John Fredrick Gallmeier, 95, of Cambridge and the Dalbo area, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011 at the GracePointe Crossing West Gables in Cambridge.
John, lovingly known as Jack, was born Feb. 5, 1916 in Shakopee, Minn. to parents Herman and Ruth (Erickson) Gallmeier. As a young child, Jack and the family moved to a farm just north of Dalbo, Minn. Jack attended the Whittier Country School North of Dalbo until he was needed full time on the family farm milking cows and growing potatoes. As a young man, Jack purchased his own farm in the Day area where he continued to milk cows and grows crops. One day while driving to Ogilvie, Jack met Irene Lindgren walking to town. The couple was united in marriage Dec. 12, 1938 in Minneapolis. Together the couple had five children; John, Mary, Gary, Donald, and Barb.
For a number of years during the 1950s, back when they still used metal cans, Jack drove a milk route for the Day Creamery. Jack finally quit farming in the late 1980s, but he and Irene stayed on the farm until declining health forced them both to move to the Grandview Care Center in Cambridge. Irene passed away in 2006.
Jack enjoyed fishing in his younger years and playing cards throughout his life. He enjoyed several trips to Montana with his sons, and taking his first air fight at 92 years old. Jack will be remembered for his gentle, loving, and kind nature.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents, wife Irene, daughter Mary Gallmeier, grandson Jeremy Engebretsen, sister Delores Broddy, and brothers Jim and Bill Gallmeier.
He is survived by his sons Jack (Janice) Gallmeier of White Bear Lake, Gary (Colleen) Gallmeier of Stillwater, and Donald (Bernice) Gallmeier of Pine City; daughter Barb (Jac) Engebretsen of Ogilvie; 11 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren; sisters Leila Barnes of South Carolina, and Velma Brinker of Forest Lake; sister-in-law June Gallmeier of Circle Pines; also many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Funeral Service was held Monday, May 9, 2011 at the Lewis Lake Covenant Church in rural Ogilvie with Rev. Bob DeYoung officiating. Music was provided by Rick Anderson and Diane Sutton. Casket Bears were Jack’s eleven grandchildren: Brian Gallmeier, Cindy Ristow, Mike Gallmeier, Kris Anderson, Michelle Hoffbeck, Brenda Roth, Melisa Lestrud, Sheldon Gallmeier, Lynette Kuzel, Darcy Halverson and Josh Engebretsen. Interment was in the Lewis Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.