David Gangsei of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, passed away at 90

By | December 15, 2021

David Gangsei death – passed away: David Gangsei, 90-year-old, of Pequot Lakes passed away peacefully on Friday, December 10, 2021 at his home overlooking East Twin Lake surrounded by his beloved family. Born David S. Gangsei, on June 12, 1931 in Sacramento, California, to his parents Nels and Thelma Gangsei of Forest City, Iowa. When he was a teenager, khis family moved to Minnesota where he attended Northfield High School and later went to St. Olaf College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1953.

After graduation from St. Olaf, David was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, assigned to Quantico, Virginia and Cherry Point, North Carolina. He served during the Korean War as an intelligence officer assigned to a Marine Aviation unit as an imagery interpreter. He got married his college sweetheart, Helen (Hagen) Gangsei  of Morris, Minnesota on July 17, 1955, after his retirement from the military. They had two beautiful children Ted and Heidi. He enjoyed 66 years of marriage with his beloved wife.

In 1958, he received his Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree from Harvard University. He served as a history teacher, then as an assistant Principal, and then Principal at fourteen American schools. He also received his Doctorate Degree in Education from the University of Southern California in 1975. He retired from DODDS in 1992. He embarked on a second career in education. He teach and also hold the position of Principal at five Minnesota schools, including: Woodland Middle School, Duluth, Crosby-Ironton, Baudette and Pine River. He followed that with a stint overseas as the Principal at the International School Nido de Aguilas (School of the Eagles) in Santiago, Chile.

He is survived by his wife, his daughter, his son, and four grandchildren.

To learn about David Gangsei’s obituary go to Brenny Family Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services