Dwayne Carver, age 85, passed away surrounded by his loving family, at his home, in McIntosh, on November 5th. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 11th, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in McIntosh with the Rev. Bruce Blocker officiating. Interment will be in Rosehill Cemetery, Fosston. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with Carlin Family Funeral Service of McIntosh and messages of condolence may be shared at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Dwayne was born on June 15th, 1938 to Orison and Irene (Mintz) Carver. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at First English Church in Fosston.
Dwayne grew up on his parents dairy farm, south of Fosston, where he learned his work ethic, love of farming, horses, and his special bond with his brother Allen Caver and sister Donna (Carver) Larson. Dwayne went to school in Fosston through the 8th grade, but when it came time to go his 9th grade year, he refused to get up his mother said "He's too big to drag out of bed," so began his farming career.
In 1961 he purchased his first farm, on his own, a mile down the road from his parents. This farm became his homestead and where he and his love of his life, Gloria Margaret Covlin, would spend 60 years raising their family on their dairy farm. Dwayne met Gloria in 1961 and Dwayne's sister Donna (Carver) Larson explained it best when she described "sparks flew!" The two were married on July 19th, 1963. They had three children, Michael, Lynnette and Lisa, whom he loved, passed on his work ethic to, and of course teased, throughout his life.
Dwayne always lit up when children were around. He had the pleasure of getting to experience and share his quiet wit, humor, and mischievous ways, with his five grandchildren Gavin, Kyndyl and Korbyn Ross, Tyler and Erica Handley. He also was gloriously given extra time on this earth to see and hold his two great grand-children Gage & Leon. Dwayne will always be remembered for his community involvement, taking children for hayrides during different events in McIntosh. He also brought his horses to the nursing homes to bring out the inner child of all those involved.
A few treasured memories include: in 1950 he won a blue ribbon at the MN State Fair with his Holstein cow. 1973 he was nominated for Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year. Dwayne and Gloria were chosen Honored Dairy Couple, and he served on the Sletten Township board for many years. Animals, riding horses, as well as hunting and fishing, were always a part of his life. He spent many hours in his youth with Orison, Allen, Donna, and friends, riding and racing horses. Then as his family grew so did his adventures, including, trips to Alaska & Canada to fish, to Bemidji for spear fishing, and the many trips to Medora for riding out in the badlands and attending shows with Gloria. Another highlight for Dwayne was the annual deer hunting adventures, in his own woods, with a house full of family, extended family and friends (and oh so much food) every year. Throughout it all, he always said his favorite place he has ever been was "Home," and his favorite and "prettiest nurse" was Gloria.
Dwayne was a devoted and loving husband, brother, father and grandfather. His legacy were the life lessons he taught to not just his family, but to many others, through his actions. He showed how to love, honor and hold hands in public and private with your spouse, work hard, but play hard too, laugh, help your neighbors, have a quiet impact on the people around you, but last, and certainly not least, "Get your hands out of your pocket and get to work."
The Carver family have been fortunate and blessed to have most of the family surviving. Dwayne leaves behind his loving wife, Gloria Carver; son, Michael Carver (Steph Anderson); daughters, Lynnette (John) Ross and Lisa (Chris) Handley; granddaughters Kynndyl Ross (Andrew Giannonatti), Korbyn Ross, Erica Handley (Tim Lourich); grandsons, Gavin Ross (Desta Fultz) and Tyler Handley (Sydney Veum); great grandsons, Gage Giannonatti and Leon Ross; brother, Allen (Shirley) Carver; and sister, Donna (Richard) Larson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.