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David A. "Animal" Kelch

David A. "Animal" Kelch

David A. “Animal” Kelch, age 56 of Arkansaw, died Saturday, April 15, 2017 in the Town of Rock Elm, rural Elmwood as the result of a motorcycle accident.

David was born on July 12, 1960 in Amery. He was the son of Russell C. and Gerri (Johnson) Kelch. David grew up in Hugo, MN and attended high school at White Bear Lake High School. He worked many jobs over the years. Most recently he hauled gas for River Country Co-op in South St. Paul, MN. David had two sons, Jason and Steven from a previous relationship. David met his soul mate and love of his life, Nikki Frickson. Together they had a daughter, Miranda.

David enjoyed motorcycling all of his life. He was an excellent mechanic and was able to take the bikes apart, work on them and put them back together again. David also loved spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed collecting antique cars, going to festivals and dancing and making his annual trip to Sturgis every year.

David is survived by his soul mate; Nikki Frickson of Arkansaw, children; Jason of Blaine, MN, Steven of North Branch, MN, Miranda Elizabeth, Tanner, Tyler, all at home, several grandchildren, parents; Russell C. and Gerri Kelch of Rice Lake, one brother; Doug (Angie) Kelch of Centuria, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; Lee and Margaret Johnson and paternal grandparents; Russell W. and Louise Kelch.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand. A time of sharing will be held at 4:30 PM on Sunday.

Memorials are preferred to Miranda’s education account at Security Financial Bank in Durand.

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


  1. Marquita Hill

    My deepest condolences goes to David's family along with my prayers.. I only knew David for a short time from him stopping in at my job ( Kwik Trip)every night to grab a bite to eat before heading home from work.. We would talk n laugh a while.. He was a delight to see come in every night . He will truly be missed..

  2. Linda Berkness

    We all miss David, we all enjoyed talking to him in Stockmens Restaurant in South St. Paul. Peace and blessings to all of u at this time and comfort for your broken hearts and huge loss.

  3. geraldine e kelch

    we love u more than you will ever know we miss u so much

    mom and con

  4. Ben Vesey

    David was great person on the inside with great smile and laughs. Had great times sitting with him At Stockman's truck stop in So. St . Paul.
    I'm sorry for your lost of David. I will miss him a lot. Prayers for your family.

  5. Kelly Davidsavor

    A great guy with a huge heart. I still tell people about the many times riding with you on the back of your bikes growing up. You will be missed Cuz...Ride the beautiful skies...RIP..our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  6. Doug

    David, you were a friend to all who lent a helping hand to anyone in need. You were a great man and wonderful brother. I wish I could of spent more time with you but I fear we never have enough time to do the things we should. Your brother always, Doug.

  7. Andrew Klevgard

    Road 2 Freedom MRO Inc. and All Our Members Sending​ Our Deepest Condolences to all Family and Friends.

  8. Patrick

    Dave and I rode in all kinds weather and had a ball
    Once under a bridge we stopped and he said I looked like a drowned cat we laughed for 45min about that one and when the rain let up off we went again
    There so min good and funny stories we told each other
    Also Dave talked about God and he couldn't wait for his turn
    Stop Drinking going to church and selling the farm raise the children getting a job near his farm just closer to his wife and children
    Most of all I'll miss his kind heart
    I'll miss him very much for me I could talk about anything and he would listen. Rest In Peace David by my greatest friend

  9. Renee Linse

    All our Love and Prayers are with you and the kids. Ryan,Renee, Tristan and Alicanne

  10. Tammy Ely

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends. Ride free my friend ❤️

  11. Bill & Marlos Lutz

    Dave stopped at our home many times. We will miss him. He was a good man. You have our sympathy.

  12. Jerry Davidsavor

    A one of a kind guy. Proud to call you my cousin.
    RIP David.

  13. Irish Jade

    How tragic & sad. My deepest heartfelt sympathy to David's loved ones. "Animal", please give Nickolas Carlson a hug from me in heaven.

  14. Jennifer Thibado

    I am so sorry for your loss! David was an incredible guy and will be greatly missed. Remember the good times and share them with Nikki and Miranda!

  15. Crystal Dow and Ray Gjerdahl

    We are soooo sorry about Animal. We're losing too many good people too soon. You have our very sincere sympathy. ......love always

  16. Field McConnell

    David and Nikki looked so loving in their Christmas photo this past Christmas. I am proud to say that Animal befriended me even though I am a recent addition to the Plum City area. Animal's devotion to, and love for, Nikki and Miranda was impossible to miss. I am confident that my Lord and Saviour has Animal in His loving arms. I know where he went and others can learn by reading John 14:2 Animal had unconditional love. Field of Plum City.

  17. Charlie Thomas

    I'm going to miss our lively conversations at McDonald's in Durand.

  18. Andrew Klevgard

    Road 2 Freedom MRO Inc.
    Would like to send Our Condolences to All Family and Friends.
    May God keep "Animals" path lighted as he's working for Heaven's Angels now.
    RIP My Brother.

  19. Debi Rancour

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers sent for all of you.

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