Elmer F. Dahms, age 96 of Redwood Falls, formerly of Clements, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Seasons Hospice House in Redwood Falls. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 31 at First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls. Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial is in New Avon Salem Cemetery near Wabasso. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
Elmer Fred Dahms was born February 16, 1919 on the family farm in New Avon Township, Minnesota to Clarence and Meta (Zamzow) Dahms. He attended District 101 country school in New Avon Township. Elmer worked at the Albert Zamzow farm before beginning farming on his own. On March 5, 1942 he was united in marriage to Emma Tonak at Sundown Lutheran Church. Together they farmed near Clements for nearly 60 years, living on the same farm for 50 years, before moving to Johnson Park Place in 2007. Elmer was actively involved in establishing Rolling Acres Camp for mentally handicapped children. He attended New Avon Salem Methodist Church (formerly EUB) where he was very active as a Trustee, and on the church council, and served as president of the cemetery board. Elmer then attended New Avon United Methodist Church south of Redwood Falls for a number of years and later became a member of the First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls. He enjoyed farming and gardening. Elmer loved spending time with his family, especially the grandkids and great-grandkids.
Elmer is survived by his three sons and a daughter: E. C. “Al” (Barbara) Dahms, their son Jeffrey and grandson Jorge, & their daughter Tanya (Mark) Sundberg, and two grandsons: Benjamin and Samuel; Eugene (Judith) Dahms, their daughter Jennifer (Jason) Alders, and three granddaughters: McKenzie, Morgan, and Megan, & their son Brian (Melissa); Gary (Barbara) Dahms, their daughter Michelle (Byron) Pike, and granddaughters Madison and Aubrey, & their son Michael; LuAnn (Bradley) Schloesser and their two daughters: Jessica (Charles) Yost, and grandchildren: Lydia, Elijah, and Dominic, and Carissa (Isaac) Odland and granddaughters Emma and Lacy. He is also survived by his brothers Leonard Dahms, Arthur (Florence) Dahms, and Jerry (Helen) Dahms, and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Emma, daughter Virginia, sons Dennis and Kevin, and 6 siblings.