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David "Dave" Glen Oursler

January 29, 1950 — February 19, 2024


David "Dave" Glen Oursler, a devoted patriarch, respected community member, and hardworking businessman, passed away on February 19, 2024, in Peabody, Kansas. He was born on January 29, 1950, in El Dorado, Kansas to Kermit and Edna (Butts) Oursler. David's legacy is a tapestry woven with threads of dedication and love for his family, friends, and community.

David attended several small country schools growing up. Including a small one room country school called, Wilcox. He went on to attend Peabody high school, graduating in 1968. On July 26, 1970 David married his sweetie, Janet Loewen in Marion, Kansas at Mennonite Brethren Church. From this union the couple had three children. Son, Rodney (Samantha) Oursler, two daughters, Trisha Oursler and Melissa (Tyler) Krien.

Prior the wedding David sustained a severe right eye injury. While in the hospital he received deployment papers from the Army to go to Vietnam. Due to the injury, Dave was given an honorable discharge from military service. 

David's journey in the construction industry began in 1967 when he purchased his first trencher. This marked the inception of his own construction company, "Oursler Brother's," which later evolved into "Middlecreek Corp." The bond of brotherhood strengthened when Frank joined David in their shared venture in 1969. Their collaboration reshaped landscapes and built foundations that would endure for generations.

While David's career achievements were notable, his proudest accomplishment lay in nurturing the legacy he built. In 2021, son Rodney purchased the Middlecreek Corp. from his father, after 55 years of unwavering dedication. This transition allowed Dave to step into a well-deserved retirement knowing that the future of the company rested securely in Rodney and Frank's capable hands. Complementing this familial team are a nephew, daughter-in-law, granddaughter, and grandson who continue to uphold David's values and work ethic.

Beyond his professional endeavors, David cherished moments spent with loved ones and pursuing his hobbies. Boating adventures, coyote hunting escapades, camping retreats, and watching trains pass by from his driveway brought him immense joy. His resilient spirit shone brightly even as he faced health challenges.

In 2015, David was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, a battle he faced with courage and grace. Janet's unwavering support as she retired from her career as a para for PBES in 2016 to care for him epitomized their enduring bond. Daughter Trisha felt lead to move back in with her parents in order to assist in helping to take care of her father, as well. 

David's civic contributions were equally impactful. Serving on the Council for the City of Peabody for eight years, he spearheaded initiatives that enhanced the community infrastructure. His efforts led to transformative projects such as bringing Hillsboro water to Peabody and overseeing the installation of a new water tower and fire trucks—all accomplished at no cost to the town.

Preceded in death are David's parents and brother Harley Oursler.

In honoring David’s memory are his loving wife Janet; brother Frank (Sharon); son,  Rodney (Samantha), daughters,, Trisha Oursler, Melissa (Tyler) Krien; cherished grandchildren McKayla, Tiyonnah, Ashtin, Ashton, Jozelynn, Reese, Tristyn and Taylor. Great-grandchildren, Zayden and Aspynn

David will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His wisdom lives on in those he inspired while his kindness resonates within every project he touched. As we bid farewell to this remarkable man,

Visitation will be held at Petersen Family Funeral Home on Sunday, February 25th from 1:00 PM - 5:00PM.  Funeral Service is at Peabody United Methodist Church on Monday, February 26th at 10:00 AM. Followed by his burial at Whitewater Center Cemetery.

Rest in peace Dave; your legacy endures through the lives you touched and the memories you created.

Memorials may be made out to either Good Shepard Hospice, Children's Mercy Hospital of Kansas City or the American Legion in Peabody, Ks, and left in the care of Petersens Funeral Home. 

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, February 25, 2024

1:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Petersen Family Funeral Home

215 N Main St, Newton, KS 67114

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Funeral Service

Monday, February 26, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Peabody United Methodist Church

304 Sycamore St., Peabody, KS 66866

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Monday, February 26, 2024

11:15 - 11:45 am (Central time)

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