and Richard Lien; and sister-in-law, Laura Lien, Sioux Falls.

Dave was preceded in death by his daughter, Sonja Lien; parents, Thelmer and Gladys (Sundem) Lien; and stepson, Mark Hurney; brother, Tom Lien; parents-in-law, Wilson and Helen Maschino; sister-in-law, Vickie Lien.

For online condolences, visit heartlandfunerals.com.


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