David Domeier, age 80, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Searles. Monsignor Douglas Grams will celebrate the Mass. Burial will follow in the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in rural Searles.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2019 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Searles.
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David is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Domeier of New Ulm, MN; children, Jennifer Stone of Seattle, WA, Julie Domeier of Highland, NY, Michael (Amy Grace) Domeier of Waikoloa, HI, Eric Domeier of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Marcus King, Anabel and Clara Domeier, Gwen, Wyatt, Jillian, Rudy, Douglas, Katie, Emily, Megan, Claire, Finley, Parker, Matilda, and Bronx Laethen; siblings, Henry (Diane) Domeier of Broken Arrow, OK, Tom Domeier of Palmer, AK, Rita (Charles) Waibel of New Ulm, MN, John (Wanda) Domeier of Mankato, MN, Dan (Jane) Domeier of Palmer, AK; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Duane Domeier; his sister, Christine Domeier; and his wife Marjorie.
David George Domeier was born February 22, 1939 to Edwin and Angeline (Reinhart) Domeier in Sleepy Eye. He and his family moved to Searles in 1949, and David graduated high school in 1957. After watching his Uncle Jim fly a military training plane over the family farm, David knew he wanted to become a pilot. He enlisted and served his country by becoming a pilot in the Air Force. After his service, David joined TWA, started a family with Judith (Stone) Domeier, and began a career as a commercial pilot. Over the course of his career he flew out of MSP, JFK, and retired from STL as Captain of DC9-MD80’s. David saw his four children off to college and blessed them on their way. In 1988 he married Marjorie Loethen and began a full and satisfying chapter in St Louis with friends, new and old.
After retirement, David continued to be a man in motion. Having built several experimental fiberglass planes up to this point, he started building aluminum planes. A lifelong dedicated craftsman, he passed this passion on to anyone who asked. A member in good-standing of the Geezer Club, he carried on with likeminded pilots and craftsman. David’s parallel passion was the grandkids. They were the waypoint for his travels, and he made many trips through the circuit of families in his life. Early on, one of these children gave him the call sign “Grandpa Duck.” It stuck, and we all looked forward to his regular migration to our local ponds. David became an integral part of Marjorie’s children’s lives, and continued to be so up to the end.
Later in life, David rekindled a friendship back in Searles with Elizabeth “Betty” Kuck. The couple was united in marriage on April 4, 2019 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Searles, MN. It was clear that Betty was the love of David’s life, and he was a changed man after they came together. He’d come home, and was grateful to be back to his roots. His life was complete, and he looked forward to many more seasons of gardening, traveling, and worshipping with Betty. The circle of his journey was closed too soon. While in the process of moving back to Minnesota to live with Betty, David had unexpected health complications and passed away in New Ulm.
Although his passing was sudden, his memory will endure in our hearts forever. Blessed be his memory.