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Harlan J. Emler

September 6, 1925 June 6, 2019
Harlan J. Emler
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Harlan J. “Rink” Emler, age 93, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019 on the 75th anniversary of D-Day at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster. He was born on September 6, 1925 in Lynn Hollow in rural Potosi and was the only child of Harold and Ella (Cammack) Emler. He helped on the family farm with his parents until he enlisted in the Navy in September 1943 at the age of 18. After his basic training at Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois and a brief assignment in New Orleans, Rink was assigned to the liberty ship, S.S. Earl Layman, which brought supplies to the theaters in both the Pacific and Europe. The first trip Rink took was part of one of the largest operations of the war, a fleet of thousands of ships bringing supplies for the upcoming Normandy invasion. While on the ship, Rink’s job was to help man the big guns. After several trips back and forth over the Atlantic, Rink was assigned to the Pacific campaign right as World War II ended. After time in Manilla in the Philippines, Rink was honorably discharged in April of 1946. Upon his return to Potosi, Rink met the love of his life, Betty Richardson. Rink and Betty were married on May 24, 1947 and were married for over 71 years until Betty passed away on March 17, 2019. During their marriage, Rink worked on the family farm and held many assorted jobs but can be remembered by most in Potosi for working at the Sportsman Shack after his retirement. He always had a smile and his familiar “Hello Partner” greeting to all he would meet. He shared his love of the Chicago Cubs with his family. Rink was a kind and gentle man who loved his family immensely and enjoyed playing cards and cribbage at family get-togethers. His stories were legendary, and everyone enjoyed hearing him tell them. He was a long-time member of the Potosi Fire Department, the Potosi Village Board, lifetime member of the Potosi VFW Post #5276 and the American Legion Post #473 in which he served as Commander. His was a big man with an even bigger heart. We were blessed to have him as our Dad and Grandpa. He will be dearly missed and was so loved!
Survivors include his sons: Alan “Sam” (Bernie) Emler; Rocky (Roseann) Emler; son-in-law, Jim Berntgen, brother and sister-in-law: Leroy “Slick” (Marge) Richardson; 5 grandchildren: Troy (Cheri) Berntgen, Lisa (Eric “Benny”) Gotzinger, Chad (Missy) Emler, Heather (Marcus Groom) Emler, and Ryne (Heidi) Emler; 9 great-grandchildren: Katie (Justin) Roling, Megan Berntgen, Kalynn Vosberg, Cooper, Addie, Connor, Wyatt, his namesake Tucker Harlan, and Vera Emler. His is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Rink was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Floyd and Edna Richardson, a daughter Barbara Berntgen, a great-grandson, Kyle Vosberg, two brother and sisters-in-law Edward (Lois) Richardson and Harvey (Sharon) Richardson.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Orchard Manor Nursing Home Chapel in Lancaster with Reverend Pamela Strakeljahn officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster. Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at Orchard Manor Nursing Home Chapel. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Harlan J. Emler Memorial Fund has been established. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is serving the family.


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Visitation

Tuesday

11

Jun

9:00 AM 6/11/2019 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 6/11/2019 11:00:00 AM
Orchard Manor Nursing Home Chapel

8800 Hwy 61 S
Lancaster, WI 53813

Orchard Manor Nursing Home Chapel
8800 Hwy 61 S Lancaster 53813 WI
United States

Service

Tuesday

11

Jun

11:00 AM 6/11/2019 11:00:00 AM - 11:30 AM 6/11/2019 11:30:00 AM
Orchard Manor Nursing Home Chapel

8800 Hwy 61 S
Lancaster, WI 53813

Orchard Manor Nursing Home Chapel
8800 Hwy 61 S Lancaster 53813 WI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Hillside Cemetery Final Resting Place

E Lincoln Avenue
Lancaster, WI 53813

E Lincoln Avenue Lancaster 53813 WI
United States
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