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John Ross Emerson
July 28, 1953 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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John Emerson passed away peacefully at the Center for Hospice in Elkhart, IN, surrounded by family on Tuesday, January 30th at 01:54am. He is preceded in death by his parents Betty and Barney Emerson of Marion, IN, as well as his beloved Labrador companion, Oreo. He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda Emerson, his daughter and son-in-law Valerie Emerson and Christian Jamesen, his son and daughter-in-law Sam and Laura Martin, his three grandchildren, Libby, Charlotte, and Ella Martin, sister Linda and his brother-in-law NL Pennington, as well as his loving and playful doggie sidekick, Daisy.
John was born in Indianapolis, IN on July 28th, 1953 and grew up in Marion, IN. He was a curious man with a knack for education and learning. He received his Masters in school of public and environmental affairs and was the LaGrange County extension director for Purdue University and 4H education and youth director. John was passionate about educating and protecting youth in the community, as well as environmental and agricultural sciences.
John was energetic, always active, serious about his health, and always ready for adventure. He was an avid golfer and fisherman, and often took to fishing year round, with snow and ice being some of his favorite fishing conditions. John loved to travel and explore, and especially enjoyed visiting relatives in Washington State as well as Arizona.
John was known for his great sense of humor, his kind heart, and gentle nature. He was loved by all who knew him and he didn't know a stranger. John had a plethora of friends from all over the nation who traveled for hours and hundreds of miles just to visit him before brain cancer took his life. His carefree, warm-hearted, and humorous nature made him the life of the party. John always put the needs of those he loved before himself. He was a firm believer in providing for his family and prioritized his children and grandchildren's education. He was wise, yet humble and observant. John will forever be remembered as a loyal and dear friend, a compassionate and loving husband, and a proud, devoted, and nurturing father.
In accordance with John's wishes, a celebration of life will take place on Saturday May 4th. John was a massive dog lover, and donations can be made to Pals4Paws, a nonprofit, family run organization that helps small and rural animal shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries. Links to the organization's website and Facebook page listed below.