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David Tacke

August 29, 2017
Emmetsburg News

David J. Tacke, 67, of Lanesboro passed away peacefully on Saturday,?Aug. 12, 2017 at Mayo Clinic after a decades-long battle with a rare blood disease. He was surrounded at the time of his death by his beloved family.

A prayer vigil for David was held at 8 p.m. at St.?Patrick's Catholic Church in Lanesboro on Friday, Aug. 18. Funeral Mass of the Resurrection was held on Aug. 19 at St. Patrick's, followed by a reception at Eagle Buff Environmental Learning Center. Father Ed McGrath officiated. David will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

David, son of Harold and Frances (Kotalik) Tacke, was born on May 27, 1950 in Yankton, SD. He graduated from Yankton High School in 1968. He enrolled at University of South Dakota, then joined the United States Air Force shortly after. He was stationed in Turkey and later in Japan. David considered the experience of living abroad and serving his country alongside a group of humble, caring men as one of the most transformative of his life. It was during this time that he bought his first SLR camera, a Minolta SRT 101. He developed his first silver halide images in an Air Force darkroom in Misawa, Japan.

David returned to the University of South Dakota in 1974. He received a Bachelor's degree in Economics and later a Master's degree in Business Administration. It was in graduate school that he met the love of his life, Linda Schomburg. They were married in Spencer on July 3, 1979. Shortly after, they moved to Minnesota and made their home in Minnetonka. David and Linda have two children, Paul and Greta.

David was a man of deep faith. He worshipped and sang in the Choir at St. Therese of Deephaven for over 20 years. Where David recognized God's grace most was in the natural world and in the night sky. As a devout Catholic, he increasingly felt called by his faith to protect God's creation. In 2015, he convened a group of religious and environmental leaders from the Lanesboro area to discuss a local response to the Pope's climate encyclical titled "Laudato Si': Care for Our Common Home."

For the past three years, he served as a volunteer water monitor with the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District. In an article published in May, David wrote, "Volunteering in environmental data monitoring helps us look future generations in the eye and affirm that through good citizenship we are doing our best to leave them a beautiful planet." He also made several trips to Standing Rock Indian Reservation in support of water protectors.

During his lifetime, David relished sharing his love and appreciation for the outdoors and astronomy with his family. Together with Linda, Paul, and Greta, he spent summers cycling, camping, canoeing, and traveling. he had a special affinity for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

A self-taught "tech geek", David began his professional career at Control Data in 1979. He later worked in Information Technology for the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

David's photography focused mainly on his interest in the natural world and was, for him, a form of meditation. Because of the unpredictability of his blood disease, David made the decision to retire early so he could travel and take photographs. He would hitch up his beloved Scamp, "Tenni," and drive his truck to National Parks and protected natural areas. He had a particular love for the Grand Tetons, the southwestern U.S., and the northern shorts of Lake Superior. His family and friends will cherish his indelible images of the Driftless region, the Boundary Waters, and the Apostle Islands ice caves. A website ( is being developed to capture the best of David's many photographs.

In 2009, David and Linda moved to a condominium in an old school house in Lanesboro, MN, overlooking the region's bluffs and valleys. In just a short amount of time, David found fellowship among the artists, actors, naturalists, and gardeners in his new hometown. He enjoyed cooking elaborate dinners for friends, having coffee with "the dudes," taking long bike rides, serving as the liturgist at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and being a part of Laneboro's vibrant community.

David dealt with his blood disease and later with leukemia with characteristic grace, humility, and strength. He will be remembered for his endless curiosity, his gentle manner, his remarkable eye, his terrific cooking, and for the boundless love that he bestowed upon his family, friends, the Lord, and all living things. David asked that we honor his life by extending kindness and love to one another.

David is survived by his wife of 38 years Linda (Schomburg); two children: Paul of Cairo, Egypt and Greta of Minneapolis, MN; his sister, Lois (Tacke) Stillman of Emmetsburg, and six brothers and another sister; along with many close cousins and cousins-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Frances Tacke.?The late, Iola Schomburg, mother-in-law of Spencer.

Thank you to those who prayed for David. Memorials can be made in David's honor to the Land Stewardship Project.



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