David Allen Ferrel, 74, of Kalispell, MT passed away peacefully at his home with his wife, Marlene(Gregerson), by his side.
David entered the Navy (1963-1966) and completed a tour during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion in Baker, MT and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Post 7885, Ekalaka, MT. He went on to obtain his Journeyman Apprenticeship as a plater and machinist. Dave had an abundance of skills and could fix just about everything. His kids would often call and get his advice on how to fix something. He was very meticulous about his tasks and always liked to do things the right way.
Dave met Marlene at the American Legion in Baker and they wed six weeks later. They would’ve celebrated 50 years of marriage this September. Dave had a passion for history and enjoyed visiting battlefields, museums, ghost towns and various other historical sites. He also had the pleasure of traveling to numerous places including Hawaii, Alaska and cruising the Panama Canal while visiting a number of countries in Central America and Colombia. He was an extremely generous man and was exceptionally kind hearted. He had a very sincere appreciation for all of the Lord’s creations and loved to take in the beauty of nature. He was a deeply spiritual man and shared that in his devotion and love to his family.
Those left to mourn his passing are his wife, Marlene, his children, Brigitte (Gerry) Schultz of Kalispell, Grant (Kim) Ferrel of Black Hawk, SD and Stephanie (Brandon) Herbst of Queen Creek, AZ. Grandchildren, Andrew, Anna and Thomas Schultz, Joshua Herbst, & Eli Ferrel. Siblings Cheri (Bruce) Ziebart of Deadwood, SD, Kim Ferrel-Keehn of Deadwood, SD, Darla (Jon) Sherman of Goodyear, AZ and Shane McDonnell of Red Lodge, MT. Step sisters Sharon Zwinger, Judy Schmidt and Lin Nicholson, and numerous nieces & nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Irene (Rost), his father, Tom Ferrel, an infant brother, Larry Ferrel and sister, Myrna Obert.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, a limited graveside service will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in David’s name would be appreciated to the Black Hills Chapter of the American Legion Riders, Spearfish, SD 57783 or the American Legion Post #35, Baker, MT 59313
Arrangements are under the care of the Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Isburg Crematory of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com.