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David D Patraw

David D Patraw

David D. Patraw, age 62 of Durand, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at St. Elizabeth’s Care Center in Wabasha, MN with his wife by his side.

David was born on March 14, 1955 in Wabasha, MN. He was the son of Glenn and Nellie (Grey) Patraw. David grew up in the Nelson and Durand area and graduated from Durand High School in 1973. After high school, David worked for Northern Wisconsin Manufacturing in Pepin for several years. David then took a job at 3M in Menomonie and had a 35 year career there until his illness forced him to retire. David married Janet Westergaard on September 19, 1981 at the United Methodist Church in Durand.

David enjoyed woodworking, gardening, landscaping and being outdoors. He also liked to travel the state looking for gardening ideas. David took pride with being on the Durand Garden Walks and showing his woodworking and hard work he put in over the years. Most of all, David loved to spend time with family and friends.

David is survived by his wife of 35 years; Janet, his son; Kyle of Durand, step-children; Brian Harms of Chippewa Falls and Stephanie (Joel) Voelker of Boyceville, three grandchildren; Ashley Harms, Carolyn and Emily Voelker, three brothers; Gary (Kat), Jack (Becky), both of Nelson and Dennis of River Falls, three sisters; Gayle Van Norman of Durand, Sharon Bauer of Eau Claire and Lu Ann (Dennis) Meixner of Arkansaw, three sisters-in-law; Mary Ann Patraw of Nelson, Vicki Patraw of Pepin, Barb (Greg) Brandt of Reinbeck, IA, father and mother-in-law; James and Lillian Westergaard of Reinbeck, IA, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Dale and Robert Patraw and two brothers-in-law; Wes Van Norman and Doug Bauer.

Memorial Services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand with Chaplin David Lotto officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM Friday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Saturday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Deb (Lowe) Creswell

    Janet and family: we send our love and our sympathy to each of you for your loss. You are in our thoughts.

    Deb Creswell

  2. Linda Price

    Janet, sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Thoughts and prayers to your family.
    Tom & Linda Price

  3. Robert and Laurie Hickcox

    Sorry for your loss. Dave was a good guy.

  4. Leisha

    With love to the family!! Sorry I, Dan, Lisa and Jamie could not be there! Hugs to all of you. Dave was a great guy. Will miss him lots! Big hug to you Jan and Kyle!!! xoxoxoxo

  5. Amy Prissel

    Janet, so sorry to hear of your loss. David was such a nice guy to me when I worked at 3M, and you too. We know now, that he is in a better place.
    God Bless

  6. Dave and Donna Utpadel

    Sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Enjoyed working with him at 3M. Our thoughts and prayers are with Janet and his family.

  7. Codie Patraw (Chris)

    We are sending our love and prayers asking God to wrap you all in his embrace as he welcomes Dave and guides you through the difficult days ahead.

  8. Jeff Hotter

    Dave was a great guy with a great personality. I worked with Dave @ 3M and we had some good times. My sincere sympathy to Janet and the family.

  9. Georgeewarren

    It's sure too bad too hear about David.We went too school together.But haven't seen him for years.Im sure he will be missed by his family and close friends.

  10. Crystal Dow. Sockness

    So very sorry to hear the news. You have my sympathy

  11. June Baker

    Prayers to you Janet and Kyle. Sorry for your loss. Scott, June and Kylie Baker.

  12. Christine (Labs/Richardson) Gwizdala

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Patty and John Wayne

    To Janet and to your family Our Deepest Sympathy to your family.
    May God Bless you with the strength you will need in the time a ahead.

  14. Paula pope

    Prayers to you Janet and your family

  15. Tony &Mary Ann Schuh

    We wish to sent heartfelt sympathy to the Patraw family. God Bless you all in your time of sorrow.

  16. Kerry Bauer

    I was very sad to see that Dave has passed on. Sending my sympathies to Janet, Kyle and everyone that knew and loved him. My deepest condolences.

  17. John judy parr

    Our prayers are with u

  18. Rodney and Patricia Hurlburt

    Heartfelt Sympathy to you, Janet and Kyle plus Sharon,LuAnn and Gayle. Thinking of all of you during this sad time. Blessings and God give you the strength in the days ahead. Hugs ......

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