Elmer Martin Rock was born May 3, 1924, on the family farm near Kingsley, the son of Carl and Hertha (Rock) Rock.
He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Kingsley.
Elmer attended country school near his home until the eighth grade. He later graduated from Pierson High School in 1942.
On Nov. 24, 1951, Elmer and Julia De Boer were united in marriage at the American Reformed Church in Hull.
The couple made their home on the Rock family farm. Julia died in 1977.
On Nov. 11, 1989, Elmer married Ethel (Arthur) at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.
They retired from farming in 1991 and moved into Kingsley in 2005.
Elmer was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Kingsley where he served as trustee and ushered. He was also a member of Lions Club, Farm Bureau and helped with in 4-H.
Elmer enjoyed bowling, traveling, baking, visiting with friends and relatives and woodworking.
He collected antiques, collectable plates and loved to attend auctions and sales.
He played the piano and his love for music led him to many dances including square dancing.
Elmer will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Ethel of Kingsley; daughters and their husbands Frances and Mike Babe of LaVista, Neb., and Mary and Tom Peterson of Kingsley; five grandchildren, Eric Babe of Omaha, Neb., Briton Peterson and fiance Lisa Smith of Pierson, Becky Peterson of Chicago, Ill., Paul Peterson of Kingsley, and Briana Peterson of Kingsley; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; Ethel's family, Don and Jennice Reimert of Newport News, Va., Alan Reimert of Yellowstone, Wyo., Debra Ray of Oskaloosa, Audrey and Dana Talbert of Washta, Robin and Bruce Burnham of Kingsley; grandchildren, Jessica and Chris Winkely of Newport News, Va., Adam Reimert and his fiance Devon Miller of Newport News, Va., Brittany Kollbaum of Anthon, Shannon and Jeremiah Hora of Oskaloosa, Nathaniel Byerly of Germany, Melissa and Ryan Houghtaling of Sioux City, Erica and Seth Schlenger of Washta, Luke and Lisa Talbert of Sioux City, Amy Talbert and special friend, Travis Cullen of Ankeny, Holly and Todd Jorgensen of Sloan, and Jennifer and Shawn Hofer of Sioux City; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter ,Theresa Jane in 1953; and his wife Julia in 1977.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Kingsley. The Rev. Bob Blair will officiate. Burial will follow at the Kingsley Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Johnson - Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. The family will be present to greet friends from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the service on Wednesday.
Memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.