Evans Funeral Home

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New Rockford and Carrington, North Dakota
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David W. Irmen

"Crazy Dave"


David “Crazy Dave” Irmen died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 5, 2017, in rural Bremen, ND, at the age of 61.  


David Walter Irmen was born on September 8, 1956, in New Rockford, ND to Walter and Margaret “Peggy” Irmen. Dave graduated from Cathay High School in 1975. He married Pennie Seiler, his high school sweetheart, in December 1979. After moving to New Rockford, Dave bought and ran Northern Lights Auto Body over 7 years. The couple welcomed 4 children into their home. His children remember him as a loving/kind/gentle/driven father who encouraged them to pursue their goals.


Dave was accomplished in managing / auto body / electrical / carpentry / as a Truck Driver and often Jack of all Trades. Dave owned and ran the Crazy Dave’s Fireworks in New Rockford for 32 years. He recently started working for Park Construction, his current job was water/moisture drainage control for the railroad. He had set a new daily record of 47 completed, then days later had 60 completions, where the previous record was 32. He always had to prove that his age was no limit to the task at hand. He was a generous/witty/dedicated/life of the party individual who was passionate about family/friends/work. He was a member of the New Rockford Eagles Club and Golf Course.


Dave is survived by his wife, Pennie "Seiler" Irmen; children, Alisya Thomas, Dellen (April) Irmen, Alexis Irmen; 9 Grandchildren; his mother Margaret “Peggy” Irmen; 5 brothers: Tony (Susan) Irmen, Robert (Cheri) Irmen, Don (Ann) Irmen, Greg (Linda) Irmen, Steve (DeeDee) Irmen, 3 sisters: Kathy (Rusty) Hewitt, Margaret Wittmann, and Karen (Wayne) Seckerson.


He is preceded in death by his father, Walter Irmen; infant son, Devin Irmen; brother, Leon Irmen; sisters  Patricia Lange and  Mary Irmen.

The Family extends their sincere thanks, appreciation and gratitude to all friends and well-wishers for the calls, visits, time, resources, cards, flowers, tributes, etc. during this time of celebration and reflection of Dave



Tuesday 10AM - 5PM in Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford


Tuesday (Oct 10th) at 7PM in St. John's Catholic Church


St. John's Catholic Church, New Rockford


Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 10:30AM


St. John's Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford.


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Name: Rita Seiler Morey

Date: 10/17/17

Message: Pennie, I saw the photo on Facebook of you, your siblings & your Mom, which was great to see you all. I'm sad to hear it was the death of Dave that brought you all together. You are fortunate to have the love & support from all your family & friends surrounding you.



Name: MaraLyn and Robert Lill

Date: 10-15-17

Message: Our prayers and sympathy go out the Irmen family. Heaven truly has gained another angel.


Name: Lorell Seibold

Date: 10.11.17

Message: To Pennie & family. Just sincerely saddened to hear of this. Time has gone so fast. Back in the day all the neighbors were in Garden Club. This was the start of getting to know Dave & the Walter Irmen family along with being close neighbors. We went to school in NR & Irmens to Cathay but got to know them well especially once they got to New Rockford parties. Great memories. Way too young to go.


Name: Jim Reuther

Date: 10/11/2017

Message: Penny and family, I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. The few times I got to visit with Dave, he seemed to always have a smile on his face and was always fun to be around. God bless to the entire Irmen family.



Name: Colleen and Terry Lund

Date: Oct 10, 2017

Message: My heart is heavy with your family's loss.  No words can express my sincere sympathy to your entire family and friends.  There will be many great memories to keep remembering! !


Name: Stacy Blohm

Date: 10/10/17

Message: My deepest sympathies to Dave's family. He was a great guy to work with, always had a smile, life of the Christmas parties. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family. May the memories bring you comfort.


Name: Rich and Cindy Lund

Date: 10 - 9 - 2017

Message: We were saddened to hear of Dave's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.


Name: Nancy Stokke Lies and Daniel Lies

Date: 10/09/2017

Message: I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Dave. He was a genuinely nice person. Penny- my heart goes out to you, your children and your grandchildren. His life was to short, but he lived his time well. He will be missed by many. Respect and Blessings to your family ---


Name: Brent and Nancy Nerland

Date: 10-09-17

Message: We are so sad to hear of Dave's tragic accident.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all through these sad times.  We remember the smiling Dave that worked for us over 24 years ago.  Dave always  did a good job and did what was expected at a young age.  May God continue to give you strength through these rough times and may you always remember the good times you have had with Dave.


Name: Michael L Nottestad, Park Construction

Date: 10/09/2017

Message: The Park Construction Family would like express our deepest sympathies to Dave's wife Pennie and his entire family. Dave will be sorely missed at Park; he always came to work with a smile on his face and treated his coworkers with respect. Dave was a true professional who prided himself on getting the job done right; first time and every time. No job was too big or too small for him. He was always willing to do any task and he learned extremely quickly.  Due to Dave's natural leadership ability, we believe he would have had an extremely long and successful career with Park. He will be missed!


Name: John & Brenda Schander

Date: 10-8-17

Message: My deepest sympathy goes out to Dave's wife, kids, brothers, sisters, Mom, and the rest of his family. I too remember the "Great Streaker".  Brings back many good memories that us Cathay Alumni had together through all the years of going to school there. Dave was a great guy and a true friend. Always made you laugh and always said hi when you saw him. May God grant you all peace and help guide you through these times of sorrow! We are all better people by having Dave in our lives.  He will forever be in our hearts and minds!


Name: Obregon Family

Date: 10/08/17

Message: Don & family.. Your brother sounds like a brilliant, talented, fun and busy man. We hold your entire family close to our hearts today and always..

The Obregon Family



Name: Wayne Trudeau

Date: 10-8-17

Message: We are so sad thinking about Pennie and her family at this terrible time. Dave was such a fun guy, playing softball and bowling with Dave was a laugh every minute. Traveling and playing softball in tournaments leave me with many memories that make me smile when I think about them. God Bless Dave, Pennie and their family!!



Name: Merle M. Klocke

Date: 10/7/2017

Message: Dave will be dearly missed.  I was so sad to hear about his passing. He was a great person.  I remember all the good times I had with Dave back in New Rockford when we were young. Our prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.  May the Lord bless and comfort Dave's family.  Rest in peace Dave. 



Name: Billy Dillmann

Date: Oct. 7, 2017

Message: My condolences to the Irmen family!! I am saddened to hear of Dave's passing!! He was a great guy I'm glad I got the chance to know him and working with him a Rud Oil /Rud  transportation was always so easy to get along with and worth getting up for work just to shoot the breeze!! He will be missed!!!


Name: Audrey Cook

Date: 10/6/17

Message: I am so devastated by the passing of David.  My thoughts and prayers to his mother, brothers and sisters.  Remember the many family reunions both at the farm and at our home in Annandale.  He now has joined his father, sister and brother in heaven and has completed life's journey.  He will be remembered and missed.



Name: Lori Riedesel & Mike Burns

Date: October 6, 2017

Message: Deepest sympathy to the Irmen family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Lori Riedesel and Mike Burns


Name: Perry & Lauri Anderson

Date: 10/06/2017

Message: We are praying for the Irmen Family in this difficult time. You have many friends that will be there for you. We remember all the fun that was shared and will cherish these memories. May God Bless



Name: Bryan McDonald

Date: 10-6-2017

Message: I am very sorry to hear this news. I am the stepson of Leon Irmen. What I observed of Dave was that he was a great example to me because he really seemed like he loved His family. Mrs. Penny Irmen, you seemed to me like a very gracious person and I very sorry for the loss of your best friend. God Bless you, and I pray for your needs to be met.



Name: Greg Irmen

Date: 10-6-17

Message: My brother Dave was the fastest streaker in Wells County and he is the only man I know that still carries a handkerchief in his back pocket and would not share it with me.  I'll miss him. 



Name: Lynn Hill & Guy Harper

Date: 10/6/2017

Message: We are so devastated to hear the sad news. Our prayers, sympathies, and hugs to all of Dave's family. We have a cabin on the north shore and we were so looking forward to getting to know these neighbors better next season. We are so thankful to have Penny and Dave join us on one of the last pontoon rides of the season on good old Juanita Lake. We will truly miss seeing the white-haired jet ski rider! Our love to all ... Lynn Hill & Guy Harper



Name: Marlene Scott

Date: 10-06-2017

Message: I am so very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I always thought so much of him. Heaven is certainly gaining another angel. My thoughts and prayers are with his whole family. God Bless.


Name: Kevin Marchus

Date: 10/6/2017

Message: My sincere condolences go out to the Irmen family as Walter and Peggy were like second parents to me. Dave and I went to High School in Cathay together. He will be ever remembered as a kind, caring, wonderful family man who made the community and those around him better. God bless you all; my prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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