Elmer F. Hemminghaus, age 92, of rural Keyesport, passed away Saturday, July 18 at Carlyle Healthcare. Funeral services for 92 year old Elmer F. Hemminghaus will be Tuesday, July 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery with full military honors. Friends may call Tuesday from 10:30 to service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Carillon Bell Tower at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Elmer Friederich Herman Hemminghaus, the son of Gustav Herman Hemminghaus and Louise Beckmann Hemminghaus, was born on March 28, 1923 on the Hemminghaus farm in Lake Township near Hoffman, Illinois. He was raised there and attended the Trinity Lutheran School in Hoffmann. He farmed with his family. Elmer answered his country’s call by joining the United States Army on January 26, 1944 at Fort Sheridan, Il. and was a PFC serving overseas with the parachute Infantry and served as a machine gunner serving in three major battles: Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe being awarded the Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle-Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars the World War II Victory Medal, and the Purple Heart for injuries received in battle. Elmer was honorably discharged on January 29, 1946 at Camp Grant and returned to the home farm. Elmer worked for the Coal Mine and Lumber Yard, then was a Pepsi Distributor for many years. He then drove for Cassen’s until in the 1980’s,
Elmer and Betty R. Delaney were united in marriage on March 9, 1947 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia and enjoyed over 66 years together be fore Betty’s death on May 1, 2013.
They moved to Bond County and began buying farmland and Elmer and Betty together farmed all their lives. Elmer got off his tractor for the last time at the age of 89 just three years ago. They are the parents of three children who survive: Janet K (Larry) Eyman, Gary A. (Shelia) Hemminghaus , and Bobby J. Hemminghaus all three of rural Keyesport, Elmer is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Jody Eyman, Eric Eyman, Laura (Jay) Ramage, Lisa Jackson, Virginia Johnson, Curtis Hemminghaus, 8 great-grandchildren: Kallye (Trevor) Gathe, Hayley Eyman, Chloe Eyman, Nicholas Eyman, Mallory Ramage, Casey Ramage, Brandon Jackson, Bailey Jackson, and one great-great-grandchild Reed Gathe.
Elmer is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty, and is the last of his generation of 7 children: Laura Klingaberg, Homer, Helen Knottmeyer, Albert, Frieda Hemminghaus, and Gustav Hemminghaus Jr.
Elmer was a member of the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Greenville.
Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home
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Greenville, IL 62246