Daniel Strohmeier of Watkins died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at St. Cloud Hospital. He was 63.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas. Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins, with a parish prayer service at 5:30 p.m.; visitation will continue one hour prior to the church service Monday.
Daniel Paul Strohmeier was born Oct. 20, 1950, in St. Cloud to Raymond and Mildred (Zumwalde) Strohmeier. He grew up near Watkins and attended Eden Valley School. Dan served in the U.S. Army. He returned to Watkins, worked on the family farm, and started painting. In 1984 he met the love of his life, Mary Heid. He helped raise her daughter Tonya. Together Dan and Mary worked hard to make Dan’s painting business successful.
Dan was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church and the American Legion. He enjoyed raising pigeons, rabbits and chickens, fishing and watching old westerns (especially Gunsmoke and Bonanza). Dan also enjoyed trips to the casino, playing cards, shaking dice, Sunday “fun day,” and spending time with his friends and family, especially the grandchildren and his dog Sparky. He will be missed greatly, and remembered for his humor and doing things “his way.”
Dan was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by Mary Heid of Watkins, stepdaughter Tonya (and Jason) Vanasek of Lonsdale, grandchildren Jaelee and Thomas Vanasek, brother Dave (and Pat) Strohmeier of Watkins, niece Debbie, and nephews Jim, Scott and Mike.