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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
David L. Gunlikson
March 20, 1951 - September 1, 2022

Residence: Prescott, AZ

David Gunlikson, 71, of Prescott, AZ, passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at the Circle of Life Memory Care Home in Prescott, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

David was born the second son to Julian and Lorraine (Emery) Gunlikson on March 20, 1951 sharing a birthday with his older brother Roger who turned one that day! He grew up in Zahl, ND and graduated from Grenora High School with the class of 1969.

Music was a very important part of his life from a young age. He played the piano and organ at the church in Zahl and continued to play for numerous weddings, funerals and church services in the area and accompanied many singers for various events. He could just sit down and play without any music in front of him and was able to enjoy that gift all of his life until just the last year or so when the Dementia took over.

Dave moved to Williston after high school and attended UND-Williston. After that he worked at numerous jobs including Family Thrift Center, the funeral homes and the Post Office but found his niche selling cars. He enjoyed his time working at Jerry Harmon Motors along with dealerships in Minot, Dickinson, Rapid City and Mesa, AZ. He loved visiting with people and making the sale along with the comradery and fun that came with working at those jobs. It was said there were just a few pranks, jokes and a little mischief that went on amongst them. He also had a real knack for the business end of it. Dave had a memory second to none and he was everyone’s friend. You were a stranger only once and he probably knew your address too. His last job in the car business was Sales Manager for a GMC Dealership in Mesa, AZ. He spent the last few years of his life in Prescott, AZ in a Senior Community surrounded by people he enjoyed and were so good to him.

Dave married Denise Bradley and to this union came one son Bradley David Gunlikson. Brad along with his wife Deana and their two daughters have been the light of his life!! Grandpa Dave was so Proud!!!

Dave is survived by his son, Brad and wife Deana; his 2 granddaughters, Vivian and Gemma and Brad’s mom, Denise (Reed) Wilson. His brothers, Roger (Pam), Lee, and Don (Carol Ann) Gunlikson; and sisters, Laurie Bartz, Janet (Rick) Tangedal and Sandy (Rod) Opperud and their families. His nephews and nieces, aunts and uncles and cousins were so important to him too. He loved nothing more than surprising us and others by showing up at a family gathering unannounced!

He is also survived by his good friend, Dave DeLong and all the caretakers and friends in the Prescott Senior Living Area. Our family would like to express our sincere thanks to all of them for being so good to David and watching out for him especially these last few difficult years.

Dave is preceded in death by his parents; his brother-in-law, Ron Bartz; nephew, Travis Gunlikson and great-nephew, Micah Bartz. God Bless the Memory of David Gunlikson.

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Norma Vennes (Saint Michael, Minnesota)
Sep 8, 2022
David's Son Brad, I knew David well as a young man. He was a bright, witty, well groomed, and loving young man. He was a welcomed guest in my home numerous times and my family always looked forward to seeing him. I am saddened his journey in later life has been so challenging for him, however I am thankful for the fond memories I have of David. My sympathy to you. Norma
Cathy Cartier (Williston,, ND)
Sep 22, 2022
I worked with David at Family Thrift Center. You always knew when he was in your presence. He was uplifting and had a fun personality like no other. My sympathy to the family, knowing that he is not a peace. Cherish the memories.
Kathleen Smith (Williston, ND)
Sep 22, 2022
David was loved by many! He was thoughtful, fun, and kind. Prayers and Blessings for his family.
Duane Jorstad (Queen Creek, AZ)
Sep 22, 2022
A great guy from a great family. Our prayers for the
family. Rest in peace Dave. Your wit will be missed
by all !!
Duane and Lori Jorstad
Lester&Leslyan Ronholdt & Family (Williston, N.D.)
Sep 22, 2022
Our deepest condolences to the entire family.
Marsha Semingson (Chandler, AZ)
Sep 24, 2022
I ran into Dave at a car dealership in Gilbert, AZ. I was shopping for a car and visiting with a salesman. The salesman left the table where I was sitting and Dave walked over and said, “You are from Williston”. I said that I was and he preceded to tell me my name, where I worked in Williston and that my mother-in-law had just passed away. I was a little freaked out until he told me who he was. He made a difference that day and I felt confident buying a car at that dealership because he worked there and I trusted him. Rest In Peace, Dave. My sympathy to his family. He was a great guy.
Kari Oyen Hite (Tucson, AZ)
Sep 28, 2022
My sincere condolences to all of the Gunlikson family. David was a warm kind soul when I knew many years ago now in the Zahl/Grenora area
Shawna Kleven (Williston, ND)
Sep 28, 2022
So sorry to hear about Dave. Warm condolences to his family!
Ron and Carol Ann (Carri) Green (Mesquite, NV)
Sep 30, 2022
Nothing but fond memories of David!!! Always the life of the party! Our sincere sympathy to all of his loved ones. Ron and Carri
Dale Vennes (Owasso, Ok)
Sep 30, 2022
My family's hearts are with you and your family.
Jill Gunlikson Lenhart (Chippewa Falls, WI)
Sep 30, 2022
David was a wonderful cousin; I just loved it when he stopped by mom & dads to visit. He always had a story (or several) to share and make us laugh! So sorry to miss the funeral, we are with you in spirit; sending you love and prayers as you grieve his loss. The video tribute is beautiful.
Joanne Colebank (WILLISTON, ND)
Oct 1, 2022
I had the pleasure of working with Dave at the post office and every thought of that brings a smile to my face - he made it fun to come to work - always up to some shenanigans to make everyone laugh. He had an uncanny ability to remember where everyone lived, so hard to believe that he struggled with memory issues in the last years of his life - maybe he had just too much stored in that memory bank of his! Rest in God's Peace, Dave - you are remembered fondly by so many!
Mick Eberle (Williston , Nd )
Oct 2, 2022
WOW, what a awesome video of a very awesome man.
Thanks God and Gunlickson family for sharing David .
Mick and Carol
Nancy Hoffelt (Williston , ND)
Oct 2, 2022
Having David as a friend meant your life would be infused with laughter, music, and fun. He was such a good guy! He loved people and truly cared about them. David was always willing to help if needed. Family meant everything to him. God bless you all as you mourn the loss of one so dear.
Peggy Ledahl-Schmidt (Bismarck, ND)
Oct 2, 2022
I have many fond memories of David! He really was a fun and talented guy! My condolences to his friends and family.
David DeLong (Prescott, Az)
Oct 3, 2022
David was the best friend anyone could ever hope for and it was my honor to take care of him all of these years although I believe he actually took better care of me knowing one day he would be gone. I am still learning from him every day and how to treat people right and be a better person. So hard to let go but he must be free to watch over everyone that he loved. Miss him so much. Rest in peace my friend.
Jon Corpron (Stanley/Gilbert, ND/AZ)
Oct 9, 2022
RIP Dave.
Laura Stone
Nov 22, 2022
What a wonderful person! I picture David in heaven going from one cloud to the next entertaining people with his funny stories and playing the piano. I remember him as always smiling. David, I miss you.
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