Daniel Hemming, age 61, of Sleepy Eye, died on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at his home.
Danny Hemming, age 61, of Sleepy Eye, died on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at his home. Visitation will be on Friday, March 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Saturday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church. Service will be held at the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. The clergy will be Pastor Chris Cordes. Interment will be at the Home Cemetery, in Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Danny Lee Hemming, of Sleepy Eye, lost his courageous battle with lung cancer the evening of Sunday, March 9, 2014. Danny was born February 7, 1953 in Gaylord, to Helen Swenstad (Papke) and Robert L. Hemming. As a child, Danny spent his early years moving frequently with his family until graduating from Sleepy Eye Public School in 1970. After high school, Danny served briefly in the U.S. Army, upon which returning to Sleepy Eye. Danny completed the auto body program at Detroit Lakes Vocational School and began his career as an auto body technician. Shortly after, he met the love of his life, Debra Harms, and the two were united in marriage in the state of Louisana. It was then that Danny began his lifelong career as an owner/operator long-haul truck driver, which he continued up until his diagnosis of lung cancer on January 10, 2013. Over the years, Danny logged literally millions of miles hauling goods across the United States. Danny fathered two children. Jayme came first in 1971 and was born to Marilyn Marquardt. In 1981, he and Debbie gave birth to their Angel (Angelica), who was suddenly taken from us on April 13, 2013. Danny, Debbie, and Angel began their life as a family in Madison Lake, after which they moved to Federal Way, Wash. and then to Phoenix, Ariz. Ultimately, they would end up back home in Sleepy Eye where he lived until his passing.
Danny had many loves and passions, but none more than his rock, Debbie. Danny was a guitar player, and played in his own band, Ruffcutt while living in Madison Lake. There, he also co-managed a music store with his buddy Stix, and spent his time between the store and the road. Danny also loved muscle cars, which he owned and restored. His most memorable was his 1967 Pontiac LeMans. He and Debbie completed an off-frame total restoration of that car, which he would then race at Brainerd International Raceway. Danny discovered his passion of sound production later in life, and, along with Debbie, would spend weekends running sound for bands and musicians throughout southern Minnesota and in the Twin Cities. Danny and Deb produced countless events and music festivals, and Danny's keen ears would win him the respect of even more musicians and his peers. Danny also realized his dream of owning his own music store, which he opened in New Ulm. Due to a shrinking economy, he was forced to close his doors after just a few short years. Finally, Danny loved the Minnesota Twins. From spring training all the way through to October, Danny would faithfully listen and watch his team through their own ups and downs, and was fortunate enough to visit Target Field with Debbie for a midsummer game. Danny came to know the Lord Jesus Christ and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. It is because of this fact that Debbie and his family are content with the knowledge that Danny is now in no more pain, and is rejoicing with his Angel and his mother Helen.
Danny is faithfully survived by his adoring wife Debbie of Sleepy Eye; father Robert L. Hemming and stepmother Marlene of Kent, Wash.; son, Jayme Cluka of Woodbury; brothers, Donan (Cheryl) Hemming of Sleepy Eye, Scott (Sara) Swenstad of New Ulm, Robert (Donna) Burson of Harrison, Ark.; sister, Missy Rhoades of Portland, Ore.; sister-in-law, Lori Harms of Sleepy Eye; son-in-law, Stephen Kostoff of New Ulm; grandchildren, Brady and Lexi (Jayme), Xander and Madison (Angel); cousins, Allan and Tommy Klement, Cathy and Richard Schnobrich, and many nieces and nephews.
Danny was preceded in death by his daughter, Angel; mother, Helen Swenstad; mother-in-law, Mary Hass; stepfather, Harlan Swenstad; aunt Gloria Klement; and uncles Frank and Frederick Papke.