David E. Schimnowski, age 76, of Cottage Grove passed away on March 2, 2020.
He grew up working alongside his parents at farms near Holland, MN and Arco, MN. David graduated from Ivanhoe, MN high school in 1962 and he proudly served with Air National Guard for 25 years.
David and Sharon began their married in life in 1967 in Marshall, MN where David worked for the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation. In 1973 David and Sharon moved to Cottage Grove, MN where he continued with MnDOT and retired after 40 years of employment.
David enjoyed vegetable gardening, weekly trips to the bakery and watching eagles soar. He and Sharon especially enjoyed camping at the Minnesota State Parks, having visited all state parks in Minnesota twice. Bear Head Lake State Park was Dave’s favorite. Road trips took them to all states except Hawaii. They also spent time at many national parks, including numerous visits to Glacier National Park.
David’s greatest joys in life were his boys and their families.
Celebrating special occasions together were the best times, including the annual “Schimnowski Christmas concerts” that were so special to him.
He always enjoyed attending events that family participated in.
In Dave’s own wonderful and loving and special ways… he touched our lives in ways that will always be with us.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Erick and Nellie Schimnowski.
David is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon; children, Paul (Melissa) and Jon (Lee); grandchildren, Erick, Emma, Greta, Clara, and Ava, Jonah, Lucas.
Funeral Service 12:30 PM on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Christ the Lord Church, 9998 90th St S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016 with visitation beginning at 10:30 AM. Burial will be on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Holland Cemetery at 10:00 AM.