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David Charles Wilmer, 65, of Lebanon, TN, formerly of Rockford, passed away on May 10, 2018. Born November 1, 1952 in Rockford, the son of Donald and Jeannine (Clark) Wilmer. He married Lorna Rygh on Dec. 20, 1990. David was widely involved in the music industry and was a production manager and guitar tech for Cheap Trick for over 20 years. He was very generous with his time and was awarded Volunteer of the Year for the Nashville Habitat for Humanity last year. He could fix or build anything. He loved his animals and his family.

Survived by his wife, Lorna; his parents; his sister, Lynn Wilmer; nephew, Jason (Jessica) Wilmer; and niece, Tara Harris. Predeceased by his brother, Gary.

Memorial visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Olson Funeral Home, Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 2nd Ave. Rockford. Some words of remembrance will be shared at 4:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat Street, Americus, GA 31709-3498 or Country K-9 Rescue, 116 Rocky Road, Lebanon, TN. 37087.

Condolences & Shared Memories (37)

  1. Joanne johnson

    So sad to hear Dave is gone My prayers for strength go out to you. What fabulous memories my brother and I have with the Wilmers.

  2. Donna H

    I loved watching the tape and seeing a beautiful family. I know you are all heart broken. We loved having Dave and Lorna as friends and neighbors. Dave will be missedâ€"such a great guy

  3. Ann Zachary

    My dearest friend,LORNA I am heartbroken,David was such a fine and loving man,he will be so missed.My thoughts and prayers are with you.Rusty sends his love.

  4. Nicole Harte Kelly

    David was a true Renaissance Man. He was a master of many trades, he could build or fix anything and do it beautifully. He was "Uncle Dave," to my son, and also to my dogs, who adored him. He was patient and kind and loved animals. He was also generous with his time and skills, volunteering for good works. Every time we lose a good person, the whole world world is more sad, with his leaving. Much love to my dear friend, Lorna, and my condolences to those who were lucky enough to share some of their lives with this remarkable human being, who will be genuinely missed.

  5. Dina (Mayer) Stoenner

    We are so sorry to hear you have lost your husband Lorna. It is always hard to part with those we love so much, even though he will live in your heart forever. Our sympathy to you and your families.

  6. Stefan Phillips

    Fare thee well my touring mate. Gone but you will never be forgotten. So many memories, so little space. A true professional and the best in the business. My heart felt condolences to the family. Lorna, you have my number. As always, don't ever hesitate to use it should you ever need a friend or just a caring ear to sound off to.

  7. Maggie Wade

    My love reaches out to all of you. May God bless you in this time of sorrow and always walk by your side.

  8. Jeani Haines

    Heartfelt sympathy for the family and extended family. May the memories we share for a man well loved bring peace to our broken hearts.

  9. Lisa Watwood

    I worked with Dave in the coach leasing industry for many years. We had a lot of laughs. Dave was a great guy and a good friend. He will be dearly missed. Prayers of peace and comfort for the family.

  10. Garnett Johnson

    Sorry to learn of your sons death, heard about it originally from Bess Greenberg who lives here at Siena, my sincere sympathy to all your family. Also, learned about your sister Linda's death, Don I in the paper today. Much too much all at once. May God comfort you through all your days.

  11. John Rygh

    The most talented man I've ever met. David only had to think about what he wanted to accomplish and shortly, it was done. Always with a far more creative flair. A sweet loving man who I was proud to call my brother in law. Rest In Peace my friend.

  12. Jay "Hot Sam" Barth

    So proud to have been able to work with Dave over the sincere condolences to Lorna and the family...he was the best...

  13. Anne Hudgins

    David Wilmer was my brother-in-law. I remember him as a quiet, kind man, much involved in animal fostering and rescue along with his wife. The sudden passing of this good person leaves us all saddened.

  14. Karen Dickerson

    Very sorry for your loss.

  15. John Furland

    Dave was a life long friend to the Furlands. Bass player for The Daze of The Weak with his brother Gary, my brother Jim, Ron Anderson, Ralph Webster and John A. Peterson. He helped my band Probe as tech for a good while, then 22 years touring with Cheap Trick. Dave came down to see us in Tennessee for a week around 1976, we had an excellent visit, and being the helpful soul he was, installed a new U joint on my Travelall. Always there for friends and strangers alike, Dave was one of best men I've ever known. Rock on in The Heavenly Band with our Brothers Dave.

  16. Juanita (Cintron) & John Nelson

    Remembering from days gone by and sending prayers and condolences to the family. We are so sorry. Rocking on in heaven.

  17. Brad Joesten

    Lorna and Family- Saddened at the loss of my long-time friend. Rest in peace brother... My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care.

  18. Annette Walker

    My heartfelt condolences to Lorna and the Wilmer's. David was a great guy and a good neighbor. I can still distinctly remember his soft spoken words and his calm demeanor. He gave me many rides and lots of advice during my highschool years. From how to build a window flower box to how to drive in the rain at night. His kindness had imbedded an indelible mark in my heart.

  19. Donna Stephenson

    Lorna, Cyndi just informed me of your loss. I am so sorry. You and Dave were such special people. Cyndi loved having you for neighbors and it was a pleasure knowing both of you. May God bless and comfort you during your transition period.

  20. Sara Felmlee

    I knew David as a kind and giving man who loved animals. When Corey (my husband) broke his legs, David came to our home and built him a very nice wheelchair ramp that got a lot of use. It was appreciated. David was a good guy who will be missed by many.

  21. Bun E. Carlos

    I've known and worked with Dave since the 1960's. I'll miss you Dave. It wouldn't have been the same without you there.

  22. Margaret Nelson

    Lorna, So sorry for your loss.

  23. Peter Cokinis

    It's been a long time since I worked with Dave. I do remember having many good laughs with him, he was the hardest working guy on the touring staff. A great man has been lost. Rest In Peace Dave. You will never be forgotten.

  24. Jeff Waluch

    When I was a kid. Watching Dave and Jolly work was the inspiration for me to be in this business of music for forty years. Dave was a mensch. I will miss him.

  25. Barbara Lee

    Lorna, I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a great man! Loves and hugs to you.

  26. Lisa Decker

    Lorna, sweet friend, I so sad to hear of your loss. Much love!!

  27. Bub Phillippe

    I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Dave. We first met many years ago at a teen club in Beloit when I was with the One-Eyed-Jacks. Then over the years we did many shows together when I was with REO and he was the Cheap Trick guy. I remember (before the 5 neck) Dave used to hang all the guitars on Rick, and he was the original side stage keyboard player. I always had the utmost respect for Dave. Besides being a great guy he was a true professional and a legend in the business. My heart felt condolences go out to his family. Gone to soon. Everyone will miss him.

  28. Bryan Gazo

    No words, I love you my friend...

  29. John “Muzzy”Muzzarelli

    Lorna. I know you know how sad I am. I cannot make the trip. I am very sorry! I promise to keep in Touch. Call me if I can help with anything

  30. stan

    yo bro -what !!!! don't get it don't like it -so sorry hope your at peace now -thanks for the time we had --say hi to the guys - loved you bro -

  31. Wendell and Wendy Thompson

    Very sorry to hear of your loss . May the Lord bless you and keep you.

  32. Chris Rygh

    David was the most wonderful brother-in-law/uncle our family could have hoped for. When our children were small they lobbied for Lorna to marry David they loved him so dearly. We have spent many days with Lorna and David throughout the years. We are truly blessed to call David family. Our heartfelt condolences to all the Wilmers.

  33. Dennis Johnson

    Dave was an amazing human being. He could do so many different things which kept his life full. It was my great honer to have known him.Sad and shocked to hear of his passing. I will always be grateful to have called him my friend. Much Love to the family.

  34. Ann Dam-Johnson

    I will always remember David for the kind giving man he was. Thank you for touching my life. May you rest in peace knowing you made the world a better place.

  35. Beth Rogers

    David was one of the good guys. So sorry

  36. Jan Weisse

    So sorry for your loss Tara.

  37. Teri Farris

    We followed Cheap Trick since back in the 70's and had many dealings with Dave. He was always kind and nice and respectful. Many condolences to his family.

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