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Ida Iris Gilmer

Funeral services for Ida Iris (Eddy) Gilmer, age 93 of Dassel, were Friday, March 9, from the Church of Christ, Dassel, with the Rev. Marc Grindle officiating. Ida died Monday, March 5, 2001, at the Hutchinson Community Hospital.

Music for the service was by Maribel and Roger Gilmer with Jeanette Tomlinson, organist. Interment was at the Howard Lake City Cemetery.

Honorary casket bearers were Ida's grandchildren: Carrie Gilmer-Richardson, Leah Gilmer, Jennifer Maloney, Vickie Casey, Marcie Gilmer, Barbara Gilmer, Jenna Dunham, Malia Gilmer, and Greg Gilmer.

Casket bearers were grandsons: Jeff, Jon, Jim, David, and Erik Gilmer and Randy Casey.

Ida was born Sept. 22, 1907, a triplet born to Ida Katherine Little and William H. Eddy on a farm south of Howard Lake. Soon after the triplets were born, the Eddy family moved into a larger home in the city of Howard Lake.

Ida received her education in the Howard Lake school, graduating from the Howard Lake High School. For a period of seven years following high school, she was employed by her father in the office of the Howard Lake Nursery.

On Dec. 4, 1932, Ida married Wesley J. Gilmer at the home of her parents. Following their marriage, they lived and farmed between Howard Lake and Cokato.

They later farmed near Darwin, Litchfield, and in the Lamson area, south of Dassel, until they moved to a home on the northeast side of Spring Lake. In 1974, they moved into a new home they had built in the city of Dassel.

Ida was an active member of the Dassel Church of Christ, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Paul F. Dille American Legion Auxiliary.

She was employed by the 3M Company at their Hutchinson plant for many years, until her retirement.

Ida is survived by her sons: Norman (wife, Judy) of Eau Claire, Wis.; Roger (wife, Kathy) of Lakeville, Minn.; Don (wife, MaryBeth) of Brooklyn Center, Minn.; and Gerald of Dassel; a daughter-in-law, Gloria Gilmer of Eden Prairie; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Wesley in September 1986; a son, John, in 1990; and her brothers and sisters: twins, Edwin and Eva; Paul, Percy, Ella, her sibling triplets, William and Howard; and by an infant brother at birth, Clarkson.

Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home, Dassel.

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