Ralph Eldo Hemmer, 85, Zoar

Untitled-1Ralph Eldo Hemmer, 85, of Zoar, died Thursday (August 3) at his home. He was born in Zoar December 24, 1931, to Earl and Alberta (Weitkamp) Hemmer. He lived his entire life on his farm, Meadowtop. He married to Delores Kinkade June 5, 1955, at Huntingburg Methodist Church.

Ralph was active in the Zoar United Methodist Church where he served more than 25 years as chairman of the administrative council. He taught Sunday school, sang in the Jubilee Choir and held various other positions in the church. He served on the community’s Mosquito Fest forming committee 45 years ago. He and his family sang gospel music for many years. He was best known for his rendition of The Lighthouse. He was a member of the Uhl Pottery Collectors Society, the Model T Ford Club of America, and the Kentuckiana Crosley Club.

He is survived by his wife, Delores Hemmer; one son, John Hemmer and wife Janet, Zoar; three daughters, Becky Brockriede and husband Ron, Huntingburg, Rachel Hughes and husband Ron, Richmond, and Laura Hemmer, Cincinnati; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and several foster great-grandchildren who called him “Big Pop”.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at Zoar United Methodist Church. Memorials may be given to the church or to family wishes. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at Zoar UMC with burial following in the Zoar Cemetery. Pastor Keith Chanley will officiate at the service.

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