Bernard William “Ben” Kirmer, 85, Claflin, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Ellsworth County Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 5, 1931, in rural Odin to Andrew A. “Andy” and Stephanie J. “Fannie” (Zorn) Kirmer.

He married Shirla A. Moore on June 14, 1958, in Larned. She preceded him in death Feb. 20, 2010. He was a longtime resident of Dubuque and Claflin area. He was a farmer and stockman in the Dubuque area. He enjoyed being a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed his farming that he passed down to his children and helped on the farm until his recent health issues. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War as a corporal and rifle instructor.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Claflin, and a former member of St. Catherine Catholic Church, Dubuque, and Knights of Columbus Odin Council No. 2630.

Survivors include four sons, Gary Kirmer and wife, Patricia, Alan Kirmer and wife, Kathy, and Marvin Kirmer and wife, Bobette, all of Claflin, and Dennis Kirmer and wife, Jan, Hays; two daughters, Rita Stueder and husband, Alan, and Lora Zink and husband, Joe, all of Claflin; two brothers, Andy Kirmer and wife, Lyn, Rogers, Ark., and Richard “Dick” Kirmer and wife, Nancy, Hoisington; a sister, Irene Carlisle, Woodward, Okla.; 19 grandchildren, Rachel Dolechek, Megan Niedens, Brogan White, Norel Kirmer, Carson Kirmer, Brandy Kirmer, Kyle Kirmer, Kalee Kirmer, Sarah Stueder, Cindy Stueder, Tim Stueder, Abby Stueder, Nathan Zink, Neil Zink, Nicole Koelsch, Natalie Bieberle, Drew Kirmer, Kade Kirmer, and Benn Kirmer; 12 great-grandchildren; and several more on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edwin Kirmer; and a sister, Viola Bennett.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; burial in St. Catherine Cemetery, Dubuque.

Friends can call until 5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, both at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, and after 6 p.m. Friday at the church.

A vigil, followed by Knights of Columbus rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Dubuque Heritage Association or Claflin Ambulance Fund in care of the funeral home.