Karl W. Dambach, 67, of Lanesboro, and a longtime resident of Winona, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. He was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, Scleroderma, in April of this year.

He was born July 9, 1946, in Winona, to Frederick and Florence (Veraguth) Dambach.

He married Marie Bergaus on Nov. 18, 1967, in Winona.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-66, stationed in the Korean DMZ. Following the service, he worked for Bunke Apco Company and the railroad before working at O'Laughlin Plumbing. He then returned to school on the G.I. Bill and graduated from Winona Vo-Tech with a degree in tool and die and welding. He went to Ferrier School in Oklahoma to learn how to shoe horses. He then went on to work for Bay State Milling for 26 years before having to change careers because of asthma. He then worked for Steve's Vac and Sew.

He and his wife lived in Winona on Otis Street until moving to Homer Valley in 1971 and to Lanesboro to be near family in 2005.

The outdoors was his passion. He loved to hunt and fish in surrounding areas as well as in Ely and South Dakota. He and his wife enjoyed trips to Alaska and Florida in their camper and to Hill City to four wheel and fish with friends. He was an avid builder of many things, one of them being their dream home in Lanesboro.

He is survived by his wife, Marie; two daughters, Karla Dambach (Rick Merchlewitz) and Kim Reimann (Rory Berekvam), both of Lanesboro; grandchildren, Kassie DeVorak and Emily and Alex Reimann; siblings, Emilie (Ed) Hemmelman of Winona, Dee (Jerry) Barnholtz of Stockton and John (Charlotte) Dambach, of Tombstone, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Lynn; a sister, Marlene Braithwaite; and his parents.

Services to celebrate his life were held last Saturday, Aug. 24, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center in Winona, led by Funeral Celebrant Tim Hoff.

Please share a memory at his online guestbook, and view his tribute video when it becomes available at hofffuneral.com.

He donated his body to the University of Minnesota Anatomical Bequest Program and donated his eyes to Minnesota Lions Eye Bank.