The Curry Coastal Pilot

David D. Rettke

Feb. 15, 1954-Oct. 7, 2012

David D. Rettke, 58, of Brookings, passed away Oct. 7, 2012, in Crescent City.

David was born Feb. 15, 1954, in Tacoma, Wash., to Gomer and Shirley Rettke. The family moved to Brookings shortly after that, where David grew up and attended school.

He began working in the local mill at the age of 18. Later in his career, David worked for various bowling alleys, including in McMinnville and Independence. He enjoyed working on cars, golfing and woodworking.

Survivors include his parents, Gomer and Shirley Rettke of Brookings; brother Larry Rettke and Laura Gagznos of Independence; brother and sister-in-law Dale and Jacki Rettke of Brookings; sister and brother-in-law Cyndi and Steve Williams of Brookings; nephews and nieces Chris, Eric and Ryan Rettke, Lauren Ramsdell, Dustin Gagznos, Kandi Campbell and Tia Bowers; grand-nieces and a grand-nephew Kylie, Kristen and Kamryn Campbell, Tori and Bailee Rettke, Jayden Zachary, Breeann, Avalina, Grace and Andy Bowers.

He was preceded in death by his brother Bryan Rettke.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to American Cancer Society, 31 West Sixth St., Medford, OR 97501.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Redwood Memorial Chapel, 1020 Fifield St. in Brookings. Pastor Rick Green will officiate. Private interment will be at the W. J. Ward Memorial Cemetery in Brookings.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.