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“Altair 8080a was my intro to computers, which eventually became my lifelong career. Thank you Mr. Gayer. Your computer lab changed my life. You made...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Neal Puff - Cave Creek, AZ

“May his soul rest in eternal peace.<br /> ”
2 of 21 | Posted by: Joseph Turyatemba - Dalian China, IN

“We all loved Mr. Gayer. He encouraged us to be creative and try things out ourselves. He taught us how to program computers by having us write out...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Karl Fox - Columbus, OH - student

“My condolences on Don's passing to Loretta and family I have fond memories of Don and I talking after church. He was a wonderful Man! ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: Mike Greener - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Tracy, My deepest condolences to you. May God hold you close to him while you are on earth as he now holds your Dad close to him in heaven. ...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Terrie Ensley - Jeffersonville, IN

“My dearest Loretta and family. So sorry to hear of Don's passing. You and he were indeed "one". My heartfelt prayers go out for your coming days....Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Nancy Walton - Medina, OH

“I'm going to miss Don very much! I learned a lot from him over the past 2 years taking care of his and Loretta's yard and garden. He was a...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Drew Kern - Fort Wayne, IN

“Loretta and family, Our sincere sympathies in the recent passing of your husband and father. I worked for Dr. Ahlbrand and your family was always...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Don and Lois Hassig (St.John) - AL

“Loretta and family, we are so very sorry to hear about Dons passing. We are so glad we just saw him recently and was able to catch up with him. How...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Dennis and Linda Troy - PA

“Loretta & family,I knew Don of course through my friendship with Loretta. Don was always there to help others as much as he could and he always made...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Bev Crozier - Fort Wayne, IN

“I was shocked to hear this news and extend my deepest sympathy to the entire family. Thank you for sharing him with the Concordia Family for all...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Patti Massucci - Ft. Wayne, IN

“Loretta, Ted and Tom, The staff at Parkview Health and Fitness Center would like to express how sorry we were to hear of Don's passing. When Ted...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Cindy Dishong - Fort Wayne, IN

“John and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to Loretta and family. Be comforted knowing Don is in the loving arms of God in heaven. Don will be...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Carol Marks - Fort Wayne, IN

“Loretta, Ted, Tom, and Tracy we pray for comfort and peace in these next weeks and months. We rejoice that Don is celebrating in heaven with our...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Chris and Leann Gieschen

“May the Peace of the Lord be with the Gayer Family. ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Greg & Denise Luchnenko

“Worked with Don at Tokheim. Good memories of traveling down to the Newburn TN. plant back in 1990. Great man to work with. ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: Sean Walker - Corunna - Friend

“I'm so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I worked with him at Tokheim. He was always patient and kind. I've taken some of his anecdotes to heart as...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Cheryl Allen - fort wayne, IN

“My condolences to the Gayer family. Mr. Gayer was my trigonometry teacher at Concordia in 1969. Aside from being a very intelligent person he was a...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Paul Leinhos - Westminster, CO

“Much love and peace to the family, especially my good friend Tracy, in this difficult time. ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Victoria Sarjeant - Fort Wayne, IN

“My condolences from another old Tokheim Electrical Engineer. ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Bill Goggin - Garrett, IN

“Grace and peace. Many memories of Mr. Gayer throughout childhood. Was always easy to talk to and genuinely interested in the conversation. ”
21 of 21 | Posted by: Keith Neuman - Charleston, SC


Donald K. Gayer, 77, entered the arms of his Loving Savior on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia, Fort Wayne, IN, surrounded by his wife and all of his children, in a peaceful, sweet and joyful ending to an incredibly well lived life of grace, equanimity, compassion and dedication to serving God. He was born in 1939 in St. Louis, MO, to Andrew and Laura Gayer. Donald graduated from Brentwood High School, Brentwood MO (1957), and earned a Bachelor's of Science in Teaching from Concordia University, River Forest IL (1961). He earned a Masters in Mathematics from Purdue University (1970). Donald taught physics and math at Luther North High School in Chicago IL (1961-63), and taught physics, math and computer science at Concordia Lutheran High School from (1964-82). He continued his teaching career at Concordia University, Seward NE (1982-86). He continued his career as an electrical engineer at Tokheim Corporation from where he retired in 1999. His passions included his family, the outdoors, travel and photography, and he was very active in assisting in refugee resettlement and support. Surviving are his loving wife of 54 years, Loretta Gayer of Fort Wayne, IN. sons, Theodore (Theresa) Gayer of Vancouver, WA; Thomas (Jacque) Gayer of Sandy, UT; daughter, Tracy Gayer of Fort Wayne, IN; brother, Gerald (Karen) Gayer of Boulder CO; grandchildren, Lauren Gayer and Luke Gayer (Sandy UT). Donald was preceded in death by his parents. Service is 10:30 am, Saturday April 29, 2017 at Concordia Lutheran Church, 4245 Lake Avenue with calling one hour prior, Rev. Doug Croucher officiating. Calling also Friday, April 28, 2017, from 2 - 4 & 6 - 8 pm at D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne, IN. Burial in Concordia Gardens Cemetery Fort Wayne, IN. Memorials may be made to Concordia Lutheran Church or Concordia Lutheran High School . To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com.