David Martin Tellefsen I

GWINN, Mich. – David Martin Tellefsen I, age 60, of Gwinn, entered eternal life Wednesday morning, June 19, 2013, at his home, in the loving, comforting care of his family and Lake Superior Hospice.

Dave was born January 5, 1953, in the Philippines, a son of George M. and Agnes C. (VanDyamslager) Tellefsen.

His father served in the U.S. Military and Dave was raised at various base locations abroad and in the US. He graduated from the DeTour High School in 1971 and, soon after, joined the U.S. Air Force, beginning a career that would span 21 years. His first duty assignment was K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base and future assignments included Turkey, the Philippines, Greenland, South and North Dakota, Lower Michigan, Louisiana, and finally Spokane, Washington, from where he retired as a Master Sargeant in 1992. While in service, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources by attending night school. Following his honorable discharge, Dave moved to Florida where he was employed with the Pensacola, Florida Health Department for five years.

In 2005, he returned to the Gwinn area. Dave possessed a competitive spirit and enjoyed playing cards, especially poker, and strategy games such as chess. His outdoor leisure sports included rounds of golf and fishing for the largest catch.

Dave is survived by his sons, Timothy M. (Brooke) Tellefsen of Gwinn, Brian C. (Shqipe) Tellefsen of Gwinn, and David M. (Sarah) Tellefsen II of Quantico, Va.; his grandchildren, Mason and Jacob Tellefsen, Danielle, Dillon, and Dallas Wiertella; his twin brother, Tom (Brenda) Tellefsen of Charleston, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl (Liljeroos) Tellefsen whom he married July 15, 1972 in Marquette; his sister, Linda and her husband, Charles Lumpkin; and a brother, George Tellefsen.

Friends may call at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Saturday, June 22, from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 noon Saturday. Chuck Tooman, Lake Superior Hospice chaplain will officiate. A reception will follow at Little Lake American Legion Post #349. Graveside services with veteran’s honors will be held at the Park Cemetery on Monday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneralhome.com.