Richard Elmer Lee Emmert

Mar 18th, 1943 - Sep 21st, 2020
Richard Elmer Lee Emmert

Richard Elmer Lee Emmert, 77, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2020 at his home.

Richard was born on March 18, 1943 in Cedar Rapids, IA to Lee and Bhula (Glick) Emmert.  He married Julie Eloise Johnson on April 18, 1968 in Cedar Rapids. On the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary in 2018, they renewed their vows at the church where they were married, Grace Episcopal.

Richard enlisted in the United States Army in 1964 and served in Vietnam and Germany earning the rank of Specialist.  He then worked as a claims adjuster for Iowa National Mutual Insurance and in property management in Carbondale, IL. He earned a B.S. in Botany with a minor in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University. Richard later lived in Saudi Arabia and Egypt while working as a quality assurance specialist for the Department of Defense.  He was very proud of where he worked. In his retirement, Richard loved traveling, reading, woodworking and spending time with his family. Richard will be remembered for his storytelling, good humor and kind gestures.

Survivors include:

Wife-Julie Emmert

Son-Lee Richard Emmert (Erin Neill)

Daughter-Christina Marie Altringer (Christopher)

Sister-Jereta Logan

Brother-in-law-Douglas Johnson

Sister-in-law-Lois Ely

Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Duane Ely; brother-in-law, Ernest Logan and many relatives and close friends.

Richard will be inurned at Cedar Memorial in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/PO Box 411/Marion, IL 62959

4 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Kay

    From: Shakopee, Minnesota

    Date: September 23, 2020

    I was very fortunate to have Dick as my Uncle. I didn’t see him often, but when I did, it was always an enjoyable and memorable time. His sense of humor was contagious; he was a wonderful man.
    He assisted the priest at my wedding 48 years ago at the same church he grew up in and that meant the world to me. You will be missed.

  • Guest: SIS

    From: Cedar , Illinois

    Date: September 24, 2020

    Rest In Peace Little Brother. Until we meet again-

  • Guest: SIS

    From: Fairfax, Iowa

    Date: September 24, 2020

    Rest In Peace Little Brother. Until we meet again- ❤️

  • Guest: carolyn (koch

    From: Iowa Falls, Iowa

    Date: September 28, 2020

    Hi. I only met Dick once. My husband is a trucker. One time we were going thru Marion and we contacted Julie and Dick to see if they could meet us at the truck stop. Julie and I are cousins and don’t remember ever meeting each other. What a joyous time we had. Dick joined right in as if he was the cousin! Fantastic man. I had so much fun listening to him tell us about so many things. He sure kept the conversation going! I know Julie will miss him terribly. He no longer is suffering and is at peace with his Lord above. And I know he will be watching over his wife forever! Rest in Peace Dick.