Rev. John Roy Emerson (1944 - 2014)

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Rev. John Emerson, 69, of Knoxville, formerly of Fontanelle, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 at Knoxville Hospital in Knoxville. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Hawkeye Cemetery near Hawkeye
John Roy Emerson was born Dec, 4, 1944 in Leon, to Wilma (Van Dyke) and Max Emerson. John graduated from North Fayette High School in West Union and from Upper Iowa University in Fayette in 1969. He later earned a Masters of Divinity Degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.
On Sept. 24, 1967, John married Karen Kay Necker of Sumner. They settled in Waterloo later moving to Clarion where he owned and operated his own Volkswagen repair shop. John enjoyed reading and electronics.
From 1973 to 1976 John attended Wartburg Theological Seminary followed by a two year internship in Clarion.
John served as pastor for the following churches throughout his career Hamlin Lutheran Church, Hamlin, Brayton Lutheran Church, Brayton, Ascension Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, Christ Lutheran Church, Jefferson, and Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Fontanelle. John retired in March of 2008 after his health began to deteriorate. He moved to Knoxville in 2013.
John is survived by six children, Michelle Emerson of San Francisco, Calif., Kate (husband Mark) Hastings of Lovilia, Bill Emerson of Des Moines, Sarah (husband Tim) Lunsford of Pella, Laura (husband Jake) Welsch of Fontanelle, and Matt (wife Megan) Emerson of Greenfield, 13 grandchildren; siblings, Edmond, Mary, David, Allen, Joseph, and Margaret. John was preceded in death by two infant brothers Joel Burr and James Joel, and his parents Wilma and Max Emerson.
Memorials are to the Crest Baptist Church. Online condolences may be given at

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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL on Aug. 22, 2014
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