Funeral services celebrating the life of Stephen Lee Emery Sr., age 60, of Dassel, will take place this week at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.
Steve was born Sept. 25, 1948 in Minneapolis and died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at home after a courageous battle with cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam.
After growing up in Minneapolis, Steve entered the service at 17 years old.
He married Nancy (Sass) Emery Oct. 4, 1969.
His most recent place of employment was with the Litchfield School District, a place where he enjoyed the students, and had many friends.
Steve enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, spending time with his family, telling stories, history, baseball, antiques, and listening to his favorite oldies music.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dwight Emery; father-in-law Robert Sass; brother-in-law Larry Sass; friend Tom Gorton; and friend Delbert “Butch” Hilliard.
Steve is survived by his wife, Nancy Emery; mother Barbara Emery; mother-in-law Bonnie Sass; children Jennfier Bakken, Steve (Sheri) Emery Jr., Jessica (José) Sturgeon; sister Janice (Jeff) Emery-Werner; brother David (Bev) Emery; sister-in-law Maryann Sass; brother-in-law Randy Sass; eight grandchildren: Bradey Lemmerman, Bryer Bakken, Bailey Emery, Brynna Bakken, Hannah Emery, Audri Sturgeon, Isiah Sturgeon, and Isabelle Sturgeon; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/steveemery or call the funeral home at (320) 286-2534 for service information.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to one of the following:
• The Disabled Veterans Rest Camp, 11300 180th Street North, Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047. This is a place for disabled veterans and their families to enjoy camping, fishing, boating, and more.
• Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 120 Wall Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005. This is in honor of Steve’s granddaughter, Hannah Emery
The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato is handling the arrangements.