Donald E. Calmer

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Donald E. Calmer

94, passed away November 12, 2012 at his home in Noblesville, Indiana.

Don was born August 3, 1918 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Edward E. and Bessie V. (Miller) Calmer. He graduated in 1941 from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. While in the army during WWII, he attended Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was as a commissioned officer in the Army Signal Corp. He remained in the US Army Officer Reserve Corp until 1962.

He was employed with General Electric for nearly forty years in various management positions within the Installation and Service Engineering Division until his retirement in 1981. With GE, he worked in a range of industries from the dieselization of the railroads in the 1940's to the expansion of the steel industry in the 1960's and 1970's. He was based over his employment in Cleveland, Ohio; Schenectady, New York; Chicago, Illinois; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Don was a lifetime member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., as well as the American Legion and the National Association of Amateur Radio.

Since childhood, he was an amateur ham radio operator designing and constructing his own sets. He loved to fish in the wilds of northern Minnesota and Canada and was a skilled woodworker. During his retirement, he made wooden trains that he donated to hospitals and schools.

Don and Patricia Ann McCorkle were married on August 7, 1948. His sister, Barbara Jean Calmer predeceased him November 1, 1996, Oberlin, Ohio.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, Charles E. Calmer and his partner, Thomas Lewis, who reside in Portland, Oregon and daughter, Emily A. (Calmer) Magowan, husband, Stephen P. Magowan, and grandchildren, Patrick R. Magowan (also a member of Delta Tau Delta) and Justine E. Magowan of South Burlington, Vermont.

There will be no visiting hours and all arrangements are private. The family would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to the numerous caregivers, particularly Patricia Hahn, and St. Vincent's Hospital Hospice.

Arrangements entrusted to A.R.N. Cremation Services.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 16, 2012
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