Elmer John Niemoller, 83, of Mineola, died Dec. 31, 2012, at his rural home following a brief battle with leukemia. Mass of Christian Burial is Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Glenwood with interment in the Mineola Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Hospice with Heart in Glenwood or Mineola Volunteer Fire Department. Loess Hills Funeral Home of Glenwood is in charge of arrangements.
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Elmer was one of three sons of Maleeta Charlotte Rose (Schoening) and John George Niemoller, born on the family farm north of Mineola. He attended Sunday school, was confirmed and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Mineola and attended Vogler School in Mineola through the eighth grade. During his early years on the farm, as soon as he was old enough, Elmer helped his father on the farm, with horse drawn equipment. Farming became a little easier in 1947, when their first tractor was obtained. Elmer's farm work was interrupted by the Korean War, and he spent 1950 - 1953 serving in the United States Air Force; working in the motor pool, mostly on jeeps and trucks. After his discharge, he returned to the farm briefly. Elmer worked 22 years as a home appliance repairman for RCA Service Company. In 1977, the love of farming once again called him back to the family farm where he was born. He continued his appliance repair business as Elmer's Appliance Service, along with a small farm operation until his retirement.
Elmer and Margaret Albers were married Sept. 24, 1955, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Omaha. They made their home in Omaha and their marriage was blessed with five children, Judy Ann, Janet Rose, Diane Marie, Daniel John, and Patricia Jean. The family eventually moved back to the Mineola area.
Elmer and Margaret were members of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Glenwood. Elmer enjoyed trapping, hunting and target shooting. He won many trophies at the local gun clubs in trapshooting. Elmer loved to attend local auctions and was an avid reader. Elmer especially loved spending time with his family, grandchildren, and friends.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ervin Niemoller, at age 4, and Harlan Niemoller in 2011; and grandson Brian Townsend in 2000.
Elmer is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret Niemoller of Mineola; children, Judy (Chris) Sorenson, Janet (Steve) Murnan, and Diane Townsend, all of Omaha; Dan (Eileen) Niemoller of Papillion, Neb., and Patricia Callaghan of Council Bluffs; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many friends.
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Published in The Opinion-Tribune on Jan. 9, 2013