Elmer H. GostnellAugust 7, 1929 ~ January 31, 2017 (age 87)
Elmer H. Gostnell, age 87, of Lake Odessa passed away January 31, 2017, surrounded by his family.
Elmer was born on August 7, 1929 in Ionia, Michigan. He married Eulah Van Siclen on March 15, 1952. She survives. They were married 64 years.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents George and Reva A. Gostnell, son Donald E., two grandsons Donnie C. son of Donald, Corey J Hynes son of Helen, granddaughter Vicki E daughter of Jerry and Judy Gostnell. He was also preceded in death by his two brothers Evertt and Howard Gostnell of Lansing, MI and his sister Thelma Rittenger of Lowell, MI.
Elmer is survived by his son Jerry (Judy) Gostnell of Alvada, Ohio, daughters Helen (Doug) Ames of Hastings, Deborah (Tom) Kasdorf of Hubbardston, MI and their children and grandchildren.
Elmer enlisted in the Army in 1946 at the end of WWll. He served in the Korean War where he earned the Bronze Star with V for Valor. Elmer left the Army in 1956, returning to Lake Odessa and securing employment at the Lake Odessa Machine Shop, Leaving the machine shop, he then worked for Scheidts Hardware as an appliance repairman, Elmer then moved on to the Lake Odessa Canning Company (Twin City Foods) where he worked as an ammonia engineer until he retired in 1999. Elmer enjoyed the great outdoors, fishing and hunting. Elmer also enjoyed bowling and golf. Elmer spent many hours in his wood shop where he would build anything asked of him, especially for his family.
Visitation will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Koops Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Koops Funeral Chapel with burial taking place immediately following at Lakeside Cemetery, Lake Odessa, MI.
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