David Wesley Sontag, 90
David Wesley Sontag of Lake City, passed away on May 9, at his home at The Bluffs in Lake City, Minn.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 23, at First Lutheran Church, 100 Peace Ridge Rd. in Lake City.
David was born in Lakefield, Minn., on June 21, 1926, to Harold and Kathleen Sontag. After graduating from Lakefield High School, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1944. He spent time in Idaho and Washington and sailed to China, and was discharged in 1946. David graduated from Medical School at the University of Minnesota in 1953. After completing his internship at Long Beach Veterans Hospital, Dave joined the medical practice of Drs. Bailey and Flesche in Lake City in 1955. He dearly loved his medical office practice of fifty years in the communities of Lake City and Wabasha.
David married Lucy Schwartz, on March 25, 1952. The lure of travel took them on a three month backpacking and hitchhiking tour of Europe, Germany, Austria, and England. Later, trips included Germany as the Berlin Wall came down, Vienna, Budapest, Scandinavia, Scotland, Mexico and Ireland. They also enjoyed trips to China, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya and Indonesia. In the 90s, they returned to camp in Yosemite National Park.
David had a great love of wildlife, growing up hunting duck and pheasant. He later made trips to Western states for antelope and elk hunting. He enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts and served as a board member at First Lutheran Church. Dave was the last surviving charter member of Lake City Kiwanis. Dedicated to their projects and fundraisers, Dave was a fixture on the golf cart during Water Ski Days - selling pop at the parade.
Family vacations for 31 years included two weeks at St. Paul YMCA Camp Du Nord and in the BWCA canoeing, camping, and woodland experiences. Daves activities with family included beach picnics, waterskiing and hunting agates on Agate Beach. The couple also enjoyed wildflowers and birds, cross-country skiing, and exploring the regions bike trails.
David is survived by his wife Lucy of Lake City; brother Ben Sontag of Hastings; three sons, Hugh (Peggy), Mark (Patti), Dean (Jenny); and two daughters, Heidi (Tim Dorn) and Maria; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Sontag.
Friends and family may visit from 5-8 p.m. on June 22, at Schleicher Lake City Chapel and one hour before the service at First Lutheran Church, in Lake City.
Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church, Lake City Kiwanis Club, or a charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, in Lake City. The guest register may be signed on line at www.schleicherfuneralhomes.com.