Emery, Adrian (John) David, Hemlock, Michigan


Passed away at home surrounded by his loving and adoring family. Adrian was born in Merrill MI in 1917 to Henry Joseph Emery and Ida Louise (Thayer) Emery. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Eva (Smith) on March 21, 2003. He is survived by his daughters, Judith (Glen Jr.) Morningstar of Highland, MI and Linda (Steve) Neigebauer of Hemlock, MI. His two sons, David and Clifford Emery predeceased him. He leaves his cherished grandchildren, Rhonda (Chris) Ashland of Midland, Denise (Shane) Lewis of Mt. Pleasant and Tim (Beth) Braley of Orion Township. He was proud to have 6 really great grandchildren; Madeline and Abby; Tyler and Jessica; Shane Jr. and Dylan. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Flossie Pohlman and Mildred Livingston & two brothers, Emerson and Morrison Emery. He also leaves niece, Joann Mayer, and 3 nephews, Larry Livingston, Ron and John Emery. Adrian was married to Eva in 1941 and served in the army during WWII and was part of the Rainbow Division. He trained for the Battle of the Bulge and served in the European Theatre where he enjoyed the travel aspects of military life. He was a driver in the motor pool and on occasion drove jeep for John Eisenhower for troop inspections. He grew up farming & attended Midland High School. He worked at Wilcox, now Eaton Mfg, until his retirement in 1974 whereupon his family could never find the gallivanting couple due to their love of travel to such places as Alaska, Florida, the Grand Canyon. He loved fishing and his most vivid memories were of fishing in the Canadian lakes. John was a masterful storyteller delighting others with true stories (and some semi-true stories) He enjoyed playing guitar at an early age and loved to sing. He was a wise and caring person and the life's lessons we all learned from him will live with us forever. He will be missed by his family & friends. Funeral service will take place on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Road. Rev Jerry Paul Densmore will officiate with burial at Nelson Cemetery under the auspices of the Hemlock-Merrill VFW Post #7302. Friends may visit at the Funeral Chapel Monday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00p.m. and on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Hemlock United Methodist Church. www.casefuneralhome.com