Gerald C. ‘Gerry’ Emmer, 78

Gerald C. "Gerry" Emmer, 78, of Hartford, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Kathy Hospice in West Bend.

Gerry was born March 27, 1933, in Hartford to Alfred and Carrie (nee Sauvey) Emmer.

Gerry was a lifelong resident of Hartford. He graduated from Hartford Union High School. In high school, he was a member of the football, basketball and track teams. In 1952 he was the state champion in the 880-yard run and missed setting a new state record by 0.7 seconds.

He received a track scholarship to Marquette University but after only one year in college, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. There he spent two years serving his country in Berlin, Germany, during the occupation from 1953 to 1955. After returning from the service, Gerry married his wife Carolyn.

He worked for Chrysler Outboard and retired from Midas International in Hartford. He was a 50-year member of the Hartford V.F.W. Post No. 8834 and was Post Commander from 1960 to 1961. Gerry was also a dedicated and passionate volunteer fire fighter for the City of Hartford Fire & Rescue Dept. for 43 years. He held many offices within the department and was passionate about fire prevention. He was the voice of "Sparky," a talking dog that teaches children about fire safety.

Other volunteering and memberships included the Knights of Columbus, the usher society at St. Kilian Church, member of Courtney-Carr-Milner American Legion Post No. 19 and the Drum and Bugle Corp. Marching Band. Gerry was avid fan of Green Bay Packer football and Marquette "Warrior" basketball.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his children, Dona (Jeffrey) Drummond of Brown Deer, Anne (John) Diedrich of Johnsburg, Ill., and Mark (Kimberly) Emmer of Pewaukee; nine grandchildren, Sonja, Chloe, Jasper and Jackson Drummond, Tara, Tierney, Trevor and Traison Diedrich and M.J. Emmer; a great-grandson, Odin Drummond; sister, Helen (Joe) O’Leske of Rubicon; sister-in-law, Alice Emmer of Nevada; and a brother-in-law, Loran (Judith nee Schwartz) Goff of Minnesota. He is further survived by his cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Gerry was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Emmer.

Mass of Christian burial for Gerry will be held on Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at St. Kilian Catholic Church, 264 W. State St., Hartford, with the Rev. David LaPlante officiating. Visitation will be on Friday at the church from 4 p.m. until the time of Mass.

Memorials may be made to the Jack Russell Memorial Library Fund or to St. Kilian Catholic Church, and are much appreciated.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family.