Gerald Dimit, 80, Albert Lea

Published 10:30 am Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Gerald Goodrich “Jerry” Dimit, 80, of Albert Lea, Minn., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, surrounded by his family.

Gerald G. Dimit

Jerry was born on June 13, 1932, to Charles and Erma (Goodrich) Dimit in Grinnell, Iowa. He grew up in Grinnell, Iowa and graduated from Grinnell schools. In June of 1952, Jerry married Beverly Joanne Larsen in Newton, Iowa. The couple later divorced. Jerry worked for Maytag briefly before enlisting in the United States Army where he was in the military police serving in Germany.

After his discharge, Jerry moved to Austin where he was employed at Weyerhauser, drove for Austin Cab Company and attended Austin Vo-tech for auto mechanics. Jerry worked for the Austin Police Department from July 1959 to December 1983. After his retirement, Jerry worked for the Austin Ambulance as a manager until it was sold to Gold Cross. During this time he also drove school bus for 40 years. On June 29, 1991, he was united in marriage to Kathy Drenth at the Congregational Church in Austin, Minn. Jerry was also very active with, and served on the board of the Red Cross. He taught CPR classes and also became a Charter Coach bus driver. Jerry and Kathy enjoyed wintering in Mesa, Ariz. where Jerry served as a deacon at the Maranatha Christian Reformed Church. He was also a member of the Congregational Church of Austin and the Hollandale Christian Reformed Church. Jerry was also an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with his family. Blessed be his memory.

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Survivors include his wife, Kathy; daughters, Cheryl (Dan) Grove and Dana Dimit; son, David (Robin Skalsky) Dimit; grandchildren, Megan (Corey) Wilhelm and Heather (Jason) Rosenburger; great-grandchildren, Lucas Wilhelm, Aaron, Brayden, and Camdyn Rosenburger; sister, Donna (Bill) Myers; many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Sr. and Erma Dimit and brothers, Charles, Jr. and Dennis Dimit.

Memorials are preferred to the American Red Cross or the American Cancer Society.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at Hollandale Christian Reformed Church. The Rev. Michael Bentley will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by area veteran’s organizations. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at