Emmer Hulce, age 80, of Midland, died Wednesday, September 27, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Funeral services were held 2:00 Saturday, September 30, at the Open Bible Church in Midland, with Pastor Randy Ellendorf officiating. Ushers were Ray Gartner and Greg Arthur. Pallbearers were Norman Payne, Doug Johnson, Charles Williams, Wes Jamison, Ronnie Gartner and Larry Neiderworder.
Interment was in the Midland Cemetery.
Emmer Edward Hulce was born December 27, 1925, in Presho, South Dakota, the second son of Albert and May (Darling) Hulce. Emmer started school in Presho and then attended various country schools. He moved with his parents to Vivian, South Dakota, where he attended and graduated from high school. After graduation, he was inducted into the United States Navy where he served aboard an L.S.T. as a radioman. After receiving his discharge, he returned to Vivian where he worked for Harvey and Vera Hullinger.
Emmer was united in marriage to Amy Vernon on May 3, 1947, and was the proud father of two sons, Terry Emmer and Ronald LeRoy. He went onto become a grandfather of seven granddaughters and nine great-grandchildren.
Emmer moved his family to Presho where he worked for John Deere and the local elevator. Emmer was hired by the REA and was stationed in Reliance for two years. He moved again in 1956, when he came to Midland as a lineman. He was promoted to area foreman and there he remained until retirement.
He retired in 1989, leaving him free to indulge in his two favorite pastimes, working on cars and going fishing. He wanted the kids to share his enthusiasm for the sport so he took them all fishing. He got the twins fishing rods when they were five years old and they loved to go with "Grampa".
He passed his love of cars and his mechanical ability to both his sons. In later years, he and great-grandson, Connor took rides in his pickup and raced the train. He also liked to go to drag races and always had some idea if the car wasn't running right. He always had time to lend a hand with advice or anything else that was needed.
Emmer belonged to the Legion and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served on the Midland Town Board for 12 years.
He belonged to the historical society of old Stanley County, and spent two years following and finding signs put up by Roy Wiseman. He has the most complete record of signs and what is written on them for the Black and Yellow, Old Deadwood Trail, and various Indian trails, which has been turned over to Eileen Fischer, who has continued the project. He immensely enjoyed doing this and learning about South Dakota history. Emmer was a man of many talents, he was very good at drawing, he entertained the grandkids and great-grandkids by drawing silly pictures of horses, birds, and dogs. For the grandkids, and great-grandkids' birthdays, Amy baked and Emmer decorated the cakes. He was also a seamstress, helping with the quilts for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and the great-nieces and nephews in Oregon. He also designed and sewed a quilt for each of the two Hulce family reunions.
Emmer leaves his wife, Amy, of 59 years; sons, Terry Hulce and his wife, Mary "Ducie", of Rapid City, and Ronald "Bud" Hulce and his wife, Lola, of Philip; granddaughters, Dodie Heinrich and her husband, Fred, and their sons, Connor and Brennen, of Rapid City, Terra Duda and her husband, Tim, and their daughter, Tianna, of Rapid City; Amber Pittman and her husband, Nate, and children, Darren and Hannah, of Greenwood, IN; Jean Hanson and her husband, Bill, and their daughters, Janie and Sara, of Pukwana; Kyleen Darrow and friend, Shane Leibig, and children, Kaycee and Tyler, of Rapid City; and Brittney and Brianna Hulce of Rapid City; two sisters, Alberta Verzani of Presho and Helen Stracke of Burbank, CA; three brothers, Dennis Hulce of Chamberlain, Claude Hulce of Sun Valley, CA, and Robert Hulce of Waitsburg, WA. He also leaves sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews; and two special neighbors who will miss his warm comforting hugs, his corny jokes, and his always-ready helping hand.
Emmer was preceded to heaven by his mother, May, and his father, Albert; two brothers, Forrest Hulce of Presho and Walter Hulce of Burbank, CA; and one great-grandson, Joshua Hulce.
A memorial has been established.