Darwin Wayne Deuermeyer of Kimball died on November 28, 2021 at the age of 90.
Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 2, 2021 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Kimball with Rev. David Milz officiating. Burial will follow at Kimball Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Kimball and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. A Prayer Service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. The funeral service will be live-streamed on the funeral home website. The family kindly asks those in attendance to please wear a mask.
Darwin was born and raised in Aitkin, MN. He began his adult life serving our country from 1948 - 1952, two years with the National Guard and 18 months with the Army as a tank commander as part of the 194th Tank Battalion at Camp Rucker in Alabama. During this time, he was also called on to use his artistic talents to paint signs for the Army.
Following his Honorable discharge in September 1952, Darwin married Arlene (Nix) on November 26, 1953 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Bemidji State Teacher's College in 1957. He used his talents and education throughout his life to influence children in the school systems in Blue Earth and Kimball, to own and operate D&D Signs, and to create furniture and other wood products.
Upon his retirement from the Kimball School system in 1981, Darwin sold American Family Insurance full-time in Annandale, a career he began building part-time while maintaining his jobs in the Kimball School system and with D&D Signs. He finally retired at the age of 62, other than painting an occasional sign, to immerse himself in woodworking and spending time with friends and family. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Kimball, where he was a faithful member and served on the council. He also served on the Booster Club and Kimball City Council.
Survivors include his wife Arlene (Nix), children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
In their 68 years together, Darwin and Arlene reared four children: One son, Dawson (Hendrina); and three daughters, Donette of Plymouth; Deanne of Portland, Oregon; Denise (Doug) Kantor of St. Cloud. Surviving grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Dawson's (Hendrina) children: Andrea (Dean) Walker; Britany (Ted) Swaback and their daughters, Emelia and Lauren; Aaron (Michelle) Deuermeyer and their son, Cooper; and Denise (Doug) Kantor's children: Kameron (Maryanne) Kantor and their children, Elsie and Everett; and Kody (Carly) Kantor. Sadly preceding Darwin in death were his son, Dawson, in 2013 and daughter-in-law, Hendrina, in 2020, and their daughter, Kristine, in 2011; Denise's (Doug) infant son, Douglas Jr. in 1990; Darwin's parents, Walter and Hattie (Dudonski) Deuermeyer and Darwin's five brothers and two sisters.
Aaron Deuermeyer, Kameron Kantor, Kody Kantor, Stan Nix, Mike Johnson, and Lyle Van Horn will serve as casket bearers. Doug Kantor and Janelle Rudningen will provide music for the service. Arrangements entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Kimball.
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