David “Dave” J. Elbert
David “Dave” J. Elbert, 62, Eau Claire, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his family and under the care of Mayo Clinic Hospice.
Dave was born Feb. 11, 1958, in Chippewa Falls, to Thomas and Bobbi (Maxwell) Elbert.
He was a 1976 graduate of Chi-High.
Dave married Marian Rumbach July 11, 1989, in Chippewa Falls.
He worked at Northern Center in Chippewa Falls, as a CNA, for 24 years, and medically retired in 2004, because of his health and became affectionately known as “Blind Dave.”
Dave did not let his lifelong diabetes hold him back, as he was a star athlete in high school and continued on to complete an Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, in 1987. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed fishing and hunting locally, and on many trips to Canada. Dave enjoyed cooking, especially smoking a variety of different meats.
He was a member of the Jim Falls Lions Club. Dave, being a devout Christian, will be remembered for his kindness and his giving spirit.
Dave loved his family, and loved gathering and enjoying time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife – Marian, Eau Claire; children – Phillip (Melissa) Kesling, Madison, Scott (Amy) Kesling, Madison, Thomas (Becca) Elbert, Eau Claire, Ben (Brittany) Elbert, Altoona, and Sara Elbert, Chippewa Falls; grandchildren – Emma and Ashley Kesling, Isabel Kesling, Aiden and Micah Elbert, and Everly Elbert; siblings – Cheri (Brad) Bourget, Jim Falls, and Steve (Lynn) Elbert, Chippewa Falls; his favorite cousin – Pat Murphy, Wisconsin Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of life will take place in the summer of 2021, for family and friends.
Memorial donations in honor of Dave, can be made to the Jim Falls or Cadott Lions clubs.
Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at chippewavalleycremation. com.