Dwayne Charles Carmer, 83, Winona Lake, passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021, at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw.
He was born on March 14, 1938, in Rives Junction, Mich., to Lilah Myrrh (Ward) Carmer and Charles Emery Carmer. On Sept. 10, 1960, at the age of 22, he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Kathryn “Kathy” Ann (Barker) Carmer in Brighton, Mich. Together they shared the joy of raising five children and loved every addition to their family. They were blessed with 58 years of marriage before she passed away on Oct. 13, 2018.
He graduated from Jackson High School in Jackson, Mich., in 1956. He earned his electrical engineering degree in 1961 from the University of Michigan. He was a very intelligent man and was a life-long learner, always absorbing everything he could. In 1960, he started working at ERIM of Michigan as a research engineer, retiring after 35 years of service in 1995.
He was always at his wife’s side, a partner in everything they did. They moved to Kosciusko County in 2007 and together they enjoyed hosting family and friends at Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake. He and his family spent their summers at Piatt Lake where for 30 years they were members of Piatt Lake Bible Conference, Eckerman, Mich. He was a past member of the Gideons and enjoyed fellowship with his church family at Pleasant View Bible Church in Warsaw. He was always a faithful servant of the Lord through the local churches he enjoyed attending. He was a devoted husband, a dedicated father, grandfather and great-grandfather who was dearly loved and will be missed by his family and many friends.
He will be lovingly remembered by his three daughters: Cindy (Rev. Chuck) McCallum, Marion; Lynnette (Jim) Engle, Warsaw; Angelyn (Rev. Paul) VanCise, Bryant; and two sons: Kent (Sarah) Carmer, Indianapolis; Rev. Greg (Laura) Carmer, Beverly, Mass. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren: Robert (Abby), Becca (Jacob), Nicholas (Laura); Josh, Eli, Kathrine, Leah, Samuel, Jaclyn (Tim), Evan, Ryan and Lauryn; great-grandson: Max; and his brother: Dwight (Judy) Carmer, Rives Junction, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and brother.
Dwayne’s life will be celebrated with a funeral service at noon on Tuesday, June 15, at Pleasant View Bible Church, 2782 W. CR 200N, Warsaw, and officiated by Pastor Mike Hontz. Visitation will be held prior to his funeral service from 10 a.m. to noon. Burial will follow with a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw. Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw.
Memorial donations may be directed to Grace Village Retirement Community, 337 Grace Village Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590; or to Gideons International, P.O. Box 766, Winona Lake, IN 46590-0766.
Condolences can be sent to www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com.