David Melmer


David Ward Melmer graduated from Lake Andes (S.D.) High School in 1958. He received a degree in broadcasting from Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minn., and then moved to Winona, Minn., where he worked as news director at KWNO and met his beloved wife of 50 years, Janeen.
David later received a bachelor of fine arts (1978) and a master of fine arts (1980) at the University of South Dakota.
Throughout his life, he was dedicated to working towards peace and justice and fighting for those who are marginalized in our society. He had an extraordinary love for the arts and spent many years of his life in the theater.
David’s passions led him to build a lengthy resume of writing, directing and performing, most notably performing at the renowned Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. He later returned to his journalism roots, writing for Indian Country Today, a national Native American newspaper.
David had a caring and loving soul which shined when he talked about his family, especially his grandchildren.
David died Jan. 6, 2018, following a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was 76. Despite his illness, he fought hard to maintain a good quality of life until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Leora Melmer; and brother, Dennis, who died in infancy.
David is survived by his wife, Janeen; children, Stephanie and Christopher (Amy) Melmer; grandchildren, Tessa, Kylie, Makari and many extended family members and close friends.
A memorial service will be held in Hot Springs, S.D., at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church April 14. Details will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to The American Indian College Fund at col
legefund.org or The Battle Mountain Humane Society at battlemountainhumane
society423.bravesites.com in Hot Springs are preferred.