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David Gary Santelli

08/21/1949 - 12/13/2020

David (DeeDee) Gary Santelli passed away on December 13, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN due to complications of Covid-19.

David was born to Americo and Audrey (Boutang) Santelli on August 21, 1949 in Virginia, MN.

David graduated from Virginia High School in 1968 and from Eveleth VocTech in 1970. In 1973 he started working at U.S. Steel Minntac. After 30 years he moved on to United Tac and Keetac, working a couple of years at each. He then went back to U.S. Steel Minntac for another short time. He did love mining.

His passions in life were hunting and fishing, especially going to Lake of the Woods to Ballard’s Resort. Car racing was another joy of his; making several trips to Daytona and watching races on T.V. every chance he had. Family was important to him, especially spending time with his step grandchildren who he would do anything for.

David is survived by his brothers, Terry (Trudy) of Virginia, and Kerry (Jean) of Ely Lake, Eveleth; niece, Cara Santelli (Jeff Stanish) and children, Kai and Kieren of St. Paul; nephew, Pat Santelli (Sarah Oppelt) and children, Alden and Nora of Minneapolis; step children, Jennifer (Matt Hogberg) and children, Xavier and Madeline; Joe (Angela) Zebro and children, Zivah and Evangeline; and his ex-wife and friend, Debra Nylander.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; father, Americo (Mugga); and mother, Audrey.

We would like to thank St. Mary’s Hospital for the care they gave David.

Knowing David like we do, he’s reeling in fish now with his good friend David (Orlo) Anderson and with the Lord.

No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

15 thoughts on “David Gary Santelli”

  1. Bob Cohn says:

    Curlo and Kerry,
    I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Dee Dee. He was way too young and a good person.
    My deepest condolences.
    May he rest in peace

    Bob Cohn

  2. Sandra Markovich says:

    I am shocked and saddened. Dave was always such a bubbly and passionate person. He surely did love ❤️ Minntac and looked at his crew as his children and was very protective of them.
    I worked with Dave for almost 40 years. I felt he was a friend to all, a straight shooter and a gentleman.
    Yes, I hope he is catching that big fish and finally at peace instead of running around the plant( which he loved to do).
    God bless and keep you Dave. Iron ore was in your blood. Know that you have a band of brothers and sisters that miss you very much.
    Blessings and peace to the family,
    Hugs Dave
    Love, Sandy

  3. Roy Pontinen says:

    Terry and Family, I am sorry to hear about Dave, he was a very nice person and good co-worker. Rest In Peace Dave.

  4. Chris Frosaker says:

    Curlo and Kerry
    I am really saddened to learn of David’s passing. He was a really good guy. My son Dan always said what great guy he was to work with too. I remember how much I always enjoyed talking to David in the Sportspage, especially talking about NASCAR and how much he enjoyed going to the races. He will be missed. My thoughts and love to all the family.

  5. Steve Peterson says:

    We are heartbroken over the loss of your brother David. He always greeted you with a smile and a genuine, sincere ask on how you and the family were doing. A gentleman who came from the best. I will miss his one liners and quick wit, because he always had a story to tell. God speed DeeDee, you were one of a kind and we loved you.
    Steve & Chris Peterson

  6. Trudi mellak says:

    I’ll miss your stories of moose hunting and fishing trips, standing at the end of the bar at the Sportspage. God speed my friend.

  7. Bill Vranicar says:

    Very sorry to hear of the loss of DeeDee.He was truly a great guy.I always have fond memories of going fishing to Lac La Croix.May he Rest in Peace.

  8. Mike & Nancy Korpi says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Pease know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Jean Santelli Raasch and Ben says:

    Our deepest condolences. David had a sweet heart and infectious smile which will be greatly missed. Even though there have been many miles apart and years of not seeing each other, the family love was never far. May David rest in peace. Sending virtual hugs to all.

  10. Susan Proctor says:

    Kerry, Curlo and families,
    I am so very sorry to hear about DeeDee… I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers… Sending hugs!!! Suzie

  11. thomas "rosko" roskoski says:

    curlo &kerry : sorry to hear of davids passing . he was my opposit when we worked at minntac , i was agglom he was conc. always a great guy to work with. always was glad to see him whenever we saw each other off the job . he will be missed but never forgotten .

  12. Tom Soderberg says:

    I am saddened to hear of David’s passing. He a good person and a great friend and will be missed by many. I pray the Lord gives comfort to his family!

  13. John Koivisto says:

    Sorry to hear. I met Dave in mining and really enjoyed him. Nice guy. This virus is really hitting home!

  14. Tom Bocchi says:

    Curlo and Kerry,
    I was very sadden to hear of the passing of my childhood buddy and life long friend DeeDee. I always looked forward to meeting and talking with him when I returned to Virginia. My deepest sympathy and condolences to both of you and your families. May he rest in peace and enjoy eternal happiness in the after life.

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