Eugene R. Lemmerman

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Lemmerman, Eugene R. KNOX Gene Lemmerman, 89, died on July 28, 2014, after a brief illness, surrounded by family. To many who knew him, he was an amazing man who has left a legacy of service, faith and encouragement. Gene was born in Sauk Rapids, Minn., on July 7, 1925, one of seven sons of Emily (Glatus) and Peter Lemmerman. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as electronic technician's mate, second class. Following his service he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. In October 1950, he married Pauline Williams from Newbury, Vt. He was inspired to serve and witness after attending a missionary's workshop. With the encouragement of his pastor, he left General Electric in Schenectady to attend the Lutheran Seminary in Chicago. In 1963, with his family, he departed for Liberia, West Africa. He began his journey of faith and service to others, utilizing his engineering knowledge to make a greater positive impact in Africa. He and his family returned to the United States in 1972. He returned to work for GE and retired in 1986 from the Ordinance Division in Pittsfield, Mass. He permanently settled in Knox, where he built a home with his own hands and the help of his family. Gene continued to serve through many projects including the Maritime Ministry at the Port of Albany, the St. John's Community men's breakfast that supported many charities. He continued to financially support many students in Liberia to advance their education even during civil war, just to name a few. Gene is survived by his younger brother, Ellard Lemmerman of Rice, Minn.; wife, Pauline; his children, Linda Garbellano of Glenville, Steven Lemmerman and wife Mary Anne of Ghent, Gregory Lemmerman of Knox, James Lemmerman and his fiancee Maria of Rome, N.Y., and Deborah Romano and her husband Joseph of East Longmeadow, Mass. He is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren. Gene is predeceased by his parents and brothers, Harold, Earl, Donald, Robert, and Duane. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 140 Maple Ave., Altamont at 2 p.m., with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall. A burial service has been planned for 11 a.m., on Monday, August 11, 2014, at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville. Sentiments would be welcome at the Fredendall Funeral Home website, In lieu of flowers, Gene would have been proud to see you "pay it forward" with contributions to the St. John's Building Fund of St. John's Lutheran Church, 140 Maple Ave., Altamont, NY 12009 or to a charity close to your heart in his memory.


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Fredendall Funeral Home
199 Main Street
Altamont, NY 12009
(518) 861-6611
Published in Albany Times Union on Aug. 7, 2014
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