ROCKFORD -- Elmer O. Vergin, 88, Rockford, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at the Buffalo Hospital.
He was born Nov. 6, 1911, in Rockford Township to Reinhold and Ida (Schleif) Vergin. He was baptized at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pelican Lake. He was confirmed at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. He married Dolores Robasse on April 17, 1933, at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. They moved to Brainerd and for the next 31 years owned and operated the Economy Auto Supply Store along with his brother Walter Vergin and his wife Hilda. He was inducted into the Army in 1943 and served in World War II. He was a member of the 65th Combat Engineers of the 25th Infantry Division and was involved in the beachhead landing on Luzon. He was later involved in the occupation of Japan. Discharged in 1946 as a master sergeant, he was presented with a Distinguished Unit Badge, a south Philippine Liberation Luzon Award, an Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal, a Meritorious Unit Award and the Philippine Liberation Medal with Bronze Star. In 1966, they returned to Rockford and retired. He joined the Rockford Fire Department, served 25 years and retired as a captain. He also served 14 years as a member of the city of Rockford's planning and zoning commission. He volunteered and was an active member of Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church and served numerous offices, including chairman of the church council.
Survivors include a brother, Lloyd Vergin, Rockford.
His wife died Feb. 2, 2000, and a sister, Olga Schleif, and three brothers, Walter, Howard and Vernon, also died earlier.
Services were 2 p.m. today at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford with Pastor Andrew Krause officiating. Burial with military honors followed in Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.
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