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Remembering Dan Shimek


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the founder of the Outdoor GreatRoom Company, Dan Shimek.  Dan passed away on October 11, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.  His enthusiasm for life and dedication to friends and family will be missed by all.  Wake and funeral arrangements are as follows:

Thursday, Oct 17th
3:00-8:00 pm

White Funeral Home

14560 Pennock Ave
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Friday, Oct 18th
Visitation: 9:30-10:30
Mass: 10:30-11:30
Lunch: 11:45

Saint John Neumann Church
4030 Pilot Knob Rd
Eagan, MN 55122


It is our intent to continue Dan’s vision of providing innovative, quality products while treating everyone with dignity & respect. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn his passing. The offices will be closed Friday October 18, 2013.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Team


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6 Responses to “Remembering Dan Shimek”

  1. JOE THOMAS Says:

    Dan is going to be missed,he was a leader in the hearth business and a true friend with many .

  2. dealer Says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a GREAT man. I truly enjoyed getting to know Dan over the years. My heart goes out to all of you at this sad time.

  3. david lepro Says:

    My condolences to Dan’s family … I met Dan way back when the Heat-n-glo fireplaces were first developed and knew that he would be a leader in our “hearth business” That year was the first that we entered the hearth business ( retailers ) ourselves and we have followed in joint footsteps ever since. A great career for him! We will all mourn his passing. David Lepro

  4. Layne Nichols Says:

    I only met Dan a few times but remembered him as a true gentleman. Very knowledgeable in his profession.

  5. Chuck Wanous Says:

    Over the years Dan was a client, an associate and always a friend. He mixed vision and enthusiasm in a way that drove businesses and made people happy to be a part of his teams. My prayers are with his family.

  6. Todd Ackerman Says:

    Dan will be missed. As a great mentor his spirit will live long in all of us. Every interaction with Dan was always positive. To engage him in business was to become a friend. A truly remarkable quality. My family’s sympathies and prayers go out to the Shimek family and many close friends.

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