Friday, November 12, 2010

Elmer Albert "Tiny" Walrath, 84, of Shell Knob, passed away Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield.

He was born May 26, 1926, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Elmer Roy and Florence (Schuitt) Walrath. On April 25, 1953, in Chicago, Ill., he was united in marriage to Lorraine Hofmann, who preceded him in death on Dec. 11, 1989. Also preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Richard Walrath; and a son-in-law, Kenneth Erick.

Survivors include: three daughters, Sandra Erick, of Shell Knob, Cathy Zivich, of Crown Point, Ind., and Sharon Miller and her husband, Murray, of Bradenton, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

He grew up and received his education in Chicago, Ill., where he graduated from Yale Cramer Parker High School. During World War II, he entered the United States Navy, serving from June 11, 1943, until March 15, 1946. Much of his life was spent in Illinois, where he was a foreman for Common Wealth Edison. In 1996, he moved from Glenwood, Ill., to Shell Knob, to make his home. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 2203, Central Crossing Masonic Lodge #383, Shriners, American Legion, the Eagles Lodge and was past president of SOLOS.

Memorial services with Military Honors and Masonic Rites were held Saturday in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Shell Knob, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Rev. Chris Williams conducted the services. Private burial will be held later in Lake Park Memorial Gardens, Shell Knob.

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in his memory.

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Shell Knob, Missouri