Albert "Al" Goldammer


April 23, 1943 - August 25, 2021


Albert “Al” Goldammer, 78, of Dimock, SD, died Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Avera St. Benedict Hospital in Parkston. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 28, at St. John Lutheran Church in rural Dimock. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in rural Dimock. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday, August 26, at St. John Lutheran Church. The family requests that masks are worn. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Albert Charles Goldammer was born April 23, 1943, to Albert and Erna (Storm) Goldammer in Douglas County. He was Baptized and Confirmed at St John Lutheran Church rural Dimock, SD.

Al married Carolyn Marie Roemer on July 9, 1976, at Friedens Reformed Church, Tripp SD. “God blessed me in a marriage with a gift I could not have chosen for myself.”

Al attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, and Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA, with a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained as an ELCA Clergy.

In the summers of 1967/68, he was involved in Clinical Pastoral Education at Elgin State Hospital Elgin Ill. In 1968 he did his Internship in Manhattan NY as a Worker Priest. He was on the Board of Lutheran Outdoors for two terms, Council of Churches Observatory Corp., twice delegate to the Church Wide Synodical ELCA Assembly.

The love of his neighbors took him and Carolyn on two mission trips to Nicaragua, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Guatemala.   

His parishes included: Frederick Lutheran Church at St Paul and Savo Lutheran Church—Frederick. SD, Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids and Willow Creek Lutheran—Dell Rapids, SD, Our Saviors Lutheran Church—Redfield, SD, St John Lutheran—Madison, SD, and Bethany and Belleview Lutheran Churches—Howard, SD. He was an inspiration in the leading of many Bible Studies in his parishes and fellow text studies with his clergy friends.

Al was a Smoke Jumper for the US Forest service: 1961-1962 Blister Rust and Fire control N Idaho, 1963-Inter Region Fire Suppression Crew Hot Shots-Trapper Creek Camp Darby, Montana, 1964-Smoke Jumper training and parachuting Smoke Jumper Missoula, Montana, and 1964-1966-Smoke Jumping Fire Seasons Missoula, Montana base.

He loved taking care of the land through gardening, planting and caring for trees, developing and harvesting his grape orchard, apple, pear, and other fruit trees. He and Carolyn made wine from the harvests as well as canned and froze the produce.

He was involved in life and enjoyed family, youth and Congregational camping and family Wilderness backpacking trips, pheasant hunting with three yellow labs, spending family time at the cabin on Long Lake, WI, cross country skiing, annual trips to Canada to visit relatives and climbing the Canadian Rockies.

Al and Carolyn loved to travel around the world with the next trip always being the best one.

A few years after they were married, they took a leave of absence and spent three months in 13 European countries via backpacks and trains.  During his and Carolyn’s retirement years they spent time cruising around South America, Australia, New Zealand, Kangaroo Island, Norway, and two trips to Germany for the Reformation tour and where they reconnected with their Foreign Exchange daughter Lara Clever and family. The last trip was to Hawaii and the South Pacific Islands.

His greatest love was to spend time with his family and grandchildren and centered his life around his faith and family, cherishing each moment with them.

Al is survived by his wife, Carolyn of 45 years; son, Josiah (Lindsey Zeutenhorst) Goldammer and their daughter Vogel of Rock Rapids, IA; daughters, Talitha Goldammer of Forest Lake, MN, Hannah (Neil) Bacewicz of Kodiak, AK, and Keleah (Jason) Houser and their children Aiden and Cari of Wendell, ID; and brothers, Steven (Susan) Goldammer, Timothy (Shellie) Goldammer, and Rodney (Connie) Goldammer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Karen (Marvin) Ketterling and Ruth Gentling.

 Memorials may be sent to Lutheran Outdoors in SD at 2001 Summit Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57197-0002 or


Friday, August 27, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. John Lutheran Church
39941 270th St
Dimock, SD 57331


Saturday, August 28, 2021
2:00 PM
St. John Lutheran Church
39941 270th St
Dimock, SD 57331


St. John Lutheran Cemetery
Rural Dimock, SD

Posted by Belinda Leavitt on September 9, 2021
Carolyn and family, Pastor Al impacted so many lives for Christ - mine was one of them. I can still see the way his face lit up when he talked about his family. He made all of us feel like his family! May God's supernatural peace surround you until you can be together again. Your sister in Christ, Belinda
Posted by Marie Abbott on September 7, 2021
Dear Carolyn and family, I am so sorry for your loss. The two of you both looked so very happy on your 2020 Christmas card, I have always appreciated your Christmas letters filled with stories of your adventures as well as keeping everyone updated on your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Once the world gets back to normal we need to plan a visit.
Posted by Dave Peterson on September 3, 2021
Al and Carolyn, dear friends on Christ. Our memories together include camping and going to the lakes and skiing and camping and going to the lakes and did I mention camping? Camping with kids and with couples and families. Youth group activities and Sunday School and choir! So many blessings in all those activities. And then there are notebooks of sermon notes from all the faithful sermons preached by Pastor Al. And he baptized all three of our boys with Zane being the last baptism at OSL that Al did. Forever grateful for him, his marriage, his family, and his ministry. Well done good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of heaven! See you there! God bless the memory of Pastor Al. God bless, comfort, and strengthen dear Carolyn and family. In Christ, Dave and Karleen Peterson
Posted by Jan Wege on September 3, 2021
Carolyn and Family, so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. I remember him well from our travels together on the River Cruise. What a wonderful man, and such a grand sense of humor! Blessings and prayers to you and your family.
Posted by David Winterfeldt on September 1, 2021
Shocked and sorrowed to learn of Al's death too late to attend his service. We have lost a gentle servant and shepherd, a man of integrity and poise. Peace and Strength to you, Carolyn and all his family. Nathan Metzger's tribute on Facebook was well said. A life well-lived.
Posted by Lee Ann Randall Sheggeby on August 31, 2021
So sorry to learn of Pastor Al's passing . . . . . My thoughts & prayers go with you, Carolyn & your family in the loss of your dear husband, father & grandfather, Pastor Al. I first remember hearing of Pastor Al & you, Carolyn, many years ago from my younger brother, Michael Randall, when he would fondly share some of his memories from camping trips, etc. with you two, out to our Church's Bible Camps, in the Black Hills. I could see that my brother, Mike, treasured Al's friendship over those years very much. I just pray that in this tough time, your Faith will lift you up, God's love will bring you comfort & His Blessings will give you the strength that will carry you through.
Sincerely, Lee Ann
Posted by Cheryl wilson Kraft on August 29, 2021
So very sorry to hear of the loss Carolyn of your wonderful, loving, dedicated.accomplished husband....touching so many lives. Deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Posted by Sonja (Knutson) Clifford on August 28, 2021
My heartfelt sympathies to all of Als bereaved family members. May God be with you in this time of sadness.
Posted by Dan Ziebarth on August 28, 2021
Forever grateful for this incredibly godly man and his family. I will never fully comprehend all of the positive ways God shaped me, especially through his being my Confirmation teacher, along with the trips he lead me on up into the Big Horns (WY). Grace & Peace to you, Pastor Al.
Posted by Pete & Sue Kulp on August 28, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Pastor Al’s Passing and hope all the wonderful memories of him and your lives together comfort you until you meet again.
Posted by Wayne Jarvi on August 28, 2021
Pastor Al Confirmed myself and Joan Kargelinnen - ( 2 of us in the class, such a small class we got the furnace room as our class room } at Savo Lutheran Church ( country church ) near Frederick SD , He was a great person, he will be missed ...
Posted by Bob Ohm on August 28, 2021
Pastor Al was truly a great influence on my spiritual life. Rest in peace. My love and prayers are with Carolyn and the rest of his family.
Posted by Ron & June Ohm on August 28, 2021
Hugs and prayers- love you all
Posted by Ron & June Ohm on August 28, 2021
Hugs and prayers- love you all
Posted by Dee Remacle on August 28, 2021
Sending prayers and hugs to Carolyn and family. Pastor Al was an amazing man.
Posted by Cam Corey on August 27, 2021
Pastor Al was my pastor while I was growing up in Madison. He was tough on me when I needed it most and showed me a path to serving others. I am appreciative of his guidance and tough love. Who knows where I’d be today without his influence.
Posted by Darcy Harford on August 27, 2021
So many memories of Pastor Al. So glad that he came back to OSL in Redfield for our 125 Th Celebration. Keeping his family in my Thoughts and Prayers now and in the days to come.
Posted by Amber (Lemme) Johnson on August 27, 2021
My deepest sympathies to your entire family. Al’s smile is one I will never forget. Certainly brightened a room. My heart is breaking to hear of his passing. My God comfort you during this time.
Posted by Nathan and Jody Serfling on August 27, 2021
Sending our sympathies to the Goldammer family. We are so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Stacey Riedel on August 27, 2021
I want to extend my sympathies to the entire Goldammer family. Al was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. Love and hugs, Stacey
Posted by Evan & Lawren Schwindt on August 27, 2021
Blessed to have known such a great man taken too soon. Prayers and love sent from us to your entire family.
Posted by Renee Swanhorst-Olson on August 27, 2021
Sympathies and prayers for the entire Goldammer family.. Pastor Al was such a spiritual inspiration for me when I moved to Redfield and joined OSL. He will forever hold a special place in heart.
Posted by Amy Riedel Miles on August 27, 2021
My sympathies to Pastor Al's family. Pastor Al was the Pastor at my church in Madison, SD, when I was confirmed. He was the pastor who I learned the most from. I've thought about him many times over the years and I hope my son has someone who cares about his spiritual growth as much as Pastor Al cared about the spiritual growth of the youth in his churches. Thank You, Pastor Al! Prayers to his family.
Posted by Darrel Rohlfs Jr. Redfield SD on August 27, 2021
Pastor Al was the most influential person in my spiritual life. He was a teacher of God’s word and helped and held his students accountable to understand what the scriptures meant. Colleen and I were confirmed together at OSL and later married in the same church. We are still members and have had 5 children baptized and confirmed as well as a daughter married last June. I owe much of this to Pastor Al for teaching us that being a Christian is a responsibility. However , it can be fun. As when we weren’t studying he was sure to take us camping and water skiing. Rest in peace to an influential person that will never be forgotten. Darrel and Colleen Rohlfs.
Posted by Kelly Loudenburg on August 27, 2021
My heartfelt condolences are with Pastor Al’s family. Pastor Al was very special to me and I think about him and his teachings often. I cherish the backbpacking trip that we took to the Bighorns in 1990. Pastor Al was a wonderful Pastor at St John’s Lutheran Church in Madison and he was a inspiration to me and so many others. My heart is saddened and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Posted by Sharon Shantz on August 27, 2021
Sending prayers!!
Posted by Rodger/Mary Wenzlaff on August 27, 2021
So, so sorry for your loss. Al and I spent many weekends together at Via de Cristo. A great friend and man of God.
Posted by Laurie Danforth on August 27, 2021
My sympathies to Pastor Al's family. He was an inspriation and a great neighbor in Frederick. I enjoyed taking care of Goldie one of his labs. The world was a better place because of Pastor Al and his family. Cherish all the memories.
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