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Our beloved Colonel Elmer J. Dymmel, U.S. Air Force, retired, slipped from this world into the loving arms of his Lord Jesus Christ and Savior on June 7, 2014, at the age of 91 in Sequim.
He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on June 22, 1922, to Olga and Julius Dymmel.
He was raised in Detroit, Michigan, where he completed his secondary education prior to moving with his family to Anaheim, California.
In Anaheim, he met the love of his life, Ruth Emily Mabs.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ruth; his daughters, Wendy (Buzz) Cutting and Melody (Dave) Huchingson; and his brother, Kenneth Dymmel. He has four grandchildren, Lauren Cutting, Allison Cutting, Jennifer Huchingson (Jason) Lewis and Captain Christopher Huchingson; and one great-granddaughter, Katelyn Lewis.
In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard as a radioman and spent more than two years in the South Pacific Theater during World War II.
Honorably discharged from active duty in 1946, he attended the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and the California Baptist Theological College, where he received a bachelor's degree.
In 1953, he earned his Master of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Covina, California. He served as minister of music and youth at Florence Baptist Church in Los Angeles and later as pastor until 1955.
Receiving a direct commission as first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1953, he resumed his active-duty career as a chaplain in the Air Force in 1956 with duty assignments in Texas, Canada, Japan, California, Panama, Colorado, Virginia, Vietnam and Oklahoma.
He was promoted to the rank of colonel while stationed at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. He was base chaplain at Castle Air Force Base.
In 2009, he and his wife, Ruth, moved to Sequim.
A private interment ceremony will be held at the Tahoma National Cemetery on Tuesday, June 17. A celebration of his life will be held at Sequim Community Church, 950 North Fifth Avenue, on Wednesday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Veterans Association, www.vetsaa.org/477323; or Assured Hospice of Clallam and Jefferson Counties, 24 Lee Chatfield Way, Sequim, WA 98382.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 15, 2014