David Allen Stensland

December 27, 1950 - November 4, 2020


Service: A memorial services will take place at a later date.

     David Allen “Twiggy” Stensland, 69, passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.

     David was born on December 27, 1950 to Orville and Lois (McCormick) Stensland in Canton, SD. He graduated from West Lyon High School in 1969.  He was a member of the South Dakota Army National Guard from 1970-1976.   He married Marsha Simunek on October 23, 1987 in Canton, SD.  David worked in motorcycle and automobile sales his entire life.

        David, “Twiggy”, enjoyed talking with people, telling stories, jokes, making people smile and laugh, shooting pool and going to their trailer in Platte for weekends with family and friends.  David was a founding member of the “Klondike Racing Team” and grew up riding and racing in many local races including racing at the Sturgis Rally. In his later years, he would enjoy being a spectator at races including his annual pilgrimages to Davenport, IA for the Senior Races and Springfield, IL for mile track races.  He was a member of the American Motorcycle Club, several local motorcycle clubs, Our Saviors’ Lutheran Church and a former member of the American Legion.

           David is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marsha; daughter, Jamie (Cory) Leonard, Welsh, LA; son, Chad (Marastella) Mercer, Centennial, CO; and Tami Schimnoski, Minneapolis, MN; 6 grandchildren: Tyler (Casey) Leonard, Cory Wayne “CJ” Leonard Jr., Zachary Leonard, Chloe Leonard, Madison Schimnoski, and Henrik Schimnoski;  2 great-grandchildren, Havoc and Axel Leonard; brother, Denny (Janet) Stensland, Larchwood, IA; sisters, Jan Stensland, Wheatridge, CO; Gayle Severson, West Liberty, IA; Jean (Mike) Gerritson, Ankeny, IA; Linda (Marty) Doherty, Sioux Falls, SD; father-in-law Harold Simunek, Inwood, IA; sisters-in-law Elaine Niebuhr and Sandra Roseland, Canton, SD; and brothers-in-law Roger (Amy) Simunek, Canton, SD; and Jerry (Deb) Simunek, Worthing, SD; along with a host of extended relatives,  friends, and his loving family at Fellowship Village .    He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Patrick Leonard; mother-in-law Myva Simunek and brother-in-law Larry Niebuhr.

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  1. My sympathy to all the family and friends. Marsha my thoughts are with you and sending prayers for brighter days with sweet memories.
    Janet Short

  2. So sorry for your loss Marsha. We have great lifetime memories of Twiggy. Will always remember his beautiful disposition and smile! He was so caring and helpful to everyone. He has no enemies for sure! Our entire family will always remember Twiggy! Keeping you in our prayers! 😇

  3. Marsha and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. David’s dad and mine were the best of friends so I spent many times as a kid over at the Stensland house and David was always a lot of fun. It might have been the tunnels in hay in the barn, or riding on something they had made with a motor, tires and a steering wheel, but it was always fun and a lot of laughs. May your memories and the peace that our Lord offers to us help you through this time.

  4. Marsha and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Patty and Craig Dittberner

  5. I am sorry for your loss Marsha. I will always remember Twiggy’s smile and kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Marsha, My niece in law had work at the nursing home and liked the notes that you left Dave. It sounds liked their was alot of love . Nobody is ever ready to loose the one you love one. we are glad that you have your family close by.

  7. Marsha,
    It was so sad to hear of David’s passing. My sympathies to you and your family. He was a great guy and always made me laugh. I will miss David at the nursing home and also seeing you. Praying that God will bring you comfort.

  8. I was deeply saddened to hear of Twiggy’s passing. I have many fond memories of him over many years. He was always ready to laugh. He was truly one of the funniest people I have ever known & one of the best joke tellers bar none. He will truly be missed by so many. My deepest sympathies to your family.