Jerry A. Emmert, age 80 of Hoffman, Minnesota, passed away March 17, 2019, at Hennemans Country Care, Evansville.
Visitation for Jerry Arlen Emmert will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. with a 2:00 p.m. Prayer Service on at Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Hoffman with Rev. Irving Arnquist officiating. Spring interment at Land Cemetery, Hoffman.
Jerry was the fourth of six children born to Clifford and Nota (Shanholtzer) Emmert. He grew up on a farm near Hancock, MN, and attended school there. He graduated from Hancock High School in 1956 and immediately joined the US Navy. Jerry married Donna Christianson from Cyrus, MN, on September 5, 1959, in Long Beach, CA. He continued his service with the navy while Donna returned to finish college. Jerry was honorably discharged in 1960 and came back to Minnesota. The couple settled in Hoffman.
Jerry did carpentry work in the Alexandria area in the early days. He was hired by Bud Arnquist to help in the hardware business in 1961. Jerry’s carpentry skills were put to good use when he and his two brothers-in-law built the house on Louisiana Ave in Hoffman for his growing family. A daughter, Laura, was born in 1962 and a son, Jay, in 1964. Jerry worked for Arnquist Hardware for many years and then purchased the business from the Arnquist family in 1983. When Emmert’s Hardware was sold in 1997, Jerry worked at the Hoffman lumberyard for a time before completely retiring to the house on Red Rock Lake.
Jerry was very active in the Hoffman community. He was a charter member of the Hoffman Lions Club and received their Melvin Jones Fellow Award. He participated in the volunteer fire department, served on the city council and as church treasurer. He enjoyed many hours with friends in a weekly bowling league, men’s golf night, camping and snowmobiling weekends, the annual grouse hunting trip and “working the chains” at the high school football games.
Jerry lived at Henneman’s Country Care near Evansville Minnesota for the last years of his life where they cared for him as family. While he was there, there were countless games of cribbage, friendship and conversation. Jerry enjoyed watching sports of all kinds and spent many hours watching the games on TV.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 48 years: Donna of Somerset, WI; his children: Laura (Steve ) Ziemer of Alexandria, MN, and Jay Emmert (Roxanne Kendle) of Houlton, WI; grandchildren: Courtney Ziemer (Mike Wolfgram), Rachel (Ramey) Thomas, Trenton Ziemer, Jack Emmert, Sophia Emmert; two great-granddaughters: Diem and Wrenley Thomas; siblings: Clifford (Alice) Emmert, Nellie Anderson, Larry (Shirley) Emmert; sister-in laws: Teresa Emmert and Carol VerSteeg; and many nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death of his parents and 2 younger brothers: Ivan and Dale.
In lieu of memorials to the family, donations to Grant County Ducks Unlimited or the Hoffman Lions Club would be appreciated.
Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Hoffman is assisting the family with arrangements.