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David "Tut" Tuttle, 66

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David E. "Tut" Tuttle, age 66, died peacefully at home Tuesday, Nov. 19, after a courageous battle with kidney cancer.

A 1965 graduate of Hastings High School, he then attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.

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David served four years in the U.S. Navy and worked as an aviation electrician on the U.S.S. Oriskany aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War.

He worked as an industrial electrician for many years in the Twin Cities area.

He and his wife Diane were happily blessed with eight years of full-time travel in their motor home. They saw a great deal of the United States, including a driving trip to Alaska, and shared many wonderful experiences and memories.

David loved reading, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. He was very knowledgeable in troubleshooting mechanical problems and helped many people out over the years. He will be especially missed by son Ben and Diane as he knew so much about many things and was their go-to-guy whenever they were curious, questioning, or in need of help.

He is survived by wife Diane of 38 years; son Benjamin of Tehachapi, Calif.; sister Kris (Jim) Slagle of Cape Coral, Fla.; brothers Robert (Jackie) of Eagle River, Alaska, and Clinton (Susan) of Perry, Maine; many nieces and nephews; and special four-legged traveling companions Cookie and Hunter.

He was preceded in death by parents Robert and Josephine (Keindl); and infant brother.

Funeral service will be Saturday, Nov. 23, at Hastings United Methodist Church, with Pastor Chris Kneen officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the church, service at 12 p.m. and luncheon to follow at the Hastings Country Club. Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery at a later time.

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