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Russell Donald Gilmer

Russell Donald Gilmer, age 79, of Waverly, died peacefully Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born Oct. 4, 1927 to Earl and Ida (Schwanke) Gilmer in Howard Lake.

Russ attended Henderson Grade School, Cokato High School, and the University of Minnesota.

He served three years in the Army during World War II as a medic in Germany and Italy.

Russ was joined in holy matrimony to Patricia Ann Jung Sept. 10, 1949. God blessed this union with six children.

Russ spent his entire adult working career in the commercial collection business, starting as a part-time collector and management trainee for Dun & Bradstreet, while attending the University of Minnesota. After spending 10 years at Dun & Bradstreet, he founded Commercial Collectors Inc.

He served 17 years as a trustee of St Mary’s Parish in Waverly, and was one of the original members of the finance committee.

Russ loved to travel. He and Patricia took many trips to Spain, Italy, Germany, and Austria, often accompanied by their children.

Russ loved classical music and neighborhood cook-outs. He is fondly remembered as “Mr. G.”

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Patricia; daughter Julie Holtz; great-granddaughter Lillian Peterson; twin infant sisters, Audrey and Joyce; sister Leone; and brothers Early, Gordon, Lester, and LeRoy Gilmer.

Russ is survived by his children, Michael and Sheila Gilmer, James and Jayne Gilmer, Patricia and Michael Reinert, Mary and Tom Jacques, and Nancy and Kevin Daley; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dr. James Hammarsten, Dr. Franklin and Carol Jung; and Marita Gilmer.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, May 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Waverly. The Rev. Timothy Cloutier officiated, with interment in the church cemetery.

Family and friends gathered Friday afternoon, May 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service. Visitation continued Saturday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the church, prior to the Mass.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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