Elmer F. Lehrke, 93, of Waconia passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center.
A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, at Living Christ Lutheran Church (820 Lake Drive) in Chanhassen, with Rev. Mark Tewes as officiant.
Visitation will take place 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and Friday one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Interment in Pioneer Cemetery in Chanhassen.
Serving as casket bearers Nate Lehrke, Natalie Lehrke, Judy Pease, Bruce Pease, Donald Narr, David Narr, Peter Umland, Mark Umland.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com.
Elmer Fred Lehrke was born April 15, 1926 in Hollywood Township of Carver County the son of Elmer and Alvina (Braun) Lehrke. He was baptized May 2, 1926, at St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Township with Ernst Braun, Fritz Raether, and Meta Braun as his sponsors.
Elmer was united in marriage with Phyllis Umland Jan. 21, 1961 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA. This union of 58 years was blessed with a son, Joel.
Elmer operated the family farm in Hollywood Township, raising Holstein dairy cattle and crops. His love for farming never faded even as Phyllis and he have been residents of Westview Acres in Waconia for the past 10 years. He was proud of his animals and providing for his family.
Elmer was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Township, where he had served as an elder.
In earlier years, he had played baritone in a community band.
Elmer enjoyed playing cards, especially Sheepshead.
He cherished time with his grandchildren Nate and Natalie. Elmer will be remembered for his always positive and kind nature that saw the positive in everything.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Alvina Lehrke; brother Raymond Lehrke; sisters and brothers-in-law Florence and Rueben Narr, Ethel and Earl Emich; brother-in-law and sister-in-law William and Christy Umland.
Elmer is survived by his loving family: wife Phyllis Lehrke of Waconia; son and daughter-in-law Joel and Heidi Lehrke of Chanhassen; grandchildren Nate Lehrke of Landstuhl, Germany, Natalie Lehrke of Chanhassen; nieces and nephews Duane (Arlene) Narr, Corrine Allen, Donald (Nancy) Narr, David Narr, Cheryl (David Gutzmann) Klemp, Judy (Bruce) Pease, John (Janet) Umland, Julie (Norman) Krause, Peter Umland, Mark (Shelly) Umland; many great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.