Elmer Richard Allgaier, 95, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 at Munson Medical Center. Elmer was born on Sept. 30, 1921 in Leelanau County to the late Francis and Anna (Ansorge) Allgaier.
He was married to Charlotte Rice on April 17, 1948. She preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 1992.
Elmer was born and spent his childhood on the family homestead on Allgaier Road. As a young man he moved to Traverse City to work at the State Hospital, where he continued his love of farming by working on their grounds. In 1947 he purchased 120 acres on Culver Road, where he raised his family. His love of farming had him spending many an hour on his favorite John Deere Tractor. He also was a skilled carpenter and built several homes in Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area.
Elmer was a jokester and was well known among family and friends for his sense of humor and quick wit. He was an active member at St. Patrick Catholic Church and belonged to the men's club. Elmer had a deep faith, prayed the rosary daily and lived his faith everyday.
Elmer is survived by two daughters and two sons, Linda Burrows, Judy (Bob) Robinson, Tim (Paula) Allgaier and Bill (Jean) Allgaier; and a sister, Mary Jane Allgaier. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Amanda Burrows, Sara (Jake) Belfry, Kalen (Katie) Robinson, Kinsley (Mike) Brann, Kendall (Shannon) Robinson, Sydney Allgaier, Jon-Paul Allgaier and Nathan Allgaier; as well as great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Kianna "Gracie", Ashlynn, Max, Karson, Keegan, Chloe, Hadley, Aven, Hayes, Lenix and Remy.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte; a daughter, Peggy; wife, Catherine; a brother, Clarence; four sisters, Margaret, Hilda, Ethel and Dorothy; as well as his beloved companion, his dog, Sonny.
Elmer's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to his caregivers at Inverness who loved and took such good care of him for the past eight years.
Friends are welcome to visit with Elmer's family on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, where the rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at 11 a.m., at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 630 S. West Silver Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49685. The Rev. Fr. Greg McCallum and Deacon Rene Hoensheid will officiate.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to St. Vincent De Paul, 1207 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, MI 49686 or the Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49686.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Elmer's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on September 9, 2017