Elmer Albert Gerlach was born March 14, 1929 at Parkston, SD, to Alvin and Helen (Sperlich) Gerlach. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School. He farmed with his father and owned and operated a grocery store in Mount Vernon. He served in the US Marine Corps in Santa Ana, CA as an Aircraft Mechanic. On May 20, 1956 he married Marlene Goldammer in Mitchell. He was a salesman at the Toggery Clothing Store in Mitchell for twenty-four years. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Past Commander and Adjutant of the American Legion Post 210 in Mount Vernon and served on the Mount Vernon City Council. He had been a member of the Mount Vernon Fire Department, Park Board and Centennial Committee. He umpired baseball and refereed football games for many years. He enjoyed all sports, fishing, crossword puzzles, playing pinochle and western movies.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene; one son, Rod Gerlach and wife, Dawn of Lake Zurich, IL; one daughter, Lynette Koziol and husband, Jim of Denver, CO; four grandchildren; five brothers and sisters: Marvin Gerlach of Ventura, CA, Lois Doerr and husband, Gorden of Clive, IA, Don Gerlach and wife, Madeline of Armstrong, IA, Dale Gerlach and wife, Candy of Colorado Springs, CO, and Carol Schere of Waco, NE. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Jerry, one sister, Delma Doerr, one brother, Delbert and his parents.
A Memorial Fund had been established to the First Lutheran Church
and the Mount Vernon American Legion.