Services for Norman August Dehmer, 83 of St. Michael, Minn., were Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael.
Mr. Dehmer died peacefully Aug. 26 after a short illness. He was born Feb. 19, 1930, to Leo and Laurentia (Brenk) Dehmer in St. Michael. He attended St. Michael School through the 8th grade. He attended Buffalo High School for one year. Norman had to quit school to stay home and help on the farm because his brothers had to serve in the military. He married Darlene Dixon Dec. 30, 1950, to this union three children were born.
In 1952 he bought the feed mill in St. Michael and the family moved into a two-room cold water flat. In 1956 he bought Hanover Milling Company. In 1957 the company flooded and again in 1965 after which he closed the business and sold it in 1970.
Mr. Dehmer worked for several construction companies including Bill Corrah, Veit Construction and Suburban Ready Mix. In 1968 he and Darlene started Norman Dehmer Excavating digging basements and sewer systems. In 1972 they bought land south of St. Michael and started a gravel pit, which was in operation until his retirement.
Norman and Darlene wintered in Texas for 17 years. He planted orange and grapefruit trees and enjoyed small gardening projects. He was known to all in Circle W RV Park as the “can man.” He would collect cans from everyone in the park and would donate the proceeds to the Rockport EMS.
Mr. Dehmer leaves to mourn his wife of 62 years, Darlene; daughters, Karen Corwin, Ruth (Cal) Vollbrecht; son, Ken (Teresa) Dehmer; seven grandchildren, Bob Eull, Kevin Eull, Christy Thompson, Tracy Vollbrecht, Brittney (Allen) Murray, Chantel Dehmer, Ryan Dehmer; six great-grandchildren, Cora, Karrisa, Jerrit and Tristan Eull, Taylor and Austin Thompson; three brothers, Vernon Dehmer, Alex (Kathy) Dehmer, Jim (Anne) Dehmer; four sisters, Annella (Richard) Holthaus, Doris Crowley, Diane (Dennis) McNiff and Mary (Dave) Earenfight; many, many nieces, nephews, friends and family.