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Howard David Damm

May 16, 1931 May 25, 2018
Howard David Damm
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Howard Damm, 87, of rural Okabena, passed away on May 25, 2018. He was born on May 16, 1931, in Carroll, Iowa, to Esther and Lawrence Damm. He was the second of three children.
In 1935, the family moved to a farm near Okabena, Minnesota, where Howard attended Okabena Public School. After his graduation in 1949, he worked on the family farm and for Ray Ahrens Implement in Okabena. He enlisted in the Army and was assigned to serve in Germany during the Korean War era. Trained as an Army medic, his tour of duty lasted from Feb. 1952 to Feb. 1954. Upon his return to the States, he met Beverly, his beloved wife of nearly 64 years, and they were married on June 17, 1954. Together they raised seven children: Barbara, David, Dennis, Douglas, Brenda, Daniel and Bonita.
Howard was a lifelong farmer. On a large scale, he used a tractor, on a smaller one, a hoe. He farmed with his father, Lawrence, and his brother, Robert. They always kept a watchful eye on the sky, and the weather report was a favorite topic of conversation. Even after his retirement, he continued to work alongside his sons, especially during planting and harvest. It was in his blood. And if worrying about the crops was an Olympic sport, Howie would have been a gold medalist.
When not on his farm, you’d find him at the lake—or wishing he was. The man loved to fish, no matter the season. For 17 years, he and Bev spent their summers in their camper in Starbuck, Minnesota, with a fishing lake outside their door. Fishing trips with his family and friends were the highlights of his later years. He relished the time with the boys.
For 65 years he was a member of the American Legion post in Okabena. His church home was the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brewster, Minnesota. He lived his faith by example: hard work, honest words, kindness, discipline, and compassion. He believed in “making do”—just fix it with whatever you have. And if you don’t have it, ask the neighbors.
Howie loved people. Often his first question after an introduction was “where you from?” If he liked you, you were his friend; and he had a lot of those, of all ages. But nothing brought him more joy than his 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He could fall asleep in his chair amid the chaos of playing grandchildren, multiple conversations, and a Vikings game. He loved to be surrounded by the comfort of his family.
In later years his world got smaller as he stayed closer to his farm and his wife. On a summer day they could be seen sitting in the shade of a towering maple, the adjacent lawn chairs occupied by family and friends—just visiting.
Though many will miss his humor, his advice, and his presence, the love he left us will sustain us. Go on, good and faithful servant, your time on earth is done.

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