Elden Emery Dammann, 88, of Springfield and formerly of Sanborn, died on June 17, 2019, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.
Visitation will be on Thursday, June 20, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel and will continue on Friday from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, St. John Lutheran Home. Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, St. John Lutheran Home, with Chaplain Noel Wetter officiating.
Interment will be at the Sanborn City Cemetery.
Elden was born July 7, 1930, to Herman and Mary (Radtke) Dammann, the fifth of six children on the family farm near Sanborn. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps doing his basic training starting in October of 1951 at San Diego Camp Pendleton. He served one year in South Korea on the front line, receiving a Purple Heart in February of 1953 and was honorably discharged. Prior to serving in the Marine Corps, Elden met Elna Giersdorf at the Sanborn roller skating rink. After Elden returned home from the war in 1953, the couple married on Dec. 8, 1953, at the Sanborn United Methodist Church. The couple farmed and raised their two children, Bradley and Brenda.
Elden was a member of the Colburn American Legion Post #286 in Sanborn, and the Sanborn United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, dancing, traveling, trips to the casino with Elna, and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his daughter, Brenda Anderson of Springfield; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Dammann of Duluth; grandchildren, Paul Anderson of Springfield, Terry (Meghan) Anderson of Canton, S.D., Wade (Whitney) Anderson of Courtland, Wain (Amanda) Dammann, Jeremy Dammann, Jason Dammann, Kristi (Josh) Wagner, Kayla (John) Marnati all of the Duluth area; great-grandchildren, Alora, Abrina and Aria Dammann, Rylynn, Lily, and Jaxson Wagner, and Asher and Ryker Anderson; siblings, Stan (Marcie) Dammann of Springfield, Gerald Dammann of Sanborn, Glenn (Arlene) Dammann of Springfield; and Melva Ochs of Faribault. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elna in 2017; son, Bradley; son-in-law, Arthur Anderson; and sister, Ardell Bassett.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.