Elmer S Mekker Sr. passed away on July 30, 2014. He was born August 11, 1934, on Griffing Ave. in Cleveland. He graduated from St. Margaret's of Hungary School in 1948, St Benedictine High School in 1952, TRW Apprentice in 1961, and college at Fenn College and John Carroll University .
Elmer started full time work at Thompson Products, later known as TRW Inc., in November 1952. For 41 years, he worked at various locations, spending the last 20 years of his career as the Sr. Product Assurance Specialist for TRW aircraft fuel pumps.
Elmer was drafted into the U.S. Army in April 1955, serving in England as a 75mm anti-aircraft technician. He continued his service in the US Army Reserves until 1984 when he retired from the 2077th U.S.A.R. school as a Sr. Instructor with a rank of Master Sergeant E8 and was awarded an accommodation medal.
Elmer was a member of the S.M.A. Club, EOUV Club, and the Gottscheer Blaskapelle (Brass Band). He managed the Gottscheer Blaskapelle for over thirty plus years, traveling to perform in northeastern U.S.A., Canada, and two trips to Germany and Austria. The last 20 years he played the base drum for the band.
Elmer's favorite past time was his two children, tent camping, motor home traveling, boating, and most of all dancing.
Elmer started dancing in first grade at St. Margaret's Fall Festival on E. 116th Street and then started performing at various Fall Festivals on Buckeye Rd. He enjoyed dancing at various Oktoberfests around Cleveland. He hired and monitored the performance of bands and dancers for Steve Bencic's Oktoberfest for 5 years. During his retirement years, he danced 3-4 nights a week at various Polka dances around northeast Ohio.
Elmer is survived by his daughter, Diane (Robert) Beavers; son, Elmer S. (Elizabeth) Mekker Jr; special friend, Marty Cromwell; siblings, Joseph (Dorothy), Frank (Judy- deceased), Mary Lee (Ron) Ryan, James (Tish); many nieces and nephews; and friends in the Polka world.
Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 4, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 1730 Mount Carmel Dr., Wickliffe, OH 44092.
Visitation will be on Sunday, August 3, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Monreal Funeral Home, 35400 Curtis Blvd., Eastlake.
Family suggests contributions be made to The
, 10501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106, or Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.