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Richard J. Carmer

Born: Wed., Jun. 27, 1923
Died: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019

Celebration of Life

2:00 AM Thu., Aug. 22, 2019
Location: McConnellsville Golf Course


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 22, 2019
Location: McConnellsville Golf Course

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Richard James Carmer 96, formerly of McConnellsville, NY passed away August 5, 2019 at the Nottingham, Jamesville, NY. He was born June 27, 1923 to Kenneth Vanderbilt Carmer and Alma Sayles Carmer in Larchmont, NY and was predeceased by his parents and younger brother, Ken Carmer, Jr., Richard grew up in the Larchmont, NY area until enlisting in the Army and serving with the Tenth Mountain Division. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1948 and remained active with his college. He enjoyed both collegiate Hockey at Hamilton and professionally with the Clinton Comets. During his Army service he became an avid skier and enjoyed many years of skiing with his family. Golf and tennis were also activities he enjoyed. He was always an avid reader and a teacher of history to us all.
He took a sales position upon graduation from college with Harden Furniture and remained with the company until his retirement as Vice President of Sales. He remained in the McConnellsville community upon retirement involved with the nonprofit Cluster 13 Ministries, the McConnellsville Community Church and many other community activities.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years Jane Elizabeth Kies Carmer and his four children, Richard Jr., Lisanne, Dewitt and James. He was blessed to have six grandchildren, Lindsay, Jessica, Elizabeth, Riley, Jesse and Aimee Carmer as well as two great grandchildren, Grayson and Saylor Loftus. Many cherished memories remain with us all from the wonderful family trips and adventures over the years.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the McConnellsville Golf Course on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 2:00 -5:0pm. Private interment McConnellsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cluster 13 Ministries (cluster13@twcny,.rr.com).

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Janet Dixon
   Posted Sat August 17, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. Dee and Rick, your dad was the sales manager when I first started working at Harden. I used to do his dictation for him. I remember him being a kind and fair man. He certainly lived a long life, now it's time for him to rest. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Janet Dixon💕🙏

Margo Wilkinson
   Posted Wed August 21, 2019
Scott Ayres and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family. We have know Dick for many years and enjoyed his stories. May the many memories you have help you through this difficult time.

Patricia Johnson
   Posted Fri August 23, 2019
I was so sorry to learn about the passing of your father. He was a neighbor of my Mother’s at the table and down the hall in The Nottingham. He was so impressive, as was his lovely wife, Jane. There are so many unassuming heroes among us and it turned out there was one right beside me having his meal. Dick was one of the original recruits- an excellent skier and an amateur hockey player- who was sworn in to fight on skis, in the newly formed 10th Mountain Division, to serve in the Alps during WWII. He said recruiters came to scoop up the whole National Ski Patrol at that time. The history was fresh in my mind having visited the 10th’s museum in Vail last year and because of the Army-Navy Game when West Point honored their service, dedicating the game to them. The football team wore a snow white uniform for them, that ended up being perfect camo! I was able to share a lot of pictures with Dick and he shared so many stories, including sleeping on a bed of snow shoes and pine needles, serving with Bob Dole, the reunions he has attended which proudly includes the German soldiers they fought. He spoke about the mistakes that were made, establishing a brand new unit and concept of warfare and how they found their way and he talked about the terror that is war. He is almost deaf from being a machine gunner. His weapon was from the Spanish-American war. He made it back home after five years away, went to college, played hockey, and met his beautiful wife, Jane. They have a great family. Dick said that when the WWII vets came home, they literally could be accepted into any college, including the Ivy League, because the war had deprived colleges of students. They had emptied out. The GI Bill ensured that the vets would be able to afford their price of tuition. Dick chose Hamilton because a former teammate of his had become the hockey coach there. Just a delightful time meeting him. He truly did “Climb to Glory”! I told Dick there is a DVD out about his unit. He said, with a wink, he doesn’t recall they asked him to participate in the making of the film. Dick had a little outburst of joy watching the YouTube movie trailer tho, because he thought he saw himself jumping on his skis at :32-:33. https://youtu.be/0GL3A7W03aI He also shared a little anecdote. Dick said that before his unit deployed to Europe, he and his platoon would go out on the town in Denver, and that they always stood out among all of the other soldiers, because of their very unique uniforms. He said they did not look as dashing as others, going out in big ski boots and oversized parkas. What a great man. I will pray for him and Jane and your family. I was happy to meet him.

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