Dave Emery

Dave Emery, age 59, of Yankton, South Dakota, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at his home.

A celebration of his life will be at 2:00 PM, on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.  Interment will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the celebration.  All are encouraged to wear their favorite sports team gear in honor of Dave’s love of sports.

David John Emery was born January 22, 1962 in Aurora, Illinois to Donald and Grace (Pook) Emery.  He grew up in Plano, IL where he attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and then Plano High School.  Dave enlisted in the United States Army.  He was a Petroleum Specialist stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina in the 82nd Airborne Division.  On April 10, 1984, Dave married Dawn Novak in Yorkville, IL.  After their marriage, they lived in Aurora for a few years.  Dave worked for a landscaping company and then Design Depot.  They moved to Yankton in the summer of 1986 and Dave worked for Northern Extrusions and then spent 15 years at Kolberg-Pioneer where he became a CNC Programmer.  Dave loved fishing and especially loved paddle fishing.  He also loved bow fishing and bow hunting.  He enjoyed mushroom hunting but hated eating mushrooms.  Dave was a die-hard Chicago sports fan.  He had a very extensive collection of football cards.  Dave also enjoyed watching NASCAR and cheering on his favorite driver, Kevin Harvick. He loved animals, especially his cat, Snowball, his lab-pyrenees, D.J., and his teacup chihuahua, Rosa.

Dave is survived by his wife, Dawn Emery of Yankton; three children: DeAnna Emery (Wilian Estevez Santa Cruz) of Yankton, Derek Emery of Yankton, and Dustin Emery of Sioux Falls, SD; 10 grandchildren: Catalina, Adriana, Izabela, Karmen Baya, Anicia, Dominik, Dominique, Jacie, Khloe and Luca; mother, Grace Pook of Margate, Kent, England; two brothers, Steve (April) Emery of Indiana and Dean (Melissa) Emery of Bartonville, IL; sister, Debbie (Mike) Bartholomew of Florida; one niece; and several nephews.

Dave was preceded in death by his father, Donald; step-mother, Pat Emery; two granddaughters, Estevez-Emery twins; and one grandson.





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6 response to "Dave Emery"

  1. By: Stacy Nebel Posted: December 28, 2021

    I’m so very sorry about Dave. I will see you on the 8th. If you need anything even to just talk give me a call. Love you guys

  2. By: Joy Vanorny Posted: December 30, 2021

    Dawn and family, I am so sorry to hear about your husband and father. You have my deepest sympathy. Take care of yourselves.

  3. By: Christy Hodson Posted: December 30, 2021

    Dawn and family,
    We are very sorry to hear this news about Dave’s passing. May God bless you with His peace and may you be blessed with good memories of your husband and father.
    Love, Jeff and Christy

  4. By: Diane Cabalka Nicholson Posted: December 30, 2021

    Dawn and family, my Mom (Janene Cabalka) and I send our deepest sympathies in the loss of Dave. Many prayers and hugs are with you. Know we are thinking of you during this time.

  5. By: Tracy Sines Posted: January 6, 2022

    Dear Dawn and family, so shocked and sad to hear about David. He will forever be remembered and loved. Prayers for comfort and healing.

  6. By: John & Dauna Ogden Posted: January 8, 2022

    We are sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. He was a very good person.

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