David Jacob Reisig, 71, Russell, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.
He was born Dec. 24, 1947, in Russell to Jacob D. Reisig and Olga Marie Steponick. He was a 1965 graduate of Russell High School and achieved his bachelor's degree in Agronomy from Kansas State University.
He married Pamela Kaye Weckman on Jan. 26, 1969, and enjoyed 50 years of marriage with three vow renewals over the years. She preceded him in death in August 2019. In the early 1970s, he served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force Pararescue, providing long distance ocean recovery rescue missions. In 1974, he brought his family back to Russell to farm. In the early 1980s, they started Reisig Seeds, a business that sold seed wheat and other crop seed to farmers in Kansas and to the wheat grass industry nationwide.
In 2011, they were awarded the 2010 Kansas Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker award for their work and success in agriculture and their service to the local community.
He was a member of the Kansas Crop Improvement Association and a founding member of the Sunrise Kiwanis in Russell. He gave of his time to the Russell Future Farmers of America and his church.
He enjoyed spending time at their vacation home in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and watching his grandchildren grow up.
Survivors include two daughters, Heather, Russell and Erica and husband, Jiri, Petaluma, Calif.; and two grandchildren, David and Dahlia, Petaluma.
A celebration of life for he and his wife will be at noon Nov. 16, 2019, at Elks Lodge in Russell.
Memorials are suggested to Kansas Daughters of the American Revolution in care of Janet Lake, State Treasurer 22603 W. 72nd Street Shawnee, KS 66227with Pamela Reisig Memorial Fund in the memo, or Russell High School Future Farmers of America, 565 State Street, Russell, KS 67665 with David Reisig Memorial Fund in the memo.