Elmer Henry 'Hank' Joerger
March 16, 1921 - March 1, 2014
Elmer Henry "Hank" Joerger Jr. died in West Sacramento on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at age 92.
Hank was born in Clarksville on March 16, 1921. His family moved to Woodland in 1929. He graduated Valedictorian of his class from Woodland High School in 1939. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1943 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry.
Hank fought in World War II from 1944 to 1945. He was stationed in Headquarters Company, First Battalion, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry division. His regiment was instrumental in holding the north flank at the Battle of the Bulge. He was highly decorated for his heroism and leadership. In October 1945, now promoted to lieutenant, Hank took over command of Baker Company. Still later, Hank served as Captain of the Guard during the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials in Nuremburg, Germany. Still later, during the Korean War, he served as captain at Fort Ord in California.
In 1951, Hank returned to Woodland to work with his father, Elmer Henry Joerger Sr.; and brothers Ted, Donald and Norman to run the family business, Winwood Dairy, subsequently renamed Joerger Brothers Crystal Dairy. In 1960, he served as chairman of the Yolo County
drive. In Woodland, he was a member of the Lion's, Elks, Carlton Club and Yolo Flier's Club.
In 1976, after the dairy and farm were sold, Hank moved to El Dorado Hills, then Placerville in El Dorado County. He became a real estate broker. Hank truly loved the beauty of El Dorado county. In 2001, he moved to Davis to be closer to his children and grandchildren. In 2004, he became very involved in the 911 Truth Movement for which he provided his time and financial support.
Hank loved his country, family and friends. He made people's lives better. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Beloved Hank is survived by his nine children, Loree Bianchi (Cameron Park), Van Joerger (Auburn), Tom Joerger (Woodland), Karen Martin (Dixon), Cyndi Murphy (Roseville), Richard Stroman (Florida), Kim Stroman (Sacramento), Amy Jager (Sacramento), and Charli Joerger (Davis); 15 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Theo Joerger; brothers Ted, Donald and Norman; sister Phyllis Caroddo; and first wife, Shirley Eileen Joerger.
A private memorial is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of the donors' choice.
Published in Daily Democrat from Mar. 14 to Apr. 4, 2014