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Elmer F. Pfonner

1933 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Elmer F. Pfonner Obituary

With great sadness the family of Elmer F. Pfonner announce his February 17, 2018 passing. At age 84 surrounded by family and dear friends he was overcome by a brief undiagnosed illness in Redlands, CA.
Born April 12, 1933 in Tonawanda, NY to Elmer G. and Frances "Kitty" (Harris) Pfonner. Elmer was a graduate of Kenmore High School in Buffalo, NY. He prematurely entered the Marine Corp in 1950 serving 3 years and is a Korean war combat veteran. Married February 18, 1956 to Iona (Parker) Pfonner who preceded him in death after 57 years of a beautiful marriage together. Elmer and Iona moved their young family to California in 1960.
Elmer was a Freemason, Past Master, Golden Veteran Award recipient for 50 years of service and recently awarded the Hiram Award, the highest honor bestowed on a Mason by his Blue Lodge. He is a founding member of the Semper Fi Honor Guard for Riverside National Cemetery.
He loved swimming every morning with his friends at Sun Lakes Country Club. Another favorite pasttime was playing the role of Santa Claus with Iona as Mrs. Claus for many years for hundreds of children.
He was such an amazing man - loving, funny, plain spoken, genuine, heart connected, loved the Lord, and his country. A staunch Republican, with the greatest laugh that we will always remember.
Elmer will forever be loved by those he preceded in death: his children, Dorothy Serna, Dwight Pfonner (Raquel), Dawn Anthony (Matthew), Diane Schaller (Chris), John Pfonner (Jessica); his grandchildren Jennifer Wood, Greg Pfonner, Stephanie Rea, Justin Anthony, Jared Anthony, Allison Frith-Smith, Koby Pfonner, Devon Schaller, Jackson Schaller; his great grandchildren, Kyle, Emma, Sara, Hunter, Thomas, and his dear friend Carol Piercy.
A celebration of Elmer's life will be held on Wednesday, February 28 at promptly 10:30 at Riverside National Cemetery, Staging #9, Shelter G, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, with a reception immediately following at his Masonic Lodge, 131 Cajon St, Redlands.
Memorial donations may be made to: Atypical HUS Foundation, Elmer's youngest granddaughter's ultra rare life-threatening disease. www.ahus.org/donate or Children with Atypical HUS, The Atypical HUS Foundation, 1701 Fairfax Circle, Barnhart, MO 63012 - In the donation notes please put Elmer Pfonner memorial.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 25, 2018
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