Norman D. Wilner

Born: Mon., Mar. 16, 1925
Died: Thu., Jun. 14, 2018


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Jun. 23, 2018
Location: Covenant United Methodist Church


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Dr. Norman D. Wilner, 93 of Gaithersburg Maryland passed away peacefully, Thursday June 14 at home with his son Mark, daughter Amy, grandson Sterling and daughter-in-law, Donna at his bedside.  A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 23, at Covenant United Methodist Church, Montgomery Village, Maryland.  
Norman was born March 16, 1925 in Wichita, Kansas to George and Vera (Parker) Wilner.  He graduated from Wichita East High School in 1943 then entered into training in the U.S. Navy serving as a Navy corpsman with the U.S. Marine Corp in the Southern Pacific during WWII.  After the war, he hitchhiked home from the west coast to Wichita and then drove out to Ft. Defiance, Arizona to marry his childhood sweetheart, Lois Croft who was then in the Cadet Nurse Corps Indian Service on the Navajo Reservation.  Subsequent to their marriage, Norman was accepted into the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where with the support of Lois working and the G.I. Bill, he graduated in 1953 with a DDS degree. 

He lived and practiced family dentistry in Dexter, Michigan for 23 years before moving to El Paso, Texas where he practiced dentistry for another 20 years before retiring.  While in Dexter, Lois and Norman raised their two children Amy and Mark and hosted many international exchange students through the Youth for Understanding exchange student program.  Norman was active in the Washtenaw District Dental Society and was elected to the local school board of education and town council, each for a number of years.  He also served his community as a member of Kiwanis Club for 49 years.  Norman and Lois were longtime members of the United Methodist Church in both Michigan and Texas.

Norman will be remembered as a loving father, husband and grandfather, as a kind, caring, unflappable person, a constant punster, for his ability to play the piano and love of sharing his piano music with others, his interest in reading, especially civil war history, politics, current events, and as a good listener.  He was a very positive person who felt comfortable in his own skin with no false pretenses.  His optimistic spirit was infectious to those around him.  He was an avid swimmer and valued spending time with his family camping and canoeing.   He is survived by his son, Mark Wilner (wife Donna Starkweather) of Gaithersburg, Maryland, daughter Amy Wilner Homard (husband Mark Homard) and grandsons, Trent, Aden and Sterling Homard of Rochester, Minnesota.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 72 years, Lois, his sister Florence Scott and brother Arthur Wilner.

Donations in memory of Norman and Lois Wilner may be made to Covenant United Methodist Church, 20301 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Montgomery Village, MD  20886  (web:  www.covenant-umc.org ) or Montgomery Hospice (web: www.montgomeryhospice.org) 301-921-4400.  

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