Elmer graduated from Elyria High School, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired from General Motors Fisher Guide in Elyria as a stationary engineer, following 34 years of service. Elmer was a member of St. Agnes Church, The Holy Name Society, V.F.W. Post #1079, and Senior Men's Fellowship. He volunteered at The Elyria United Methodist Home. Elmer was devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren and church.
Elmer is survived by his loving daughters, Patricia Sadowski (John) of Trenton, Michigan, Diane Auxer (Richard) of Raleigh, North Carolina, Carol Kisel of Elyria. Elmer was deeply loved by six grandchildren, eight great- grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and a brother, Louis Ehlers (Maryann) of Elyria.
Elmer was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Pearl (nee Cox); his parents, Louis and Lula (nee Conrad) Ehlers; a sister, Eleanore Jones; and two brothers, Fred and Ronald Ehlers.
Family will receive friends 4 until 7 P.M., Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Services, where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 P.M., Tuesday. Closing prayers will be 9:30 AM Wednesday in the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 A.M., Wednesday July 9, 2014, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 611 Lake Ave., Elyria. The Reverend Father Albert Veigas, Pastor, will be the Celebrant. Burial will be at Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst Township, where Amvets Post #32 and D.A.V Chapter 20 will provide full military honors.
Memorial contributions, in Elmer's memory, can be sent to the church.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com