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 www.losd.org