David Wilmeth, 1942-2021


David James Wilmeth, 78, of La Porte, Ind., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.

He was born Nov. 19, 1942, in La Porte to Martin and Betty (Dunafon) Wilmeth.

David was an iron worker with Iron Workers Local Union 395. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. David was an avid poker player, playing with his poker buddies every Saturday night. He was a Notre Dame and Chicago Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks fan, as well as a Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts fan.

David loved to travel and took his wife Evelyn on many adventures, including Italy, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Australia, Alaska, Hawaii, and Mexico. He loved family get-togethers, cookouts and volleyball, competing in horseshoes with his father and brothers-in-law, ping-pong with the kids, laughing at the family’s nonstop stories, 5,000-piece puzzles, and endless Sudoku. He loved his ready-made family and all of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren he was blessed with.

On Sept. 18, 1982, David married Evelyn L. Kaercher, who survives with children, Clyde (Maria) Gaw of Indianapolis, Kevin Gaw of Littleton, Colo., Patty (Michael) De Stefano of South Bend, Ind., Tony (Bridgette) Gaw of Sheridan, Ind., Tim (Lora) Gaw of Walkerton, Ind., and Kirk Gaw of Los Angeles, Calif.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brothers, Dennis (Karen) Wilmeth of Baltimore, Md., and Danny Wilmeth of Denver, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter-in-law, Deb Gaw.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, La Porte, where a family eulogy will be held at 7 p.m. Family and friends are welcome to gather at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at the funeral home prior to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, La Porte. Rev. Bill O’Toole will officiate. Burial will follow in Patton Cemetery, La Porte.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.

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3 Responses to “David Wilmeth, 1942-2021”

  1. Don and Mary Grott!

    Feb 19. 2021

    So sorry for your loss Evie! May he Rest In Peace! ❤️

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  2. Jana Dunifon

    Feb 20. 2021

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ❤️

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  3. Steve & Jackie Kennedy

    Feb 21. 2021

    Aunt Evie I just found out and I’m in Ga I am sorry to hear about Dave and we send you our love and condolences.

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