Karl David Lemke, a resident of Enumclaw for 40 years, died April 7, 2017. He was 74.
He was born April 13, 1942, in Merrill, Wis., and lived in various states and Germany while growing up. His father was a chaplain in the armed forces and a pastor for mission churches for the Lutheran church, so the family rarely stayed more than three years in one place.
He served as an officer in the army artillery during the Vietnam War and was awarded a Bronze Star. After completing his service requirements, he returned to school and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. As a Honeywell employee, he installed some of the first computers on Wall Street in New York City. He worked for Boeing, Sunstrand and other companies as a software engineer in the Seattle area.
He loved farming, gardening, hunting and fishing and is remembered for his keen sense of humor. He and his wife Nancy enjoyed RVing and spent many months touring the U.S. and Canada. They also enjoyed traveling to Australia and New Zealand, staying at various farms there.
A Christian all his life, he was a charter member of Peace Lutheran Church in Kent, Wash. He served as the volunteer coordinator during the construction of the first buildings of that church and also served as president of the congregation, an elder and held various other positions within the church.
He is survived by wife Nancy Lee Lemke of Enumclaw and sister Kathryn (Wayne) Page of The Villages, Fla.
He was buried at Tahoma National Cemetery on April 20. A celebration of life service is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Peace Lutheran Church, 18615 S.E. 272nd St., Kent, Wash.
Remembrances may be made to LCMS Global Missions, 1333 S. Kirkwood Rd., St. Louis, Mo. 63122-7226.
All may sign his online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.