Dr. John L. Hamer M.D., 95

Dr. John L. Hamer M.D., 95, died on Jan. 15, 2019, at Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester. 

He was born in 1923, in Waterloo, Iowa, to parents O. Stuart Hamer, PhD, and Gertrude (Sharp) Hamer.  

John attended school in North Manchester and earned a degree from Manchester College.  He received his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University.  It was there that he met Esther Rinehart, from Hagerstown, who was also attending the School of Nursing. 

After earning his medical degree, John and Esther were married on June 28, 1952, in Hagerstown.  In 1953, both went to Nigeria, where they performed medical/nursing work for 16 years.  In addition to his medical work, John was also an ordained minister and elder in the Church of the Brethren and a member at the Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren.

Upon returning from Nigeria in 1969, John joined a group family practice in LaGrange, and then had his own family practice of 18 years in Fort Wayne.  In addition, John worked as a hospice physician at Parkview Hospital and at the Fort Wayne State Development Center for 10 years. 

In 1989, both John and his wife Esther, received Manchester College Alumni Honor awards and John was recognized by the State of Indiana Medical Association for 50 years as a practicing physician. 

John will be forever remembered by his wife, Esther Hamer, North Manchester, and two daughters, Dr. Harriet Hamer (Abram Bergen), South Bend, and Krista Hamer-Schweer (Thomas Schweer), Colbe, Germany; two step-grandchildren and four great-step-grandchildren. Also by nieces and nephews, David, Sylvia, Kevin and Janice Hamer.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Vaughn Hamer (Marcia), and nephew Robin Hamer.

A memorial service will take place at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East St., North Manchester, on Saturday Feb. 9, 2019 at 1:15 p.m. with visitation to follow. 

Visitation will also take place on Sunday Feb. 10, from 1-4 p.m. at Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren, 2810 Beacon St. Fort Wayne.  Pastors Brian Flory and Karen Eberly will officiate. 

Burial will be Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.  

In lieu of flowers, preferred Memorials are: the John L. and Esther L. Rinehart Hamer Endowed Professorship in Music at Manchester University; Timbercrest, or Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren.

Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary

Posted on 2019 Jan 23