WOOSTER -- Gerald C. "Jerry" Emler, 95, of Wooster, passed away Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at West View Healthy Living in Wooster, following a period of declining health.
Gerald was born Aug. 8, 1918, in Guernsey County (near Newcomerstown) to Dewey B. and Anna V. (Wilson) Emler.
He and his wife moved from Guernsey County to the Wooster area in 1956.
He served in the US Navy prior to World War II and married Violet M. Cunningham on Sept. 6, 1942, at Newcomerstown Lutheran Church. She passed away on April 19, 2009.
He worked for Ohio Power Company (now AEP) in the Sub Station Maintenance Department, where he retired from after many years of service.
He was a member of Ebenezer Lodge no. 33 F&AM; Wooster Chapter no. 27, Royal & Accepted Masons; Scottish Rite, Valley Of Canton; Shriners, Tadmor Temple of Akron; Ohio Power Veterans Association; Ohio Power Retirees Club; and Ohio Power Acacia Club.
Following retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling in their RV with his family and especially with his wife spending many winters in Mercedes, Texas.
He was also master wood craftsman who enjoyed making cabinets and other fine furniture. He especially loved making beautiful old clocks.
He is survived by three sons, Karl T. (Heidi G.) Emler of Wooster, David J. (Sharon) Emler of Shreve and Ronald A. Emler and Diane Bouffard of Lanai, Hawaii; grandchildren, Christoph T. (Amy) Emler of Orrville, Matthew D. (Jessica) Emler of Creston and Amanda R. (Michael) Neibert of Centerburg; and great-grandchildren, Allison, Josephine, Sydney and Aidan; brothers, Earl (Betty) Emler of Wooster and James (Shirley) Emler of Gnadenhutten.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Don Emler; and a sister, Doris Murphy.
Services were Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2013, in the Custer-Glenn Funeral Home, 2284 Benden Drive, Wooster, with Pastor Ann Paynter officiating followed by interment in Wooster Cemetery.
Masonic services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2013, by the Ebenezer Lodge of Wooster.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at: www.custerglenn.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Zion Lutheran Church, ELCA Food Pantry Fund, 301 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691.