HARTINGTON -- Emil P. Loecker, age 87, of Hartington died on Saturday (Oct. 21, 2006) at Golden Living Center in Hartington.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Rev. Craig Loecker, Rev. John Pietramale, and Monsignor Cyril Werner officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington.
Visitation will be on Wednesday from 1 to 8 p.m., with a rosary at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m., and a vigil service and video tribute at 7:30 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers will be his sons, Merle, Larry, Dennis, Allen, Glenn, Don, Marvin, and Dave Loecker. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was born on Feb. 20, 1919, to Sigismund and Mary (Mauch) Loecker on the farm northwest of Fordyce. He was baptized, received his First Communion and was confirmed in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Menominee. He graduated from the eighth grade at St. Boniface School.
He married Vera Elizabeth Albers on Aug. 21, 1939, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordyce. They rented a farm 3 ½ miles northwest of Fordyce until he purchased his farm three miles north of Fordyce in March of 1943.
In 1976, they moved to Hartington. Vera died on Sept. 19, 1997, at the age of 79 years. He then lived with Dennis and Vivian Loecker and Paulette and John Dreesen until he moved to Pine Lane Assisted Living in August of 2002. In April of 2005, he moved to Beverly Health Care Nursing Home where he resided until his death.
He was a trustee for St. Boniface Parish in Menominee, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Ministry of Praise, Holy Trinity Catholic Church and its Perpetual Adoration in Hartington. Emil loved baseball, playing cards, and hunting. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by ten children and their spouses, Merle (Sandy) Loecker of Hartington, Larry (Judith) Loecker of Evanston, Illinois, Dennis (Vivian) Loecker of Fordyce, Allen (Sheila) Loecker of Mitchell. SD, Glenn (Mary) Loecker of Fordyce, Gladys (Arnold) Jones of Louisville, Don (Denise) Loecker of McCook, Marvin (Deb) Loecker of Olathe, Kan., Paulette (John) Dreesen of Hartington, David (Deb) Loecker of Fordyce; 39 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren.
Preceding Emil in death were his parents; wife, Vera; one granddaughter, Kristi Loecker; five brothers, Henry, Martin, Ignatius, Victor, and Robert; four sisters, Katherine Zavadil, Ann Kuchta, Loretta Lammers, and Rose Fischer.