David Gellerman

David Gellerman, age 82, of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away on Sunday, October 31, 2021, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, South Dakota.

As David requested, a private family service will be held at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota.  Burial will take place at a later date at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton.  In lieu of flowers and in celebration of Dave’s life, the family asks that you reach out to an educator that made a difference in your life and thank them or a donation may be a made to Pathways Homeless Shelter.

David was born on March 30, 1939, in Otoe, Nebraska, to Elmer and Verena Gellerman.  He grew up on the family farm near Syracuse, Nebraska and graduated from Syracuse High School in 1957.  He graduated from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and majored in Biology and Chemistry.  He participated in many college activities and was recognized as a representative senior.  He graduated with a Masters Degree in School Administration as South Dakota State University as well as extended graduate studies at the University of South Dakota.

He married Marlene Lane in 1963 and had three children.  His first teaching position was in the Hudson, South Dakota school system, where he taught Physics, Biology, Chemistry and coached football and basketball for 16 years.  He held the position of Superintendent of the school for 14 years and then became the Superintendent of the Gregory, South Dakota school system and served there for 16 years.

Dave was a counselor at South Dakota Boys State for ten years and serves as a lay minister of the Hudson Lutheran Church and the Gregory Methodist Church.  He was involved in local, regional and state educational activities as well as many community activities.  He served as a member of the South Dakota Professional Practices Commission under Governor Farrar and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the South Dakota Board of Control of the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

Dave retired in Yankton, South Dakota, where he participated in the Retired Teachers Association, Quarterback Club, Senior Forum, the Elks Lodge and as a substitute teacher at Yankton High School.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf but he especially enjoyed being a teacher and educating children.  He always had a sense of humor and enjoyed socializing with his friends.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene Gellerman of Yankton; three daughters: Lisbeth Gellerman of Yankton; Melissa (Paul) Belfer of St. Louis, Missouri; and Angela (Kenneth) Hausmann of Yankton; four grandchildren:  Matthew Gellerman, Brandon Shortbull, Grayden Belfer and Ella Belfer; brother, Dan (Liz) Gellerman of Omaha, Nebraska; sister, Dixie Adams of Phoenix, Arizona; and many cousins and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Verena Gellerman; brother-in-law, Terry Adams; and nephew, Stuart Gellerman.



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21 response to "David Gellerman"

  1. By: Annette Johnson Posted: November 1, 2021

    Marlene and family,
    Glenn and I send you our deepest sympathy. Keeping you in our hearts and prayers

  2. By: Ralph and Lou Zimbelman Posted: November 1, 2021

    Our deepest sympathy to you Marlene and girls! Dave was a great guy, and will truly be missed

  3. By: Kelly Gassen Posted: November 1, 2021

    Prayers and grace to Dave’s crew. He was a great leader during my HS days and they remain great memories for the ages! ❤️❤️

  4. By: Jane Leibel Posted: November 1, 2021

    So sorry to hear of your loss I always respected Dave for his love of education and showing interest in what was happening during the legislature sessions that affected education. He also always gave me great advice if I had a problem with what was going on or my feelings about certain things I always felt I could talk and to him about it. He was a great leader.

  5. By: Carol Postulka Posted: November 1, 2021

    I enjoyed working for Dave in Gregory for many years. He had a great sense of humor, genuinely cared about the students, staff, and whoever walked through the door of the Gregory school system. He had so many good friends who sought him out in many aspects of his life. Working for him was a great experience for me.
    I am so sorry for your loss. Warms thoughts and hugs surround you at this difficult time.

  6. By: Kathleen Eide Posted: November 1, 2021

    So sorry for you loss. Mr. Gellerman was kind man and a supportive administrator. Savor you memories.

  7. By: Pat Toben Posted: November 1, 2021

    So sorry for your loss, prayers to all.

  8. By: Mark Krogstrand Posted: November 1, 2021

    My deepest condolences to Marlene, Beth, Mitzi, and Angela on Dave’s passing. Saddened to learn of this and offer my prayers of comfort and consolation. It was my privilege to work for Dave as a teacher, and with Dave as an administrator in Gregory. Dave was knowledgeable, kind, patient and fair. RIP Dave. Heaven is aglow with your arrival.

  9. By: Peggy (Gassen) Cassidy Posted: November 2, 2021

    Marlene, Beth, Mitzi and Angie,
    What a great man Heaven has gained! He was a great guy and will be missed by many. Our thoughts, prayers and hugs are with all of you and cherish all the memories. Hugs and Love to you too❤️❤️
    Lov, Steve and Peg Cassidy and sons

  10. By: VERN WITT Posted: November 2, 2021

    Condolences to Dave’s family,my memories go back to when Dave was superintendent at Gregory. He,Jack Broome and I traveled many miles to school administrative functions and various hunting trips. Many good memories. I’m sure he and Jack have meet up again. Vern and Carole Witt Burke SD

  11. By: Gary Boom Posted: November 2, 2021

    Dear Marlene and family,
    My sincerest condolences for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.
    Gary Boom

  12. By: John fathke Posted: November 3, 2021

    Dave it was a pleasure knowing you as a fellow educator and administrator the world is better place because of the Rest In Peace

  13. By: Dona Steffen Posted: November 3, 2021

    Liz, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Lot’s of hugs and prayers to you and your family. I so enjoyed working with you.

  14. By: Mark and Lynn Senftner Posted: November 3, 2021

    We are saddened to read this news, but so very grateful for Dave’s presence in our careers. We truly enjoyed working for Dave while in Gregory. The decisions he made were always “kid first” and he cared deeply about both staff and students. What a wonderful way to be remembered. He always had time to visit and he was a great listener. I admired how passionate he was about what was happening in Pierre with school issues and he kept us informed. Dave was a great mentor for us early in our careers.
    His request to thank an educator is such a wonderful invitation….and a perfect reflection of how much he cared about education. May God continue to keep his family close as you celebrate his life in the coming days.

  15. By: Jeanne Simunek Posted: November 3, 2021

    Marlene, so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. My 4 kids Melonie,Jeff,Greg and Terry all went to school in Hudson. He was a good superintendent. Sending prayers for you and your family.

  16. By: Gary “Dr. Waldo” Bjordal Posted: November 4, 2021

    In 1976, I had just graduated from USD and was given my first job by Dave, who was the Superintendent at Hudson High School at the time.
    This led to a long and rewarding career in education, in several high schools, colleges, and adult education. I have Dave to thank for his role as a leader, mentor and most of all good friend over the years. I’ll miss his caring and concern for his students and those of us who worked for him, and his great sense of humor.
    Much love and prayers to the family. “Waldo”

  17. By: Terry Yates Posted: November 5, 2021

    Dear Marlene, Beth, Mitzi and Angie, sending my heartfelt condolences for the passing of your husband and dad. Marlene so sorry to hear of the passing of David. Praying for God to comfort you and keep you in his care now and always. Love you friend.

  18. By: Elaine Steffen Posted: November 5, 2021

    Marlene and family, I am so sorry for your loss, May the Lord hold you extra close as you treasure memories.

  19. By: Marlene Gellerman Posted: November 6, 2021

    Thank you so much for the kind words

  20. By: Mary (Marts) Jones Posted: November 7, 2021

    Marlene and family,
    I just wanted to let you know you have not been forgotten in Gregory and the surrounding area. What an impact the Gellermans’ had on this community. I recently spent a day at Sister James doing some training and I was so hopeful Marlene would come to visit David while I was there. I’m sorry I missed seeing your beautiful face Marlene, know that I hold fond memories of your time in Gregory as the Nursing Home Director of Nursing. Those of us who worked with the Gellermans’ were blessed by the leadership and friendships that developed. Holding your family in prayer and giving thanks for the lives you’ve touched along the way .

  21. By: The Scurfield Family Posted: November 11, 2021

    What a lovely and fitting tribute! So many pictures captured his fun loving sense of humor. May your many memories be a comfort all of you now.
    Janene, Robin, Frankie & Amelia

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