Elmer Raymond Pfeifle, 87, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Elmer is survived by his wife, Elenora Pfeifle; children, Kelly (Craig) Eells and Kevin (Christa) Pfeifle; and son-in-law, Ray Terpstra. Elmer was blessed with five grandchildren, Matt Terpstra, Elizabeth Terpstra, Max Pfeifle, Parker Eells and Madison Pfeifle. He is also survived by his brothers, Leroy Pfeifle, Ervin (LaVon) Pfeifle, Myron (Judy) Pfeifle and Kenneth (Carlotta) Pfeifle and beloved nieces and nephews.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Martin Pfeifle; his sisters, Alice Bender and Viola Klein; and most recently his beloved daughter, Tammy Terpstra. Also his parents-in-law, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Elmer was born March 5, 1931, to Julius and Adele (Graff) Pfeifle, in Ventura, N.D. Elmer had seven siblings and grew up on the family farm. He was united in marriage to Elenora Knudson on Oct. 26, 1958, in Perth, N.D. They had a loving 62 year marriage. Elmer and Elenora raised three children, Tammy, Kelly and Kevin. Elmer proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War (1951-1953), where he was stationed in Germany. Elmer was a dedicated employee of Electric Coating Inc. for 32 years. He was a member of First Lutheran Church for about 47 years.
Elmer's greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. He held a private pilot's license and flying was his greatest hobby. His favorite quote is "It is what it is."
Elmer's witty sense of humor and sweet personality endeared him to everyone who met him. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him.
Elmer's beloved daughter, Tammy Terpstra, died hours before Elmer and accompanied him to Heaven. A joint visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home, 4200 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. A joint celebration of their lives will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at First Lutheran Church, 1000 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors. Luncheon to follow at First Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the family.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.