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Elmer ‘Bud’ Dallmann, 91

Elmer Warren “Bud” Dallmann, age 91, of Cokato, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born April 2, 1921, in Minneapolis, the son of Paul E. and Milda (Hagglund) Dallmann. Elmer was baptized in Minneapolis, and was later confirmed at the Stockholm Lutheran Church.

He grew up on the family farm and attended Collinwood School.

Bud was united in marriage to Hazel Nancy Compton April 30, 1942, in Minneapolis. The couple made their home in the Dassel area.

Bud was inducted into the US Army in August of 1942. He served his country during World War II in the European Theater of Operation, serving during the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns.

Upon Bud’s return from active service in 1945, he continued to farm, and they made their home in Stockholm Township, before moving to Lamson, and then Collinwood.

Bud and Hazel had celebrated 67 years of marriage.

A hard worker, Bud enjoyed spending time working his land. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching birds, nature, and gardening. Together, Hazel and Bud took their produce from their garden to sell at the farmers markets in Litchfield and Hutchinson.

A talented carpenter and woodworker, Bud could often be found carving ducks, and making baby doll cradles, and doll furniture. He loved his family and took great pride in his children’s, grandchildren’s, and great-grandchildren’s accomplishments.

Bud is survived by his children, Bob and Joan Dallmann of Darwin, Nancy and Ralph Diers of Howard Lake, and Penny and Dick Mills of Victoria; nine grandchildren, Mark (Kelli) Dallmann, Mike (Laura) Mills, Matt (Sarah Peach) Mills, Greg (Jordan) Mills, Tom (Micki) Diers, Pam (Gene) Christensen, Heidi (Jonathan) Haapala, Amy (Robert) Nelson, and Ann (Sean) Dietel; 18 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Wanous of Silver Lake.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel; an infant son, David; his parents; a sister, Jane Hardy; and brothers, Ray Dallmann and George Dallmann.

The funeral service took place Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel with visitation preceding the service from noon to 2 p.m. The Rev. John Peterson officiated, and interment followed at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

The Johnson Funeral home in Dassel handled the arrangements.