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Edward L. Dammeir, age 87 of Gaastra, MI, formerly of the Clintonville area, passed away Monday evening, June 3, 2019 at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Edward “Snuffy” L. Dammeir was born January 30, 1932 in Elgin, IL to the late William H. & Dorothy L. (VanEvery) Dammeir. During his youth, he was a big help on the family farm and later graduated from Richmond Burton Community High School in 1950. He found work for a time at a Chicago refrigeration company, but wanted to enlist in the military to serve his country. Unfortunately, due to his hearing impairments, Snuffy was unable to join. He was united in marriage to Mary Lou Sumner on December 10, 1954 in Genoa City, WI. He worked for Producers & Consumers, Genoa City; Quality Carriers, Pleasant Prairie; Neenah Foundry; hauled milk for Les & Roy Behnke’s Cheese; Georgia Pacific, New London; Presto, Neenah; & Weathershield Windows, Medford. Snuffy had numerous truck driving experiences all over the country. He had been to every state in the contiguous U.S. except for Washington, Oregon, & Maine. His longest haul was out to California. Snuffy’s “best” trip was to South Boston, VA where he recalled eating the very best ham he had ever tasted. The worst experience was on Hwy 41 just North of Milwaukee when there was a horrible snow storm; the only thing that saved him from not going in the ditch was the guard rail on the off-ramp. In 1981 he purchased a property in Gaastra, MI, which over the years he enjoyed transforming from completely wooded, to a place where he could place a home. Many friends and family helped him work the property, and many beer cans were recycled as a result. Mary Lou preceded him in death on February 12, 2000. The land that he had worked so hard for became his permanent residence in July of 2002. Snuffy later married Joan Ebert on February 1, 2003. He enjoyed everything about the outdoors, fishing, hunting, & “putzing” with tractors and lawnmowers. Everyone in the family was used to hearing Snuffy’s jokes; he had no problem remembering the jokes, but would forget who he had already told them to from time to time. He enjoyed card games like Euchre, was an avid reader of western novels by Louis L’Amour, and loved to watch John Wayne movies. He also enjoyed listening to music and watching WWE Pro-Wrestling in his spare time.
He is survived by his wife: Joan
Daughters: Rebecca (Walter) Eulrich, Waupaca; Dorothy (Russel) Bailey, Crystal Falls, MI; Delores “Tina” (Dave) Hogan, Clintonville; & Liza (Joe Oppor) Watson, Iron River, MI
Step-children: Donna Kehrmeyer, Osseo; Carla (Duane) Eggert, Pella; Steve (Debbie) Ebert, Strum; Wayne (Val) Ebert, Clintonville; Darlene (Terry) Hanson, Clintonville; William Ebert, Clintonville; Pamela Ebert, Clintonville; Sheryl (Ron) Bogatin, De Pere; James (Barb) Ebert, Shawano; Gary (Pam) Ebert, Clintonville
Numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, & step-great-grandchildren.
Sister: Lynda (Jerry) Bishop, Necedah
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Lou; daughters, Robin Dammeir & Marie Gruetzmacher; a son, Duane Dammeir; & brothers, Duane & Kenneth Dammeir.
A graveside committal and inurnment will take place 1 PM, Friday, June 7, 2019 at Graceland Cemetery, Clintonville, with the Rev. Brian Weber officiating.
The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Clintonville is assisting the family.
An online guestbook is available at eberhardtstevenson.com.