John H. Emerson
Bedford, IN - John H. Emerson, 73 of Bedford, IN, formerly of Wellsville, NY, passed peacefully at his residence Saturday April 10, 2021. Born on December 21, 1947, in Olean, NY, to George H. Emerson and Nancy J. (Pascoe) Emerson he was raised in Shongo and carried fond memories of family and friends there. After spending time in the U.S. Army, he married Linda Hamlin on December 20, 1969, who survives as his spouse of 51 years. John was employed for 38 years by Air Preheater as a welder, inspector, and retiring as a field service rep. In 1993, he moved his family to Jasper, In. to represent the company in his service area, later moving to Bloomington before Bedford. He loved to keep busy, often saying "it's good to keep the mind busy." Over the years he always had a home project being worked on the house or lawn and eventually bought, renovated and sold several houses. He did many welding projects over the years and as time went by became a true artisan with wood, metal, and plastic. He loved to create beauty from materials otherwise discarded. John and his wife became Master Gardeners in the Bloomington area and loved their gardening time raising flowers, fruits and vegetables. He was a wine maker for many years creating tasty blends which they enjoyed and loved to share with friends and family.
Survivors include his wife, Linda of Bedford; three children, Sean M. Emerson and wife Amy of Wilmington, NC, Danielle L. Emerson of Virginia Beach, and Heather R. Kempf and husband Gene of Paoli, IN; five grandchildren, John Emerson, Elizabeth Emerson, Jozalyn Kempf, Eric Kempf, and Matthew Kempf; five siblings, Sally Doughtery, Cindy Jadwin and husband Richard, Steve Emerson and wife Cathy, Lori Wood and husband Dan, Larry Emerson and wife Belinda; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents, George and Nancy Emerson.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Willing Town Hall, food and drinks will be available.
Please come dressed in your casual attire and share a few fun special memories of John.
Published by Hornell Evening Tribune from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2021.