Donald Henry “Bud” Dobmeier, age 88 of Olivia, MN died October 19th, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. Mass of Christian Burial is Saturday, October 26th at 11:00 AM at St. Aloysius Church in Olivia, MN. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00 - 11:00 AM prior to the funeral. Interment will be in St. Aloysius Cemetery.Interment will be in St. Aloysius Cemetery and military rites are by the Olivia VFW and American Legion. Memorials can be directed to Mayo Clinic Hospice - Mayo Foundation 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, St. Aloysius Catholic Church or organization of your choice.
Bud was born January 31st, 1931 to John and Matilda (Julius) Dobmeier on the family farm in rural Lake Lillian. Youngest of 11 children, his siblings were Josie, Frances, Earl, Ernie, Julia, Cliff, Loretta, Lorraine, Sally and Pete. He attended country school through the 8th grade and helped his dad on the family farm. Bud served in the army during the Korean War and also as a National Guardsman. After serving his country, he returned home to farm and to his sweetheart, Mary Lou Kopel. Bud and Mary Lou married on June 13th, 1953 and moved to a farm north of Olivia. He was a loving husband and devoted father of 13 children. In the ups and downs of life, Bud’s faith remained strong and his love for his family unwavering. Bud was the family’s prayer warrior, praying the rosary daily for their needs. He was a faithful member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, and over the years, served as a lector, choir member and on various parish councils and committees. Bud had a positive influence on the lives of many through his community involvement. He had active roles in 4-H, FFA, community theater, and served on the board for Bird Island-Hawk Creek Mutual Insurance Company for many years. He was a salesman for Keltgen Seed Company and member of the VFW, American Legion, MN Pork Producers and Knights of Columbus. Bud worked hard at farming but eventually retired and moved to Olivia with Mary Lou. What brought him joy and relaxation was his faith, family, friends, music, woodworking, caring for his lawn, casino trips, gardening, basket weaving, fishing, playing cards, jigsaw puzzles,watching sports and making black walnut fudge for family and friends each Christmas.
He is survived by his 13 children and spouses: Diane Adamski (Olivia), Steve and Julia Dobmeier (Lake Lillian), Debra and Philip LaPorte (Decatur, GA), Lori and Don Clasemann (Browerville), Doreen and Jeff Jorgensen (Glenwood), Kris and Joe Radermacher (Ortonville), Tim and Betsy Dobmeier (Cokato), Paul and Eileen Dobmeier (Roseland), Mark and Ann Dobmeier (Spicer), MaryBeth Kruger (Janesville), John and Nicolé Dobmeier (Langley, WA), Jean and Calvin Guyer (Rochester), and Julie and Bob Boehme (Kandiyohi); as well as 46 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; his sister, Sally Steil; sisters-in-law: Mary Ann Kopel, Joanne Burns, Margaret Grund, Carole Evans; brothers-in-law: Jim Kopel, Greg (Lynn) Kopel, Jerry (Patty) Kopel; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou; son-in-law, Peter Adamski; grandchild Jeffrey Woltjer, great-grandchildren: Cameron Saeger and Lila Gilberts; his parents, nine siblings and several sisters and brothers-in-law.
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