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David Greminger Sr.

Nov. 24, 1947-Nov. 12, 2008

David J. Greminger, Sr., 60, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at Innovis Health in Fargo.

David was born to Wesley and Amanda (Dey) Greminger on Nov. 24, 1947 in Detroit Lakes. As a child, he moved with his family to Dilworth for a short time before settling in the Fargo-Moorhead area, where he grew up and attended school. In his late teens his family moved back to Detroit Lakes, where he attended high school and graduated from Detroit Lakes Welding School. Her married Pamela Ohman in December of 1966 in Lockport, Ill., where he began working for Caterpillar Tractor Company, Inc., as a welder. The couple was blessed with two children, David Greminger Jr. and Dawn Greminger.

In July 1989 David married Ingrid Gronau in Joliet, Ill. They were blessed with one son, John Greminger. In 1997, David retired from Caterpillar after 30 years of service. He loved 1950s and '60s pop music as well as country, and he was a drummer in his younger years in several bands. He was also a devoted Catholic. David enjoyed being center stage with family and friends, performing magic tricks, telling stories and jokes. He liked having a good time and being Santa Claus for friends and family members, and at various functions. He will be sadly missed by many, especially his children.

David is survived by his wife Ingrid of Cresthill, Ill.; two sons, David Greminger Jr., of Detroit Lakes, and John Greminger, currently serving in the U.S. Navy; one daughter, Dawn Greminger of Fargo; three brothers, Jerry (Karen) Greminger of Braidwood, Ill., Eugene Greminger and Dennis Greminger, both of Lockport, Ill.; one sister, Pam (Rich) Michnidwicz, also of Lockport; one stepdaughter, Christina (Mike) Estep of Joliet, Ill.; one grandson and two step-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, aunts, and uncles as well as his extended family: adopted sisters Cindy, Tammy, and Debbi and his personal friends, Biker Joe and Rhonda.

Preceding David in death were his parents and one infant daughter, Victoria; two brothers, Dale and Robert; one niece, two great grandnephews and mother-in-law, Delores Ohman.

Memorial services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at