Vernon K. "Dutch" Elmer

Another one of the Greatest Generation is gone.

Vernon K. “Dutch” Elmer, 97 years, formerly of Honey Brook, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Zerbe Sisters Nursing Home of Narvon, following an illness.

He was born on Tuesday, August 15, 1922 in Salisbury Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Vernon was the son of the late G. Dewey and Mary E. (Wetzler) Elmer. He was the husband of Helen C. (Yoder) Elmer, with whom he shared 73 years of marriage.

Vernon was a bread route salesperson and later worked for Service America Vending Corp. He was a WW II veteran, serving with the US Army’s 102rd Division in Germany. Vernon received a Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge for his service. He was a member of the Mt. Wolf VFW and a charter member of the former Honey Brook VFW.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Robert K. Elmer of Lancaster, two daughters, Linda Annan of Millersville and Shirley Martini of Denver and a sister, Mary Jane Gossert of Narvon. There are eight of grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 11 AM from The Labs Funeral Home, Inc., 141 Pequea Ave., Honey Brook, Pa. Interment will follow at the Pequea Presbyterian Cemetery. A calling hour will be held one hour prior to the service.

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Shirley, I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

~ Tina Abbott
10/11/2019 9:10:29 PM

Bob & family-- So sorry for your loss. The "Bread Man" has crossed the bar! Bonnie

~ Bonnie Breneman Lorton, VA
10/7/2019 12:43:03 PM

Bob please accept my condolences on the loss of your father. Curt

~ Curt Pierce
10/6/2019 8:21:08 AM

Dear Shirley, You have a beautiful family because of your parents faith in God. You are to be highly commended for caring so diligently for your parents and in laws. May God richly bless you.

~ Joyce Meck Womelsdorf, Pa
10/4/2019 5:44:36 PM

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