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David J. Gifford, 79

David J. Gifford, 79

Died April 13, 2017

David J. Gifford, age 79, of Plum City, passed away suddenly Saturday, April 13, at his home.

David was born on Sept. 22, 1937, in the Town of Pepin, rural Pepin County. He was the son of James A. and Agnes (Hotter) Gifford. David went to Plum City Elementary School and Plum City High School, graduating in 1956. After graduation, David farmed with his father James Gifford and shortly thereafter purchased the family farm. David married his best friend of six years, Betty A. Schladweiler Feb. 27, 1965, in the Twin Cities.

David never considered farming to be an occupation, to him it was a way of life. Upon being asked when he'd be ready to retire, his response was always, "This is my hobby and it's what I want to do." David had a great sense of humor and along with his gift of gab' enjoyed time with family and friends.

David is survived by his two children, Sue (fianc, Dave Greenwell) Krumenauer of Cedarburg, and Dianna (Paul) Breen of Madison; two grandchildren, Kelsey and Sean; two brothers, James "Jim" (Clara) of Durand, and DeWayne of Eau Claire; one sister, Sharon (Kenneth) Trainor of Elmwood; two brothers-in-law, Robert Krogstad of Eau Claire, and Harold "Butch" Bechel of Plum City; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; son-in-law, Jeff Krumenauer; two sisters, Patricia Krogstad and Linda Bechel; and one brother, Ken Gifford.

A celebration of life was held at Molly's from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23.

Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in Plum City at a later date.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family. Condolences may be made online at