David Leo O’Brien

David Leo O’Brien, age 79, of Yankton, South Dakota died on Friday, September 24, 2021 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton while his children, Todd and Debbie, were holding his hand.

David was born on April 13, 1942 in Randolph, Nebraska to Leo and Helen (Leiting) O’Brien.  David’s father originally came to the area by the Orphan Train.  David grew up in the Randolph area and graduated from St. Frances High School in Randolph. He married the love of his life, Kathleen Kirby on September 8, 1962 in Bloomfield, Nebraska.  The couple recently celebrated their 59th year wedding anniversary where Dave claimed he was finally fully trained.

David’s first job was as a beekeeper, then he purchased the Cork ‘n Bottle in 1972. After he sold the Cork ‘n Bottle, he went to work for Don Peterson at Yaggie’s Inc. Grain and Feed in Yankton as a manager for 35 years.  David retired from Yaggie’s in 2011.

Throughout his adult life, David was actively involved in the local and state communities, serving as both Yankton City Commissioner and Mayor. Kathy and David also served together on the Board of the Yankton Contact Center. Governor Mickelson appointed David to the South Dakota State Cement Plant Board and was president during his many years of service. Additionally, David was the Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission National Grain Car Council.  A golf enthusiast, David served on the Board of South Dakota Golf Association, and was president of the board at one time.

David thoroughly enjoyed his daily routine, which involved golfing, playing Scrabble with Kathy each afternoon, and spending time with family and friends. In early September, David enjoyed the weekend playing rounds of golf with his son Todd, and grandsons Sam and Nick.  He beat them all.

David is survived by his wife, Kathy of Yankton; daughter, Deborah (Greg) Toste of San Antonio, TX and their two children: Nicholas (Tosha) and Kelsey; son, Todd (Susan) O’Brien of Sioux City, IA and their 5 children: Samuel, Marlee, and Olivia O’Brien, Paulsen and John Fey; and brother, Keith (Lois) O’Brien of Lincoln, NE.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Helen O’Brien.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:00 AM, on Friday, October 1, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Bob Lacey officiating.  Inurnment will follow at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. A celebration of David’s wonderful life will be held at Hillcrest Country Club in Yankton following the inurnment from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the family to several charities of their choice.  To send an online message to the family, please visit www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com.

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7 response to "David Leo O’Brien"

  1. By: Jim & Mary DeLozier Posted: September 28, 2021

    We were so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. A great guy that will be missed by all. Our sympathies and prayers to the family.

  2. By: Ron & Mona Heglin Posted: September 28, 2021

    Kathy, Debbie, Todd and all the family, so sorry for the loss of David!! Such a good neighbor and friend. Dave was always so upbeat and would brighten your day. We are great-full that our entire family could visit with him in August. May God comfort you in this difficult time.

  3. By: Paula Sue (Wattier) Rasmussen Posted: September 28, 2021

    Dear Kathy & family, so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. My very deepest sympathy! Thoughts & prayers are with you🙏🙏🙏

  4. By: Dave Balfany Posted: September 29, 2021

    Todd and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. I always enjoyed speaking with him when I was at the Pro-Am. He was a terrific guy and great story-teller.that I will never forget. He always talked about his grandkids and was clearly very proud. May God give you all comfort.
    Dave Balfany

  5. By: Dan Barnett Posted: September 30, 2021

    I am so sorry that I cannot be there with you. I always enjoyed being around Dave and I’ll remember him fondly. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.
    Dan

  6. By: Teena Frederick Posted: September 30, 2021

    Kathy, so sorry to hear about Dave. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. By: Rich & Nancy Kitchen Posted: October 9, 2021

    We will miss Dave a ton this winter in Palm Springs. He was such a nice guy & loads of fun to play golf with. He had a lot of funny sayings that we will always cherish. Kathy we are so very sorry for your loss. May Dave Rest In Peace.

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