David E. Prinsen

October 21, 1958 ~ November 1, 2020 (age 62)


David E. Prinsen, age 62, of Menasha, passed away from an unforeseen heart condition on November 1, 2020 at Ascension Medical Center with his wife and loved ones by his side. He was born October 21, 1958 to Beverly Kaphingst in New London, Wisconsin. In later years, Beverley married Robert (Chip) Kaphingst whom David considered his father. He married the love of his life Susan A. Smith on August 14,1993 in Menasha, Wisconsin where they just celebrated 27 years of marriage filled with many memories, smiles, and tremendous love. When Dave and Sue married, Dave gained three amazing children, Bill (Chrissy) Kolgen, Lisa (Craig) Fochs, and Chad (Paige) Potratz. Over the years the family continued to grow with Dave’s greatest pride, his grandchildren, Brandon and Jayden Kolgen, Brianna and Bryce Fochs, Sabrina, Callah, and Zavier Potratz, Alex (Bayli) and Trevor Nelson, and Shawn Behm. He was also blessed with great grandchildren, Nova and Keenan (soon expecting) and Lucas.

He is also survived by his brother and sisters in law, Bubba and Tutty Smith, Jim and Risa Smith, and Chris Jacobson, along with his special nephews, Robert (Haley), Corey (Marissa), Michael, and Luke.

The family would like to thank their wonderful neighbors, Bill and Lori Fink, Rod and Claudia Abba ,Charlie and Jane, and their special friends Jessica Billings and Barb and Dennis for all of their love and support through the years. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother Danny, Eunice Kaphingst, and grandparents.

Dave will be missed dearly by his family and friends for all of his love and support. No matter what the task was, Dave would be there at the drop of a hat. There isn’t any project Dave couldn’t tackle. Dave had a personality that was contagious and would light up a room anywhere he went. There wasn’t a person that knew Dave that didn’t enjoy spending time with him. Some of his greatest joys were watching his grandchildren in all activities and attending numerous music concerts with his wife and rowdy friends.

There will be a celebration of life on November 7th, 2020 at Bubba’s Pub, 500 9th St. Menasha, WI, from 2-6pm. Please refrain from coming if you are feeling ill.

In final words from Dave, “You dropped your pocket”.




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Celebration of Life
November 7, 2020

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Bubba's Pub
500 9th St.
Menasha, WI 54952

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