In loving memory of

Wade Elwood Davick
April 19, 1936 - June 6, 2019

Wade Elwood Davick, 83 of Winona, died Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester, St.Mary's Campus.

Wade was born April 19th in Minot, ND to Carl and Esther (Schlenker) Davick. He graduated from Minot Model High School and furthered his education at St.Olaf College in Northfield before attending Luther Seminary. He served in the United States Naval Reserves for 14 years as a chaplain. Wade married Pamela Bungum in Rochester, MN on August 2, 1992.

Wade ministered parishes in southwestern North Dakota before returning to his beloved childhood church, First Lutheran in Minot, where he was called to be the directing pastor. Eventually, he moved to Minnesota and served as as an interim pastor in Hayfield and West Concord before Central Lutheran in Winona issued him a letter of call. He retired from Central in 2002 and immediately began as interim at Highland Prairie and Elstad Lutheran churches. After ten years, Wade retired once again, although he remained active in ministry-supply preaching, performing weddings and funerals, and eventually became known as "Rent-a-Rev" in the Winona area.

Wade was active until the end of his life, he enjoyed tap dancing, fly fishing, downhill skiing, traveling, playing the piano and wood carving. He also enjoyed volunteering with elementary children and at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum.

Wade embraced his Scandinavian Heritage, was an accomplished wood carver and passionate about celebrating Norwegian traditions. Wade was an active member of Rotary International throughout his adult life.

At the heart and soul of Wade Davick was family. He was a devoted father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and husband.

He is survived by his wife, Pam; beloved dogs, Thor and Loki; children, Brad(Carline)Davick, of South Bend, IN, Lisa Sartwell of Minneapolis, Carl(Kym) of Madison, WI and their mother, Dorene Davick of Bloomington; Nathan Wohlfeil(Karla) of Winona; grandchildren, Megan, Kara, Larson, Anika, Soren and Elizabeth, 7 great-grandchildren, and sister, Connie Ede of Minnetonka.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, Bruce.

Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 14 at Central Lutheran Church-Winona. The Reverends Brad Davick and Michael Short will be officiating. Visitations will be 4-7 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center-Goodview, and one hour prior to the service on Friday at Central.

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Marcy McGleno wrote on Jun 17, 2019:

"Peace to Pam and Wade's family. Wade's wisdom, compassion, light heartedness, storytelling, and hospitable heart, endeared him to many at CL Church. It was also refreshing to witness his sweet appreciations of Pam. ~ "Well done, thy good and faithful servant." "

mike puetz wrote on Jun 17, 2019:

"Wade was one of my favorite people period. He always had time for me and to visit with me about my son Thomas. He was truly a treasure. Mike Puetz"

Larry Laber wrote on Jun 14, 2019:

"Wade was a friend, a mentor a spiritual advisor. Just a good person treated everyone with kindness and compassion. My life is better for knowing him. Larry Laber"

Gary Wolberg wrote on Jun 13, 2019:

"Very sorry to learn about Wade's passing. Our condolences to all the family. Gary Wolberg, Spearfish, SD, formerly from Bowman"

Rebecca J. Hostetler wrote on Jun 13, 2019:

"My sincere condolences to Pam and the Davick Family Members upon Wade's death.I had the privilege of serving as an Interim Pastor at Central LC in Winona when Wade came upon the scene. It was great to have him as a colleague for several months and we learned about approaches to ministry from each other. It was truly a blessing to work alongside him. God's comfort and peace to you as you grieve the loss of such a dynamic man. Rest in Peace, Wade."

Heather Casper wrote on Jun 13, 2019:

"Words cannot express how much I will miss Wade. In my short time working with him at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, I was supposed to be teaching him how to work with people (ha!), but everyone who knew Wade would understand that he was the one who taught all of us how to be generous and kind. He never left without thanking me for letting him work with the students he led through the galleries. It was a true honor to be in his presence- whether tap dancing, or talking about our experiences touring folks through the museum. Rest in peace, friend. Thank you for showing me how to be a better human. "

Joyce and Ray A Bisco wrote on Jun 13, 2019:

"While knowing Wade only a short while through the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, our time together has left memories that will always be cherished. Special thoughts are with Wade's family and friends. Ray and Joyce Bisco"

Jim Forsythe wrote on Jun 13, 2019:

"Wade was a truly remarkable man. Every single time I encountered him I felt uplifted. He'd greet you with that twinkle in his eye and ask how you were doing and actually mean it. He'd ask about our kids by name even though they were long gone from Winona and he hadn't seen them in years. He was smart, funny and incredibly kind and I'll miss being reminded by his presence that life truly is grand. Goodbye my friend. Jim Forsythe"

Chuck Ehler wrote on Jun 12, 2019:

"Davick Family Members: On behalf of our family, we extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to you and your families. We were all saddened to learn of Pastor Davick?s passing. We commend him on all of his accomplishments during his lifetime. We are indebted to him for performing our children?s weddings (Matt & Nicole & Amelia & Tyler) and for being a part of our lives. We feel blessed to have known him and to have him share in our joys of life. We enjoyed and will treasure his zest for life. Please take solace in his contributions to the faith community in our area. He touched the lives of many families that will last for generations to come. The saying goes that when we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven who will watch over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you now have an angel who will lovingly watch over you. Please trust that Pastor Davick is in the warm embrace of the ?Good Lord? and is at peace. He will enjoy the joys and comforts of heaven. May the Good Lord bless and comfort you and your families members during this time of grief. We have you and your family members in our thoughts and prayers. Chuck, Sharon & Paul Ehler Rushford, MN "

Kristine Oman wrote on Jun 12, 2019:

"My deepest sympathies to Pam and the whole family. Pastor Wade was truly a gift from God. He was such a blessing to us all. He touched my heart in so many ways over the years and will never be forgotten. Such a gentle and compassionate man with the biggest heart ever..You will be missed Pastor peacefully with the angels."

Arlene ( Landsverk) Johnson wrote on Jun 11, 2019:

"What a loss for all of us!! What a fantastic Pastor and friend!! Our little grandson poked me one Sunday when Pastor Wade was walking down the aisle in full Pastoral robes to the altar. Teagan said, " Grandma look, Jesus is walking by!! Pastor Wade was so pleased when he was told about this. I will always remember that Pastor Wade said that when he read his Bible, he would read and re-read the verses until he found the Grace in them. RIP Pastor Wade!! Our arms are around you Pam!!"

Arlene ( Landsverk) Johnson wrote on Jun 11, 2019:

"Oh, but we would have loved to have kept Pastor Wade around for many more years!! Hard to explain how special he was. Our grandson Teagan when a little boy said, " Grandma, look, Jesus is walking by!" Pastor Wade was walking down the aisle in full dress robes for church services. Pastor Wade was so pleased when told about this. Also, I will always remember that Pastor Wade said when he read his Bible that he would read and re-read verses until he found the Grace in them. Our arms are around you Pam!!"

Tim Leahy wrote on Jun 11, 2019:

"I would refer to Wade as the bishop as he entered the cemetery to do a funeral service. We had some great conversations over the course of time. Wade will definitely be missed in the Winona community. "

Judy (Rustad) Klennert wrote on Jun 11, 2019:

"To Pam and your family, my deepest sympathy. I always enjoyed him at Highland Prairie when I'd go to services there with my mother. He was such a comfort to her when our dad died, a great pastor and a wonderful person. You had wonderful years with him and keep those memories close to your heart in the days ahead. He will always be remembered."

Carolyn Hallum Panning wrote on Jun 11, 2019:

"Pastor Davick would visit my father and converse in Norwegian, including the last time my dad had communion at the Good Shepherd Home. He was a great blessing to so many people! God bless his memory and sustain you in your grief in his passing. Until we meet again...."

Don Stateler wrote on Jun 11, 2019:

"Pastor Brad, Pastor Caroline, Ellie and family, Belkys and I send send our deepest sympathies for your loss. We enjoyed the time that Pastor Wade spent with our congregation. RIP and blessings to you and your family."

Jerry Mizera wrote on Jun 11, 2019:

"Sorry to hear of your loss, no matter when or how it's always hard to lose some one you love. "

Debra Stetzer wrote on Jun 10, 2019:

"My favorite memory of Pastor Davick was his story time up at the alter with all the children gathered around. RIP!?"

Doug and Becky Lind wrote on Jun 10, 2019:

"Deepest sympathy to Pam and family. Pastor Wade was truly a special man. I will never forget how he would give my kids (grunt hugs) after church and then look at us parents and tap his heart and say how blessed he was. Many people were blessed to have Pastor Wade in their lives and my family truly enjoyed him. "

Doug Kalahar wrote on Jun 10, 2019:

"Wade Davick was my pastor for several years when I lived in Winona. What a wonderful and dedicated man he was to his parish and to his family. He was my brother in Christ. Doug Kalahar Mankato MN"

Dale Justin wrote on Jun 10, 2019:

"I am so sorry for the family's loss. I hope he did not suffer. I will keep you all in my prayers."

Maryann Frietsche wrote on Jun 10, 2019:

"Great memories of Wade when we served on the ALLY board many years ago. RIP dear man. "

Nancy Denzer wrote on Jun 9, 2019:

"Pastor Davick was one of the most inspiring and humble people we?ve had the privilege to know and grow from spiritually. Our thoughts are with Pam and the rest of Pastor Davick?s family. Nancy Denzer & Maynard Johnson"

David Martinson wrote on Jun 9, 2019:

"Wade was the best-looking man in our class and every bit as good a man. His faith and decency led to a life of service to others?a life truly well-lived. RIP my friend."

Dana Hillesheim wrote on Jun 9, 2019:

"A one of a kind man, gentle soul, giving heart, full of truth to live by. Anyone who crossed his path felt his heart, believed his words and was comforted with true knowledge, no matter there need. I was a teenager when I met him, when my brother passed, Pastor Davick was by my families side. He then married me after keen advice my husband and I hold dear. Then, was there for the baptizing of my twins, even after I moved to Chicago. Winona has lost a great pastor here on earth but gained an angel who will forever watch over the hills he loved so much!! Thank you Pastor Davick for being a great teacher of God?s love, rest well, let the heavens rejoice upon your arrival!"

Connie Kotke wrote on Jun 9, 2019:

"Pastor Davick played a quiet but important role in healing my family. I will be forever grateful. "

Jackie Stevens wrote on Jun 8, 2019:

"Pastor Davick was such a kind, gentle and jolly soul. He truly cared for everyone he met. He knew everyone by name. Pastor Davick ran into our family at Nate and Ally's and immediately greeted us. Then he told us about Pam's rule that he could only go for custard 1 day a week and this was his 3rd time that week. Pastor Davick confirmed my middle son. I wish could have confirmed my other two children. He worked so well with the young members. As my middle son, "It is sad. He was the best pastor I had." Pastor Davick is now smiling down on all of us and smiling. Go forth and be Central to heaven, Pastor Davick. Our Sympathies-Todd, Jackie, Alex, Matt and Katie Stevens"

Sue Roehrich wrote on Jun 8, 2019:

"Pastor Wade shared his faith throughout our community. We, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church were very lucky to have him assist us on Maundy Thursday with our service. Pastor Wade was an excellent listener, showed great empathy for people, was kind, loving and a man of God. He will be missed. We pray that angels will carry him to the loving arms of his Savior Jesus Christ. Sue Roehrich, St. Paul's Vestry Clerk"

Julie and Richard Koop wrote on Jun 8, 2019:

"So sad to hear of Pastor Wade?s passing. He was such an amazing person and pastor. He told many lives. He will be missed. Blessings to you Pan and your entire family!"

Michele and Todd James and family wrote on Jun 8, 2019:

"Pam and family-our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Heaven gained a very special angel this week. Pastor Wade made a huge difference in so many lives and will be missed by so many! "

Jan Mehlhoff wrote on Jun 8, 2019:

"Pam and family, i?m so sorry to hear of Wade?s death. I will always remember when we brought the confirmation students to your home and his workshop. The kids loved telling him that he baptized them! And we were all impressed with his beautiful work. May the promise of resurrection and the gift of the Holy Spirit comfort you in the days ahead. Jan Mehlhoff "

Janice Berntson Davick wrote on Jun 8, 2019:

"I will never forget your love and cariing--a friend, family member and pastorally. Every time I think of Erik and Louise Ramstad of Minot I will treasure our wonderful conversations we shared honoring their memories. Jan Berntson Davick"

Holly and Larry Eidsness wrote on Jun 8, 2019:

"Wade?s family, We are so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a part of our life for many years in Minot. He married us almost 43 years ago. He baptized our girls, and helped us bury our mothers. He will never be forgotten, but always missed. Holly and Larry Eidsness"

Bonnie Engrav Boettcher wrote on Jun 7, 2019:

"Pam and all the family: This was the saddest i heard today. Breaks my heart. What a truly wonderful man. We had him as our minister at Central Lutheran Church and none i ever have heard give the sermon, and a joke or two with it or a little story to go with good as he. He was so kind to everyone. I am sure his two doodle dogs are going to really miss their master, but not as much as you, Pam. He married my children, and baptized my grandchildren; and when he would see them, he would stop and talk. He was one of a kind. Precious. Praying for you Pam. You will miss him. Bonnie Boettcher"

Sharon and Maynard Rustad wrote on Jun 7, 2019:

"One of the best! Our deepest sympathies to Pam and family! Wade you most certainly will be missed! ??"