David C. Duensing, 56, of Helena, passed away from heart surgery complications in Missoula on March 3, 2010.
Dave was born March 30, 1953 in Helena to Arnold and Nancy Duensing. Dave grew up in Helena attending local schools and graduated from Helena High School in 1971. He graduated from Montana State University in 1976, graduating with degrees in chemistry and microbiology. He then worked for the Anaconda Co. as a chemist before returning to Helena and joining the family business – the Parrot Confectionery – in 1978. He recently retired when the business was sold in 2009 and looked forward to many long hours of golf this summer.
Dave was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church. He belonged to Green Meadow Country Club and actively worked with the board in building the new club house. He served on the Business Improvement District for 8 years and was involved in all things for the betterment of downtown Helena. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and the Shriners.
Dave loved to golf at GMCC, reloading and shooting, spending time at the lake (pre-golf), reading, and road trips with his family.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Nancy Duensing; Jane and Stan Kufeld (aunt & uncle); and in-laws Art and Alma Bucholz and Artie Bucholz.
Dave is survived by his wife, Wendy; Stanley & Pamela Duensing (brother & sister-in-law), Aaron & Lillian Bucholz, Bryan & Cindy Ballou, and Lynn Bucholz (brothers- and sisters-in-laws); Lauri Ann Duensing, Jeff, Alan, Greg and Debbie Bucholz (nieces & nephews), Dugan & Kaye Kufeld and other numerous cousins. Dave is also survived by many, many friends.
Dave had a passion for life and lived it large and loved it well. He will be missed.
A memorial celebration of Dave's life will take place March 8, 2010 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church at 12 p.m. A reception will follow at the Green Meadow Country Club. Memorials may be sent to St. Peter's Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place under the care of Retz Funeral Home. To offer a condolence to Dave's family or to share a memory of Dave, please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com.