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Lyle "Jim" James Driemeyer

Mass of Christian Burial for Lyle “Jim” Driemeyer, Sr., 77, of Minneota, will be Friday, January 28, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church, and interment will follow at St. Edward Catholic Cemetery. A recording of the service will be available later at https://youtu.be/vLAIK7S6T7I.

Lyle James “Jim” Driemeyer, Sr. was born December 9, 1944, in Tyler, to Emmett and Violet (Soma) Driemeyer. He grew up and attended school in Tyler, where his family were members of the Christian Missionary Alliance. As a young man, Jim was introduced to Carol Caron by mutual friends. The couple was married on August 26, 1967, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Jim and Carol lived by Ghent and Marshall for a time, before moving to Minneota, where they lived for many years.

Jim kept busy, working road construction for McLaughlin Schulz for many years, and driving school bus during the winters on the off season. He also owned Jim’s Corral in downtown Minneota, where he repaired shoes and sold Western wear and horse equipment. He loved raising and taking care of his horses. After he closed the store downtown, Jim set up a shoe repair shop right outside their home, which he kept up with until the week of his death. He called himself a “Saver of Soles” and he enjoyed inviting friends to his “church” for “communion” every week…or maybe more than once a week! Jim was a member of the Minneota Fire Department for over 20 years, retiring in 1999. His favorite memories were time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. Jim was also a talented woodworker, carving cars, trucks, and toys for family and friends.

Jim died on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at his home in Minneota, surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife Carol of Minneota; children Lyle Driemeyer Jr. of Yankton, SD, Byron (Michelle) Driemeyer of Alexandria, and Kathy “Kitty” (Kurt) Fezler of Prior Lake; grandchildren Emalee and Abigail Driemeyer and Kodi Fezler; brother Bob Driemeyer; sisters Ella Mae Klaudt and Betty Driemeyer; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Don Driemeyer, and sister Ione Eckdahl.

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My grandparents tried to be around me and be with me I knew them my hole life and loved them so much. Rest easy grandpa love you. Fly high I wish I could of huged u one last time. I hope to see meet my aunt and uncle sometime.

Tosha kyle aka driemeyer Feb 26 2022 11:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lyle "Jim" Driemeyer

Chris Hansen Jan 28 2022 1:39 PM

The first time that I met Jim was about 50 years ago when I started working for McLaughlin & Schulz. Jim was running dozer and loader to the asphalt plant in Marshall. Although I was one of the owner's son (this did not matter to him), Jim took me under his wing and helped me with many, many things as I started to learn the asphalt paving industry!! Over time I called him "Driemie." Jim was always willing to go the extra mile and was the kind of man that would give you the shirt off his back!!! He will be missed!!!!

Jeffrey J Bailey Jan 27 2022 9:07 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lyle "Jim" Driemeyer

Dianne Nelsen Jan 27 2022 7:34 AM

Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We always had such a great time together. Even though I am moved away I think of all of you often and trade our construction stories still.

Christi Cooley Baxter Jan 26 2022 8:07 AM

Sorry to hear of Jim's passing.

David and Deanna Cooley Jan 25 2022 8:57 PM

We, Allan and Linda, are sad to hear of LyleDriemeyer's death. Take care be safe.

Linda Telste & Allan Telste Jan 25 2022 4:23 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lyle "Jim" Driemeyer


Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss!

Lauiren Pechovnik Jan 25 2022 10:07 AM

Carol and family - Jim was a wonderful person - I enjoyed visiting with him while he fixed my kids boots or a piece of horse equipment. He had such wonderful stories to tell, I never left there without a smile on my face. Prayers go out to you and your family. May you find peace in the memories.

Deb Johnson Jan 25 2022 9:05 AM

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