Elmer G. L. Plueger, 91, of Merrill, died Sunday, May 15, 2005, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Elmer George Louis Plueger was born Oct. 8, 1913, in Grant Township, Plymouth County, the son of Theodore and Katherine (Westhoff) Plueger. He attended country school in Grant Township and later assisted his parents on the family farm.
Elmer and Bernice Mary Winter were united in marriage on Sept. 28, 1940. at her parents' home near Hinton. Elmer was first employed with Plymouth County Coop Oil Company in Le Mars. In 1942 the couple moved to Merrill.
On March 31, 1944, Elmer was inducted into the United States Army. He served overseas in the Pacific Theater as a radio operator. He was honorably discharged on 1946 having attained the rank of T-5. Elmer returned to Merrill following World War II. He then began his work with the Farmers Coop in Hinton. He retired in 1978.
Elmer and Bernice remained in Merrill until moving to Park Place Estates in Le Mars in January 2002. Bernice died on July 30, 2002. Elmer remained at Park Place until moving to Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars on Jan. 28, 2003.
Elmer was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill. He held various offices including past president of the congregation and Sunday school superintendent. He also sang in the church choir. He was a member of Oleson -- Halweg American Legion Post #125 of Merrill. Many will remember Elmer as an accomplished vocalist who sang at numerous weddings and funerals in the area. He also served on the Merrill School Board.
Survivors include his two sons, Louis and his wife Patricia of Circle Pines, Minn., and Larry and his wife Cheryl of Merrill; five grandsons, Brett and his wife, Joni, Jaysen and his wife, Donna, Joshua and his wife, Rebecca, Joel and his fiancée, Sara Ruether and her son Zachery, and John and his special friend, Sarah Roche; two great-grandsons, Carter and Bryson; a step-great-granddaughter, Brenna; and two sisters-in-law Annie Henning of Le Mars and Gladys Taylor of Brunsville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Bernice; sisters Clara Haage, Louise Plueger, Regina Heeren; and brothers Fred J.H., Charlie T.G., Dick, Edward, and Clarence.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill. The Rev. Dr. Klaus Raab will officiate. Burial will follow at the Hillside Cemetery in Merrill, with military honors provided by Oleson-Halweg American Legion Post #125 of Merrill. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mauer -- Johnson Funeral Home. The family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Elmer's grandsons will serve as his pallbearers.