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326 Terry St, Longmont
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Phone: 303-776-2313
David Stischer

David Walter "Dave" Stischer

Sunday, May 14th, 1961 - Sunday, January 6th, 2019
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David Walter Stischer, 57 of Longmont, passed away January 6, 2019 after living 3 years with Glioblastoma. David was born May 14, 1961 on the Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, WA to Walter and Mary (Fowler) Stischer. He spent his early years in Austin, TX and graduated from Crockett High School in 1979. At the age of 16, Dave received his pilot license and began his lifelong passion for flying.

He attended the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1983. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force, serving joyfully and proudly from 1983-1996. While in the Air Force he flew F-16’s, T-37’s and the F-117 “Stealth Fighter.” After honorable discharge, Dave became a pilot with United Airlines, flying until his diagnosis grounded him.

On August 25, 1990 he married the love of his life, Rhonda Zethmayr in Albany, GA. They moved to Longmont, CO in 1996. Dave and his family were longtime members of Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot, where he served as an elementary Sunday school teacher for years. Known as “Smiling Dave” to those who knew and loved him, he lived life to the fullest pursuing his passions of faith, family and flying. He passed peacefully, in unwavering faith, at home with the presence of his beloved family.

David is survived by his wife, Rhonda Stischer and their four daughters; Rebecca (Victor) Nguyen of Kailua, HI, Hannah Stischer of Salt Lake City, UT, Sarah and Mary Stischer of Fort Collins, CO, his father, USAF Ret. Col Walt Stischer of Austin, TX, mother, Mary and her husband USMC Ret. Lt. Col. Henry “Skeeter” Commiskey of Mexia, TX, two sisters, Kathleen Burnette of Austin, TX and Tricia (Gordon) Bergh of Hawkins, TX as well as many other loved family members.

A celebration of life will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, January 12 at Rocky Mountain Christian Church, Niwot Campus. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at
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    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 2:30pm
    Rocky Mountain Christian Church - Niwot Campus
    9447 Niwot Road
    NIWOT, CO 80503
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Evan & Lynda Smith

Posted at 02:25pm
Our hearts goes out to Rhonda & his earthly family. I first met Stisch my first day of BCT in 1979. We were roomies that long summer and I'll never forget his joyfully attitude, even when things were tough. I've never met anyone with such a love of everything, including the small scraps of bread we scrounged. His 'honking' laughter still rings in my ears from when he would call me "Smythe" while trying to cheer me up. The Earth is a lesser place, but Heaven rejoices. "I go to prepare a place for you . . ." We miss you, Stisch!

Brigette Bacheller

Posted at 09:28am
My condolences to the family. I worked with Dave at United Airlines. I worked in Flt Ops and he was always friendly and lite up the room with his contagious smile. He'll be missed and will be always remembered. God Bless

Scott Walker

Posted at 04:53pm
Dave -- friend, classmate, fellow glider IP and Viper driver. Always there with a smile and support for those in need. Leaving us much too soon -- "Here's A Toast..."

Doug & Cindy Montgomery

Posted at 02:08pm
Love you Stischer family - so sorry for huge loss of such a Godly and wonderful husband and father, etc. Love and prayers for all of you in this tough time. Dave was always happy and smiling - making everyone's day better when you saw him! What an amazing legacy you all have! Doug & I just donated to Compassion in his loving and beautiful memory! Love you all!

Pat Hanford

Posted at 01:22am
Like so many, I can picture Dave’s smiling face (and I will, for the rest of my life) as if I saw it yesterday. Always with a warm greeting and inspiring, contagious enthusiasm. Classmate, fellow soaring instructor, and every Friday night we’d be at His Bible Study at the home of Phil and Marty Meinert. There are few on this earth who reflect the joy of Christ in the uplifting way that Dave did. Thank you God, for giving us Stisch, and may his example inspire us to look upward. --“Fat Pandorn” (that’s what he used to like calling me:)

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