ELMER JOHN WINTER was born on April 12, 1922, the son of John and Georgia (Wallbridge) Winter, in Dickinson County, Iowa. He attended Petersburg School in Petersburg Township. When he was 11 years old, he moved to Jackson County where he attended school in Belmont Township. He enlisted in the Army on October 29, 1942. He was united in marriage to Violet Yonker on November 30, 1943 at the Lakefield Methodist Parsonage. Elmer served four years in the Army as an Engineer. After he was honorably discharged, he and Violet made their home in Jackson. He worked as a bricklayer and helped build many buildings around the area, including the Jackson Post Office and Salem Lutheran’s addition and ramp. Elmer passed away at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on November 27, 2010 at the age of 88 years, 7 months, 15 days.
Elmer was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Jackson. He was a member of the Jackson American Legion and VFW. He attended 17 Army reunions across the United States. He was known to enter many horseshoe tournaments. He worked at Jackson Speedway for 15 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and attending auctions.
Elmer is survived by his wife of 67 years, Violet of Jackson, Children, Janice (DLyle) Harries of Mountain Lake, Jean (Bruce) Ferry of Maplewood, Randy Winter of Jackson, and Rick Winter of Jackson, 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, brother, Lyle Winter of White Bear Lake, and sisters, Irma Barie and Viola Triggs of Estherville.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, 6 sisters, parents-in-law, 3 sisters-in-law, and a brother-in-law.
Blessed be the memory of Elmer John Winter.
Funeral service will be on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 1:00 PM at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor Eric Hullstrom officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Riverside Cemetery – Jackson. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home and on Friday – one hour prior to the service at the Church.