In Memory of

Capt. Elmer V. Dunn

  April 28, 1912  -  April 18, 2014

Pennant No. 10349

ISMA Member for over 51
Initiated December 11, 1962


Long-time lodge member and Dearborn Heights resident Elmer Dunn passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014.  Born two weeks after the S/S Titanic sank, Elmer was just ten days shy of his 102nd birthday.  

His career on the Great Lakes spanned 6 decades, and was spent mostly aboard vessels of the Ford Motor Company fleet.

One notable event of his career occurred on November 10, 1975, when the Edmund Fitzgerald sank on Lake Superior.  Elmer was 2nd mate aboard the William Clay Ford, which under the guidance of Captain Don Erickson, left safe anchorage in Whitefish Bay to search for survivors from the Fitzgerald.  In 2011, Elmer recalled the details of that evening for a local newspaper article

In addition to ISMA, Elmer was also a member of the American Legion and Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by three sons and two grandchildren.  His wife Margaret passed away in 1992. 

Visitation was held on Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Dearborn Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23701 Ford Road. (313-278-5100).

A funeral service was held on April 22, 2014 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Additional details and an on-line guest book can be found at the funeral home website,

Elmer Dunn at the William Clay Ford pilothouse exhibit at Dossin Museum. 
 Elmer retired from the William Clay Ford in 1975. 

Elmer Dunn and Don Erickson at a Lodge No. 7 meeting on April 2, 2011