Verne Emert

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WASHINGTON - Verne E. Emert, 89, of Ormond Beach, Fla., formerly of Washington, passed away at 12:20 a.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013, at the Health Center of Daytona Beach.

Verne was born on Nov. 24, 1923, in Peoria to Gerald and Elsie (Combs) Emert. He married Geraldine Price Ballard in Peoria on Aug. 6, 1957. Gerry passed away in Sycamore, Ill., on Jan. 22, 2005.

Among those surviving are one daughter, Margie (John Jr.) Sweeney of Ormond Beach; one stepdaughter, Judy (Fred) Simpson of Florida; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, LeRoy; one stepson, Ronald Blakey; and two stepdaughters, Linda Zehr and Bobbi Hibbard.

Verne retired from Hiram Walker in Peoria, where he had worked for over 35 years in shipping department management. After retirement, he also worked as a condominium property manager in Fort Myers, Fla.

He also was an Army veteran of World War II serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and had been awarded two bronze battle stars.

Verne was of the Christian faith and had been a member of Elks Club 20 in West Peoria and the Fort Myers Country Club.

Funeral services for Verne will be at noon Friday, May 17, 2013, at Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria, with Pastor Jim Gorby officiating. Entombment will follow in Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the mausoleum. Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials for Verne may be directed to Parkinson Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, New York, NY, 10018.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on May 15, 2013
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