Dalmer H. Strain, 82, of Eyota, MN, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Arbor Gardens Place in Eyota.
Dalmer was born April 9, 1938 at the family home in Olmsted County to Lloyd and Clara Arlene (Younger) Strain. He was a graduate of Chatfield High School. On December 8, 1957, Dalmer married Marilyn Christenson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester. After several entrepreneurial businesses as a young man, he joined his parents as co-owners of Strain's Bus Company. Dalmer went on to own and operate the charter bus service, Bold Lines Inc./Strain Motorcoach Tours. Throughout his busing career, Dalmer prided himself on giving his bus patrons personalized service and went out of his way to ensure everyone enjoyed their travels, whether it was a school sporting event or trip of a lifetime. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, playing cribbage and spending time with his family.
Dalmer is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marilyn; children, Bryan (Marie) Strain of Eagan, MN, Bradley Strain of Rochester, MN, Patrick (Amy) Strain of Onalaska, WI and Victoria (Michael) Fachin of Owatonna, MN; grandchildren, Sarah and Erick Strain, Ashley, Cody and Tyler Strain, Emily and Abigail Strain and Brandon Fachin; sisters, Patricia (Jerry) Davis, Sandra (Dan) Schwering and brother, Scott Strain. Dalmer was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Arlene and by his brother, Burdene.
A memorial service to celebrate Dalmer's life will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 222 6th Ave. SW, Rochester, MN, where he and Marilyn were long-time members. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service. Rev. Nathaniel Schwartz will be officiating with inurnment at Grandview Memorial Gardens. Due to Covid-19, masks will be required and social distancing will be observed. The memorial service will also be livestreamed at www.trinitylutheranchurch.org Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Strain family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
Dear Marilyn, Brian, Brad, Patrick, and Vicky. I am thinking of you all during this difficult time. I will miss Dalmer a lot. I remember being a kid and loved coming to your house back in the day. We had a lot of fun over there and I loved playing with Vicky who had the best toys! I loved being over there and enjoying Marilyn's "icky apple pie" and her amazing meals she would make for us. There are so many memories of family time over the years with you all, I could write a 1000 page novel. I am glad I can cherish the memory of the time Dalmer took me to an auction with him, and it was just us 2. He drove his motor coach up and I sat in the front seat and we chatted all the way up to the auction near the cities somewhere. He was helping me car shop and found a camaro at the auction that we went to go look at. It was a fun day among many other wonderful memories over all of these years. Dalmer will be dearly missed, but we will see him again someday. Love to you all. Debbi
My prayers and thoughts go out to all the family. I'm sorry I didn't hear of the passing of Dalmer until today. Denny and I had many fun times playing cards, fishing, and joking around with Dalmer and Marilyn and families. Denny enjoyed working for Strain's Bus Company for many years and they all treated us like family. Dalmer will truly be missed by all. There are a few more angels in heaven now. Maybe they can get a good game of cards or cribbage going. Take Care and God Bless you all. Love, Sandy Berhow
We are so sorry to hear about Dalmer. So many great memories of visiting at the farm. He always had a big smile and teased us a lot. He had a big heart.
I am so sorry to hear of Dalmers passing. I drove a lot of miles with Dalmer and Strains Bus Company.
My sympathy to the Strain family.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Uncle Dalmer. We want to extend our sympathies to Aunt Marilyn, Bryan, Bradley, Patrick and Vicki. May peace and comfort find you'all during this difficult time. Love, David, Malinda, James, Michael, Camie and Sean Molde.
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