Elmer Albert Gerlach


March 14, 1929 - April 18, 2008




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.



Monday, April 21, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, April 22, 2008
10:30 AM
First Lutheran Church
411 North Duff Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Mount Vernon Cemetery
Mount Vernon, South Dakota

Posted by Pastor Barb Lemke on April 20, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. We praise God for Elmer's life and family, as we have been blessed through his daughter Lynette at Bethel Lutheran Church.
May the power of the resurrection hold each of you during this time.
In Christ,
Pastor Barb Lemke and Lynette's church family of Bethel
Posted by Oliver & Penny Goldammer on April 19, 2008
Marlene, we extend our sympathy to you and your family.
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