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    Thief River Falls - David “Red” Honstine, 70, died on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, after a short and courageous battle with cancer, at Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls, with his loving family at his side.
    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 (today) at the Chapel of Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls. Interment with military honors will be provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793 and the Ecklund-Holmstrom American Legion Post 117 at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
    Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the funeral home.
    David Frederick Honstine was born on Jan. 9, 1942 in Huntingdon, Pa., the son of David H. and Edna M. (Rupert) Honstine. He was baptized and confirmed into the Methodist faith in Huntingdon. David attended the William Smith Elementary School and graduated from the Huntingdon Area High School in 1959.
    David was united in marriage to Sylvia “Toots” Prough in 1960 in Huntingdon, Pa., and to this union three children were born, Elizabeth, Virginia, and Sherry.  They made their home in South Carolina and Pennsylvania.
    David proudly served with the United States Navy from 1959 until 1979. Red served on numerous ships and submarines throughout his career and did two tours in Vietnam. Red’s 1st tour of duty in Vietnam was with a MAC V advisory group as an advisor/instructor with the Vietnamese Naval “Junk” force on patrol off South Vietnam. He was also skipper on a river patrol boat off the Mekong River during his 2nd tour. Red received various awards and citations during his military career including: Good Conduct Medal 5th Award, Expert Rifle Marksmanship Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert .45 Caliber Pistol Medal, Navy & Marine Meritorious Unit-Commend, RVN Meritorious Unit Citation, Armed Forces Expiditonary Medal, Navy Unit Commend, and Vietnam Civil Action Ribbon.
    On Oct. 5, 1979, Red was honorably discharged as Chief Petty Officer.  On this same day, Red was united in marriage to Patsy Ann Ballard in San Diego, Calif. Later that month, they moved to Thief River Falls, where they have lived all of their married life. For a few years, they owned and operated Hanson’s Sewing and Tischard’s Fabric Store in Thief River Falls. He also worked as an over-the-road truck driver, worked at Arctic Cat and also at Brodin’s.
    Red was an avid sportsman; he enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout his life.  He mentored the local youth for gun training and safety for many years.  Red also had a great love of riding his motorcycle.
    Red was a member of the Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 2793 in Thief River Falls where was active as an officer and Honor Guard member.  Red participated in numerous funerals, parades and veteran events.
    Survivors include children, Elizabeth Honstine and companion Michelle Shaffer of Gardners, Pa., Virginia (Honstine) and husband Timothy Snare of Huntingdon, Pa., and Sherry (Honstine) Wagner of Huntingdon, Pa.; stepchildren, Cindy and Mike Skinner of Thief River Falls,  David Ballard of Thief River Falls; grandchildren, Timothy D., Carl, Sarah, Allen, Adam, Ryan, Michael W., Nick, Logan, Marissa, Ashley, Melissa, Michael A., Sarah, Meggan and Shawn; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth D. Honstine of Huntingdon, Pa.; and his many friends and beloved dog, Belle.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy in 2010; parents; step-son, Paul Ballard; and infant great-granddaughter, Kayle Wagner.
    Family condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.