Donald Lee Schirmer, 71, Washta, died Saturday, November 2, at his home, following a lenghty illness.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 6, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Quimby, with Pastor Don Meyer officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Greenwood Funeral Home, Cherokee. Burial will be in the Sunset View Cemetery, Washta.
Don was born April 8, 1931 in Sanborn, to Edward and Louise (Neiman) Schirmer. He attended school in Sanborn. On June 28, 1953 he married Betty Preuss in Sanborn. Don farmed all of his life, living in Sanborn until 1953, moving to Alta, then Aurelia, and finally settling in Washta, where he trucked and farmed for many years. Don worked as a trucker for Jamie DeWitt and Goettsch Trucking of Galva. He enjoyed his family, fishing and camping. He was a member of the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Quimby.
Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Jeanie Kristensen and her husband, Bob, of Alta, Donna Alberts and her husband, Merle, of Hartley, Shirley Schirmer of Milo, Lori Anthony and her husband, Jerry, of Salt Lake City, Utah; three sons, Chuck Knoben and his wife Sally, of Cherokee, Bobby Schirmer and his wife Elaine, of Montezuma, Donnie Schirmer and his wife Sue, of Quimby; 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, June Saunders and her husband, Fritz, of Reedsport, Ore., and Betty Storm and her husband Vernon, of Sanborn; one brother, Kenneth Schirmer and his wife, Marlys, of Sanborn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Helen, Esther, and Wilma; one brother, Norman.