Brockmeyer, Donald Diedrich (July 10, 1916 - May 15, 1961)

Dies of Accidental Gunshot Wound

Unknown - May 18, 1961

Donald Brockmeyer, life-long county resident, died May 15 in Converse County Memorial Hospital about four hours after he was shot in a freak accident at his home. He was 45 years of age.

The accident occurred in the basement of his home as he was reaching for a tool he needed in his work. He accidentally knocked over a loaded rifle which discharged, sending the bullet through the back of his head. His wife was at home at the time and called an ambulance to bring him to the hospital in Douglas.

Funeral services were held today, May 18, at St. James Catholic Church in Douglas, with Father McGovern officiating. Burial was in Douglas Park cemetery.

Recitation of the Rosary was held May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Stark's Chapel.

Mr. Brockmeyer was born in Akron, Colorado, July 10, 1916, moving to Douglas with his family a short time later. He was an active member of American Legion, having served with the armed forces in World War II; and the National Associating of Postmasters. He conducted a thriving business at his home with the manufacture of snow fences and cribbing, which he designed and executed himself.

He is survived by his wife, Vera; his mother, Mrs. Ethel Brockmeyer of Lynden, Wash.; 2 brothers, Charles of Washington D.C.; and a sister, Mrs. Herminmie Sanford of Douglas.

Pallbearers were George Riehle, Paul Burk, Roy Richards, Victor and Lawrence Nachtman, and August Riehle.

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