David K. Yench, age 71 of Afton, passed away unexpectedly in his home on December 25, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Cox-Yench; daughters, Julianne (Kye) Back, Elyssa (Joseph) Renze, Laura (Matthew) Baerthel, Amanda (Mathew Zuppan) Cox; grandchildren, River, Ruth, Tyler, Ashley, Clayton, Charles, Ariela; siblings, Shari (Dennis) Penske, Jon (Suzanna) Yench; nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Craig Yench; mother, Margaret Yench; parents, George and Dorothy Yench.
A graduate of Burnsville high school, David went on to earn a degree in aeronautical engineering at the University of Minnesota. He spent his career managing Sullivan’s Supervalu. He took impeccable care of his 7-acre hobby farm in Afton and took great pride in his home. He lived his life serving others and never asked for or wanted a thank you.
He was an accomplished baker, cook, and craftsman. He loved traveling, sewing, wood working, and helping his son-in-laws with home projects. His interests included nature photography, listening to all types of music, reading mystery novels, and watching classic movies. He made the absolute best cheesecakes. He loved biking and hiking. He took care of his entire family, whether it was watching the grandchildren, or painting someone’s house. He babysat granddaughter Ruthie every week and she will miss her “Pop Pop” dearly. His grandsons, River and Clayton, loved when Grandpa would take them out and spoil them with movies and treats. He loved his dogs like family - Ginger and Leah. He loved us all, but especially his “Momsy” (Sandy).
David was steadfast and true. He was always there; someone who could be counted on and trusted. He did the right thing always even when no one was watching. He was the most dependable and hardworking man. He walked this earth living like Jesus, showing love, compassion, and service for 71 years. The world has lost a wonderful man, but Heaven has gained him. We know he’s walking up there with his parents and “Gingey” (Ginger). He was an example to all of us of how to live for others. You know you lived well when so many people don’t know how to live without you. It will never feel like we had enough time with him. He will be so greatly missed by his family.
David’s funeral will be at 12:00pm Friday, January 20, 2023 at Shepherd of the Valley Church, 14107 Hudson Road S. Afton, with visitation beginning at 10:00am. Memorials preferred to family or Loaves and Fishes, where David volunteered for many years.