Elmer Borchers, 89, of Hawarden, and formerly of Akron, died Sunday, May 15, 2005, at the Hillcrest Care Center in Hawarden.
Elmer Louis John Borchers was born Oct. 3, 1915, in Akron, the son of John F. and Katherine (Reemts) Borchers. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. He attended country school in Preston Township, rural Akron, until he started helping his father on the family farm in the early 1930s. He was united in marriage to Minnie Koch on Nov. 18, 1937, in Preston Township. Together they were the parents of five children, Jack, Pat, Bob, Alan, and Mark. They farmed in Preston Township for many years. In the early 1980s, they moved to Akron, where they made their home for over 27 years. Elmer continued to farm and help out where he could until health reasons forced him to retire five years ago. Most recently, he and his wife have been residing in assisted living in Hawarden.
Elmer was a longtime member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston Township, rural Akron, where he was a former trustee, deacon, and cemetery board member. He was also a former member of the Lutheran Brotherhood. He was a longtime member of the Iowa Farm Bureau.
He enjoyed fishing, traveling, and watching sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones. But most of all, he loved the times spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of over 67 years, Minnie of Hawarden; his five children:, Jack Borchers and his wife, Kay of Hawarden, Pat Smith of Kansas City, Mo., Bob Borchers and his wife, Karin of Hawarden, Alan Borchers and his wife, Linda of Atlanta, Ga., and Mark Borchers and his wife, Sandy of Akron; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-laws, Lorena Gabel of Akron, and Marilyn Koch of Waverly; a brother-in-law, Hank Koch and his wife, Lee of Virginia Beach, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters and their spouses: Amanda Fisher and her husband, Benny, Esther Heeren and her husband, Norman, and Irene Cornish and her husband, Lucian.
Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston Township, rural Akron, with the Rev. William Kallestad officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Tuesday with the family present after 6 p.m., and a Prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the Carlsen Funeral Home - Schroeder Chapel in Akron.
Pallbearers will be Stacey Borchers, Brandy Borchers, Justin Borchers, Darrin Finley, Jeff Petersen, Steve Rehder, Joe Crosgrove and Kurt Clayberg. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Borchers and Michael Spaugh.
Condolences can be sent to the family online at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.