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Wilbur "Dick" Gildemeister

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Wilbur "Dick" Gildemeister, 92, of Spirit Lake, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 27, 2009 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake.

Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m., Sunday with the family present from 4-6 p.m., at the Schuchert Funeral Home.

Interment will be at the Ocheyedan Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.

Dick was born on Sept. 20, 1916, in Ocheyedan, to Carl and Minnie (Frey) Gildemeister.

Dick graduated from the Ocheyedan High School in 1933. He farmed nearly all of his life, before retiring in 1976. On July 14, 1967, Dick was united in marriage to Harriet Leonard Johnson in Spirit Lake. He hit a hole-in-one on his 80th birthday.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lula Steinbeck; a son, Dennis Dick Gildemeister; a brother, Arnold Gildemeister; and a sister, Phyllis Gildemeister.

Dick is survived by his wife, Harriet Gildemeister of Spirit Lake; two daughters: Diane Dykema and her husband, Dennis, of Spirit Lake, and Kathie Erbes and her friend, Susan Goulding, of Minneapolis, Minn.; a step-son, Russel Johnson and his wife, Taffy of Sioux Falls, S.D.; two step-daughters: Cathy Heinsius and her husband, Chuck of Cedar Rapids, and Marilyn Cravens and her husband, James, of Sanborn; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be sent to www.spiritlakefuneralhome.com.

The Schuchert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.