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November 29, 1944 – Sunday, December 27, 2015

Service Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
Thursday, December 31, 2015
11:00 AM

Visitation Information
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
4 – 8 PM, 7 PM prayer service

David A. Fiedler, age 71, of Buffalo, MN, passed away peacefully at his home on December 27th, 2015 from cancer.

Dave grew up on a farm near Pierz, MN. He became a Marine Corps Sharpshooter and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Biology from St. Cloud State University. He was a science teacher at Buffalo High School for 33 years, followed by 14 years of substitute teaching in schools throughout the area. A gifted and patient teacher who was happiest when serving others, Dave touched thousands of lives while sharing his passion for science and nature.

Dave had many hobbies that kept him outside, including hunting, fishing, beekeeping, bird banding, wildlife identification, running, and grilling. His love of teaching and nature led him to teach numerous youth firearm safety classes, 4-H archery, and beekeeping apprentices.
He was a caring husband, loving dad and devoted grandpa who frequently traveled to visit his children and grandchildren.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Evelyn Fiedler; his baby brother, John Fiedler; and his nephew, Steve Johnson.

Dave is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol; daughters, Julie (Jeffrey) Wright, Jenny (Jon) Davenport, and Molly (Derek) Lamb; grandchildren, Leoria, Estalee, and Idabelle Davenport, and Brendan and Tristan Lamb; and siblings Dorothy (Jerry) Johnson, Shirley Moen, Don (Jackie) Fiedler, Mary (Carl) Peters, Jerry (Dorothy Bachan) Fiedler, Phyllis (Jerry) Feia, and Wanda Moen.

Wake will be held Wednesday, December 30th from 4 to 8 PM, with a prayer service at 7 PM, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Further visitation will be held one hour prior to mass at church. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, December 31st, 11:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.

Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. 763-682-1363.

38 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jan Heyerdahl

    My sympathy to the family of Mr. Fiedler, my favorite biology teacher. Mr. Fiedler won my respect years ago with his genuine love for God’s world and for his passion to help others learn. I pray his family will know God’s peace and comfort.

  2. Josie Kolasa

    Molly and family; I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great man and one of my favorite teachers (even though it was my least favorite subject haha) Wishing you peace and love in the coming days.

  3. Dan DeWolfe

    Very sorry for your loss. Dave, may you rest in peace with the hope that one of the minds you helped inspire will contribute to finding a cure for cancer.

  4. Sarah (Norman) Swart

    My deepest sympathies for your family’s loss. Mr. Fiedler was an amazing teacher. I have many childhood memories (4-H) that he is part of…his love of birds, nature, photography, and bee keeping are just a few. Again, my deepest sympathy.

  5. Cindy Anderson

    Thoughts and prayers to the Fiedler family and friends during this time. Mr. Fiedler was a great teacher and I have fond memories of being in his Biology class 20+ years ago.

  6. Bill and Mary Toms

    Carol and family; So sad to hear of your loss. Our sympathies to all of you.

  7. Tennille Police elka

    This news comes with great sadness! He was a great teacher and a very kind hearted man!


    Carol and Family; I am so sorry for your loss. Dave always had a smile and a hi for me when he was subbing in the building. He was way to young to die and so much family to live for. Sly

  9. everett smithson

    A rare and great human being. He got me interested in animals of all kinds. Traded deer hunting notes with him a couple years ago. He will be missed.

  10. Lori Graybill

    Our sympathy to the family. Mr. Fiedler was a very special and great teacher to our now grown children. We will always remember him as the teacher who encouraged students to bring him roadkill. That was about as hands on as you get.

  11. Randle Corfman, PhD, MD

    David Fiedler was an inspiring teacher who was kind enough to invite me to teach annually in his Human Anatomy class. This has become a tradition at Buffalo High School, thanks to his willingness and enthusiasm for making a difference in his student’s lives. He will be missed.

  12. Lisabeth (Morrow) Rebney

    So sorry to hear of this great loss. Praying for your family. So thankful for Mr. Fiedler teaching how to appreciate God’s creation. He always had a smile, and always found a way to share how proud he was of his daughters!

  13. Jerry and Gayle Litfin

    Carol and family:
    So very sorry for your loss. We lost touch and were not aware of Dave’s battle. So very sorry!

    Jerry and Gayle

  14. Michelle Paripovich Thompson

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Mr. Fiedler was one of my favorite teachers. He was always so caring and friendly. His passion for science made his students want to learn. I will always remember him taking the time to make connections with each of his students-before it was common for teachers to do so. He always listened and was so respectful and understanding. He made such a difference in my life. I feel blessed to have had him as a teacher. My prayers are with you.

  15. Charlene Schmidt

    I had the fortunate experience of teaching with Dave and Roger substituted for Carol when Julie was born. Thus, we became good friends during our time in Buffalo. I will always remember Dave’s positive outlook and love for all things in nature. Carol and family, our hearts go out to you. God Bless you and give you peace in this difficult time.
    Roger and Charlene Schmidt

  16. Ron & Joy Warner

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult of times.

  17. Ron & Joy Warner

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

  18. Loren Kothrade

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathies.
    Mr. Fiedler was a supportive and encouraging teacher. So much so that he asked that our family’s pet raccoon be brought to Biology class. Had a lot of fun in his class. He will be missed.

  19. Stacy Krause

    Julie and family; Sorry to hear of your loss. He was an amazing teacher and dad. I learned so much from him. My prayers go out to your all.
    Stacy Krause

  20. Jessica Weldele Handt

    I had Mr. Fiedler as a biology teacher many years ago. He was a very interesting teacher and made class fun. He was a really kind teacher. I also remember Mr. Fiedler speaking proudly of his children. I bet he was an awesome grandfather! Blessings to all of you!

  21. Craig Shepard

    I’m very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. His passion for bees was infectious and his willingness and desire to share his knowledge inspiring. My thoughts and prayers go out to Carol and all of his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

  22. Terri (Theis) Gerdes, MD

    My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Fiedler. I was one of his biology students at BHS, graduating in 1981. His love of science was a true inspiration to me. He was an important teacher and mentor for me, and influenced my decision to pursue medical school. I distinctly remember learning to identify about 100 MInnesota birds in his class, and can still recognize birds by their calls he taught us to hear. I also have quite vivid recollections of frog dissection and the chick embryos we studied. He fostered our curiosity, and taught us to be fascinated and not squeamish about wildlife anatomy. He worked at the high school with my father, who also passed away last week. The world has lost two fine men who were great educators. We share your loss.

  23. Deb Craft

    He has touched so many lives. We will miss his knowledge, attitude and smile.

  24. Catchy Riebel

    BHS Class of 75; He was an inspiration to many! My favorite quote from his Biology class (when he was wrapping up new information) “for what it’s worth”

  25. Pat and lon johnson

    We were sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I know he meant so much to his family. Our thoughts are with you all and with his twin brother, Don, and with all the Fiedlers. May you find peace and remember all the good moments of his life.

  26. Naomi Hinz

    Julie and family,
    A great teacher and kindest, most patient man was taken too soon. I remember the biology class but also the meets he came and cheered us on at. My condolences to you.

  27. Debra Held Fant

    My classmates of BHS ’71 let me know of Mr. Fiedler’s death and I reach out to you who love him dearly with condolences for your loss, and also for gratitude to have had his presence and gifts while a biology student. A rather silly escapade occurs to me – we talked of how to view a single cell under the microscope and I had learned by cooking for my family for many years about how onions had a thin membrane that could be separated easily from the body of the onion. We tried it and I think it worked….maybe that’s just my hope speaking, but it was one of those “aha!” shadings that he was very receptive of and made me feel special. He established in me a secure base of biologic science and appreciation of the natural world and how things work. I have had a career as a professional nurse, an advocate and love of living close to nature in the Oregon coastal temperate rainforest most recently and wish I could have shared some of that with him. Blessings for his soul journey and for that of all who survive him.

  28. gary and sandy brophy

    Dear Carol and family;
    What a tribute Dave has received thru the many loving messages that have been posted. May you feel the Lords peace in the coming days knowing that Dave is at peace as well.

    Gary and Sandy Brophy

  29. Ron Muntifering

    I just recently read that God shows his love through Scripture and the world. To see God’s love through the smallest plant/animal to the largest mountain/ocean, Dave knew this quite well and showed it. May he enjoy his new world and may Jesus Christ help you through your loss.

  30. Eileen Erickson

    I had the pleasure of working with Dave when I was at the front office at the high school. He was a great teacher and a super guy to know!!

  31. Carrie Hickman

    Thinking of all of you in this very difficult time. Mr. Fielder was an amazing man and wonderful teacher. He taught me a lot. He will be missed by many.

  32. C. LeRoy Erickson

    Dear Fiedler Family,
    We were saddened to hear of Dave’s death. We are down in Florida and just got the word. We worked with Dave for many years at the high school. Did not know he was a sharp shooter; but did know of a lot of the volunteer work he did for for the environment, for the school and for school, the gun safety classes, etc. We also remember the participation by his classes in the BHM “Food Drives”. He / his classes were always first or second in these drives for food for our communities! His volunteerism continued way after his retirement from BHS schools. Thanks for your and your families commitment to volunteerism! Yours truly, C. LeRoy Erickson and Laurie Raymond

  33. C. LeRoy Erickson

    Dear Fiedler Family,
    We were shocked by the news of Dave’s death. We taught with Dave for many years and remember his volunteerism (gun safety classes, recycling to get monies for stuffing everything in sight, checking on the frogs in the ponds around Wright County, etc.) His teaching of tough new classes, like anatomy / kinesiology, etc. He was a stalwart in the food drives at BHM. He and his classes finished 1st or 2nd every year in providing food for area residents. This is a secret; however, they would stash items away and bring them in the last day to claim victory for them and the people of Wright County! Thank you Dave.
    Yours truly, C. LeRoy Erickson and Laurie Raymond

  34. Todd Lundeen

    My sympathies Carol, to you and your family. Mr. Fiedler was a great role model for me, too. His love for Gods creation and love for teaching was also influential on me. I will be praying for you in the coming days, that God would wrap His loving arms around you.

  35. Mary Kay Melcher Mans

    Our biology class was one of his first classes at Buffalo, I think, and we really enjoyed his teaching. I think of him when I drive past the “new high school” where I helped Dave mark the black wing blackbird nests in the wetland beside the school. Dave will be much missed. Our family will keep the Fiedler family in our prayers.

  36. Peter Varner

    It saddens me to hear of your great loss. I was a student of Mr. Fiedler(class of 98′) and thoroughly enjoyed the education I received. I often refer to his teachings in my nursing career. Such a great man. My prayers are with you and your family.
    -Peter Varner

  37. Allison Moser

    I didn’t know your husband in the way that most of your friends leaving condolences here did. However, I do know you and the kind person you are. You were with Dave for enough years for me to know that he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and much loved science teacher. Thinking of you at this time and in the days and months ahead.
    Allison Moser

  38. jeremy davidson

    Mr. fiedler was the best teacher I had in Buffalo. He will be missed.


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