Walter J. Emmick Jr., 93, reposed in the Lord on Sunday (Feb, 9, 2014), in Somers Point, N.J., where he resided for the last 2 years, with his oldest son, Roger (Patricia) Emmick.
Walter was born May 2, 1920, in Philadelphia, Pa., and was the son of the late Walter J. and Ruth Moore Emmick Sr. He had lived in Blackwood, N.J. and Jamestown, before settling in his lifelong home in Ellington, N.Y.
Walter was a 1939 graduate of Ellington High School, and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, Red House, N.Y., serving for one year before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps serving during World War II from 1942-45.
Walter J. Emmick Jr.
He served in the European Theater and was awarded five campaign medals. Prior to retirement, he was employed by MRC for 35 years, retiring in 1982.
He was a life member of the Randolph Post 181, American Legion, John W. Tiffany Post 53, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and most recently the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3361 in Ventor, N.J. He was also a member of UAW Local 338, MRC Men's Chorus and Ellington Rod and Gun Club. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church, Falconer, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Randolph, and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Somers Point, N.J.
Walter was an avid bicycle rider for more than 20 years, never owning a bicycle prior to his retirement. After discovering his new found hobby, Water rode hundreds of miles weekly. He and his son, Jonathan rode across New York state into Canada, to Vermont when he was 76 years old.
Surviving are three sons: Roger (Patricia) Emmick of Somers Point, N.J., Jonathan (Evelyn) Emmick of Ellington, and Nathan (Dora) Emmick of Jamestown; 12 grandchildren: Christa, Carrie, Roger, Heather, Steven, Cindy, Kristy, Lonnie, Mark, Craig, Ryan and Matthew; and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva K. Passmore Emmick, whom he married Dec. 1, 1946, who died May 6, 1999; a son, Roderick Emmick-Johnson; a granddaughter, Pamela Suzette Emmick; a grandson, Timothy A. Emmick; and a great-grandson, TJ Walters.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church, Falconer. The Rev. Joseph Janaczek, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery, Ellington.
Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday in the Falconer Funeral Home.
Memorials may be donated to Heartland Hospice Services, 2111 New Road, Suite 100, Northfield, NJ 08225 or Ellington Volunteer Fire Department, Ellington, NY 14732 or the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3361, 601 N. Dorset Ave., Ventor, NJ 08406.
Visit our website at www.falconerfuneralhome.net to light a candle in remembrance.