David K Riesterer

December 29, 1945June 13, 2013

David Konrad Riesterer, 67, of Fleming Island, Florida, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013. David was born December 29, 1945, to Ella May and Karl Riesterer in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1967 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. David earned his Wings of Gold at the Naval Aviation Training Center Pensacola, Florida and in 1969 was assigned to fly Combat Helicopter Missions with HMM-364, the Purple Foxes, at Marble Mountain Air Facility, Vietnam. Upon his return from Vietnam, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and became a Flight Instructor and Standardization Pilot at NAS Whiting Field flying T-28 aircraft. David was honorably discharged from the USMC in 1973, and started a new career with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller in Hilliard, Florida. During his 27 year career with the FAA, David earned the position of Area Supervisor and retired in 2000. David was a member of Rotary Sunrise in Orange Park and New Grace Church on Fleming Island. David is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda, and his daughter, Dr. Kelly (Christian) Groth. His first grandchild is due in July. Other survivors include his brother, Karl (Elaine) Riesterer, his sister, Susan (Anthony) Golden and his nieces, JoEllen Click and Kelly Golden, and his nephews, Clifton and Bradley Golden. The memorial service to celebrate David's life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at New Grace Church, 5804 Highway 17, Fleming Island, Florida 32003. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated for Community Hospice of Northeast Florida (4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257) and Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunrise Charities (Tel. 904-635-5701). HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME, 127 Blanding Blvd. Orange Park, FL 32073 in charge of arrangements. Post tributes at


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Julie Balke

August 1, 2013

Dearest Linda, I am just now getting used to this terrible news and hoping that the shock will dissipate soon. I only just discovered it today while trying to find your numbers. Jim and I are so sorry for the loss of your husband and best friend. He was a wonderful guy and he will be missed by many. Please call us when you have a chance. We owe you doughnuts.

Dan McKnight

July 8, 2013

Linda and Kelly,

It's with a heavy heart I offer my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you as I share your grief.
Dave came into my life August 13, 1967. I have so many memories of times we had together, going through flight school, being roommates in New River, being a groomsman in your wedding, and serving together in Viet Nam. So many good times but the thing I will always remember is that Dave was not just a friend but a gentleman and a genuine good person. I am grateful he came into my life. He will always remain in my thoughts and will be sorely missed.

Dave -- Semper Fi
This Buds for you!

John Kenney

June 25, 2013

Well what do you say about a friend ,brother and one that knows all your good and bad. Mostly I loved David. I saw him during our teen years every day.I saw him as a guy that had honor .He taught me the right thing to do that I did not it every time .His parents were so loving me they called me there 3rdson.Mr. Riesterer would check my report card and after the first time he took me into his den and honestly explained why I should study better and I did.There were so many times I could tell about but most being his man of honor was an thing I always try to be . John Kenney Laplata Maryland

Kathy McIlvaine

June 22, 2013

Linda -- please know that our prayers are with you today. I'm sorry we weren't able to attend the service today but you and your family have been in our thoughts. Blessings to you all. John and Kathy

Leona & Harry Davis

June 22, 2013

Dear Linda and Kelly........David will be sorely missed by many ! We will be there for you in any way we can.....please don't hesitate to call. I have heard a funeral called a 'home going'. David's was certainly that. We thank God for the time we had with David and praise Him for the opportunity to share his home going with so many of the people who knew and loved him. May The Lord comfort all of us in his loss.

June 22, 2013

David had the light that we are given to maintain.God I am sure is very proud of him that he respected that trust as we are .He was a gentleman and a friend.He and his family will always be in our prayers. Jim and Eretta Ryan

Jenn Matthews

June 22, 2013

Linda, you and your family are in my thoughts. I have very fond memories with you and David, for office gatherings and my Christmas Party. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of love and hugs.

Dean and Mary Ann Denmark

June 22, 2013

Linda and Kelly,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We appreciate David's service for our country and are thankful for his being a wonderful husband and father. May your memories comfort you.
God bless you, his friends, and extended family.
Love, Dean and Mary Ann Denmark

June 22, 2013

Karl and Susan - My thoughts and best wishes go out to you as you grieve the loss of a wonderful brother. We were children together - I always knew David would "amount to something :)"
I wish he had lived to see his grandchild.
Ellen Musser Wright

Tom and Anne Davis

June 21, 2013

Tom and I are so sorry for your loss and are praying for you..Linda, and Kelly and the rest of the family. God Bless.