October 24, 2023
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Elmer E. Gangl, 96, of Melrose, passed away Oct. 21, 2023, at CentraCare-Sauk Centre Hospital in Sauk Centre. A private graveside service will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Grey Eagle with military honors by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. A celebration of life will be 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Sauk Centre American Legion. Elmer Ervin Gangl was born July 5, 1927, in Millwood Township, Stearns County, to Michael and Hilda (Eiynck) Gangl. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was honorably discharged in July 1947. He was united in marriage to Valeria Herzog Sept. 1, 1955, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa. Elmer owned and operated Elmer’s Bar in St. Rosa. After retirement, Elmer and Valeria moved to Big Birch Lake. Valeria passed away in 1995 and later, Elmer found friendship with Loretta Pfeifer. They resided on Lake Sylvia together for 16 years until Loretta passed away. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle and the Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050. Elmer enjoyed fishing and spearing, traveling, deer hunting and spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his daughter, Joyce (Doug) Kaiser of Long Prairie; grandchildren Kelsey Kaiser, Taylor (Amber) Kaiser and Austin (Jessie) Kaiser; great-granddaughter Charlie; sisters Marti (Roger) Doetkott of Melrose, Ida Finken of Melrose and Luella (Jim) Noren of St. Paul; and many relatives and friends. Elmer was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Valeria Gangl; parents; son William Gangl; special friend Loretta Pfeifer; brothers and sisters Sally, Dan, Don, Melvin, Issy, Hannah, Herman, Angie, Fron, Loretta and Al. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Grey Eagle.