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March 15, 1952 - August 6, 2019
Service Date: August 30, 2019
Burial with honor guard will occur Friday, August 30, 2019 at 9 a.m. MDT at Black Hills National Cemetery, 20901 Pleasant Valley Dr, Sturgis, SD.
The family will host a Celebration of Life on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 2 p.m. MDT. For additional information or to RSVP, contact Penny Gyke (daughter) at 614.286.7361.
SSgt (retired) David “Dav” Gregory Routh, 67, born on March 15, 1952 in Saginaw, Ml, died at home in Rapid City, SD on August 6, 2019. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Dav joined the US Air Force in 1974 and was assigned at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD; Bitburg AF, Germany; Ellsworth AFB; and Spangdahlem AB, Germany, as a weapons loader on B-52s and numerous fighter aircraft. During his last three assignments – Travis AFB CA; Okinawa AB, Japan; and Ellsworth AFB, Dav served as an aircraft maintenance scheduler, retiring in 1994.
Dav, played trumpet in elementary school, but along with his brother Wes and cousin Scotty, learned to play guitar after receiving instruments from parents. Along with two friends, Dav started a basement band and played at several events during and after high school. Since Dav was the happiest when performing, he continued playing in bands throughout his USAF
career. After retiring from the USAF, he continued his musical career with his own band Missouri Breaks and assisting other bands and musicians in the Rapid City area.
He is survived by his wife Carol; daughters, Stephanie Rosse, Penny (Jim) Gyke and Christy Rosse ; his son, Kim (Denise Bamford) Rosse; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren along with 3 unborn great-granddaughters. He is also survived by brothers Wes (Marti), Brent (Shelly), and Bert Ill (Carolina); sister, Roberta, several nephews, nieces, cousins, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Bert Routh.
Dav maintained several close friendships Dan Krasser (Debbie) a boyhood friend, band member Michael Easton, and friends from school and several bands. Dav was loved by all.