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Karl W. Dambach


Thu, Aug 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Karl W. Dambach, 67, of Lanesboro and a longtime resident of Winona, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. He was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, Scleroderma, in April of this year.

Karl was born July 9, 1946 in Winona to Frederick and Florence (Veraguth) Dambach. Karl and Marie Bergaus were married November 18, 1967 in Winona. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-66, stationed in the Korean DMZ. Following the service Karl worked for Bunke Apco Company, and the railroad before working at O’Laughlin Plumbing. He then returned to school on the G.I. bill and graduated from Winona Vo-Tech with a degree in tool and die and welding. He went to Ferrier School in Oklahoma to learn how to shoe horses. Karl then went on to work for Bay State Milling for 26 years before having to change careers due to asthma. He then worked for Steve’s Vac and Sew. Karl and Marie lived in Winona on Otis Street until moving to Homer Valley in 1971 and to Lanesboro to be near family in 2005.

The outdoors was Karl’s passion. He loved to hunt and fish in surrounding areas as well as in Ely and South Dakota. Karl and Marie enjoyed trips to Alaska and Florida in their camper and to Hill City to four wheel and fish with friends. He was an avid builder of many things, one of them being their dream home in Lanesboro. Karl was a great provider and loved his family very much. He will be truly missed.

He is survived by his wife Marie, two daughters, Karla Dambach (Rick Merchlewitz) and Kim Reimann (Rory Berekvam) both of Lanesboro, grandchildren, Kassie DeVorak, Emily and Alex Reimann and siblings; Emilie (Ed) Hemmelman of Winona, Dee (Jerry) Barnholtz of Stockton and John (Charlotte) Dambach of Tombstone, AZ and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother Lynn, a sister Marlene Braithwaite and his parents.

Services to celebrate Karl’s life will be 4PM Saturday, August 24, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center in Winona led by Funeral Celebrant Tim Hoff. Friends may call after 3 PM at the Hoff’s. Please share a memory of Karl at his on-line guestbook and view his Tribute Video when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com. Karl donated his body to the University of Minnesota Anatomical Bequest Program and donated his eyes to Minnesota Lions Eye Bank.

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