Elmer was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Township where he had served as an Elder and sang in the church choir which his wife Phyllis directed for many years.. In earlier years he had played Baritone in a community band. Elmer enjoyed playing cards, especially Sheepshead. He cherished time with his grandchildren Nate and Natalie. Elmer will be remembered for his always positive and kind nature that saw the positive in everything.
Elmer is preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Alvina Lehrke; brother Raymond Lehrke; sisters and brothers-in-law Florence and Rueben Narr, Ethel and Earl Emich; brother-in-law and sister-in-law William and Christy Umland.
Elmer is survived by his loving family: wife Phyllis Lehrke of Waconia; son and daughter-in-law Joel and Heidi Lehrke of Chanhassen; grandchildren Nate Lehrke of Landstuhl, Germany, Natalie Lehrke of Chanhassen; nieces and nephews Duane (Arlene) Narr, Corrine Allen, Donald (Nancy) Narr, David Narr, Cheryl (David Gutzmann) Klemp, Judy (Bruce) Pease, John (Janet) Umland, Julie (Norman) Krause, Peter Umland, Mark (Shelly) Umland; many great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Serving as casket bearers Nate Lehrke, Natalie Lehrke, Judy Pease, Bruce Pease, Donald Narr, David Narr, Peter Umland, Mark Umland.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com