Daniel Robert Tesmer, 75, of Greencastle walked through the gates of Heaven on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.
Born Jan. 28, 1944, at Norwalk, Ohio, he was the son of Theodore and Ruth (Lutts) Tesmer. Dan was a graduate of Bainbridge High School Class of 1962.
Dan was a “giver” who always helped those in need most proudly, was a devoted Christian who spent nearly everyday of his adult life reading and spreading the word of the Lord. Humbly, Dan was a decorated Purple Heart recipient after serving in the Vietnam War as a Sargent in the United States Army. He was the very definition of a “man”…. Always putting family first and working from a young age to support his mother and siblings. Beyond that, you would never hear Dan ask for pity or help. He lived every day with humility and was prideful in every aspect of his life and love for God.
Dan also loved flying planes and was a flight instructor for several years. Following retirement from the United States Postal Service Dan spent countless hours involved with his church, assisting those in need through mission work, taking care of his farm, camping and spending time in their Florida home. Most of those things done arm in arm with his love of his life, Charmaine.
Dan is survived by his wife of 54 years, Charmaine (Hornaday) Tesmer; children, Faith (Frank) Lenihan, James (Kristi) Tesmer, Jon (Angie) Tesmer, Joe (Teri) Tesmer, Rebecca (Ahmed) Alkhali, Ruth (Terry) Stanley, Mary (Lee) Akers and Grace (Josh) Buis; sisters, Judy (Chuck) Foster and Mary J. Tesmer; and brother John Tesmer. Notably, Dan loved as much as anything spending time and making memories with his 30 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ted and Jerry Tesmer; and sisters, Barbara Williams and June Weed.
The family will welcome and receive friends 4-8 p.m. Friday at New Life Baptist Church, 51 Ridgeway St., Greencastle. Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at New Life Baptist Church. Interment with military honors will follow at Boone-Hutcheson Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Twin Lakes Youth Christian Camp. Checks can be mailed to the camp at 1451 E. Twin Lakes Road, Hillsboro, IN 47949 or contact Jon Beight at 765-366-7944 to donate via credit card.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family c/o www.Hopkins-Rector.com.