April 14, 1928 – Sept. 10, 2020
Elmer Enzminger peacefully passed away Sept. 10, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska.
Elmer was born on April 14, 1928 on the family farm West of Streeter, North Dakota, the youngest of nine children born to Johanna (Wittmier) and Gottlieb Enzminger. After his mother passed away, Gottlieb married Katherine Bitz, who also had nine children — Elmer being the youngest of them all.
In 1946, Elmer moved to Hardin, Montana where he graduated in 1948. He went on to Eugene Bible College in Eugene, Oregon and married Agnes Meyers in 1951. They had two children, Helen and Stephen. Elmer and Agnes later divorced and Elmer married Karen Tripp on June 11, 1977. Karen had one daughter, Kimberly.
After living briefly in Spokane, Washington, the family moved to Hardin in 1978 where Elmer worked on the family farm. Elmer retired from farming in 1997 and would go on to work for the City of Hardin. He decided it was time to permanently retire in 2014 before moving to Homer, Alaska with Karen, Kim and her husband David.
Elmer and Karen took vacations every year to either the West (Washington, Idaho, California, Oregon) or to the Southeast (South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana). They loved gospel music and going to multiple concerts at The Grand Ole Opry, The Gaithers, The Booth Brothers and countless others. Once in Alaska they became involved at Glacierview Baptist Church, Homer Senior Citizens Center and visiting residents at Long Term Care at South Peninsula Hospital. They also enjoyed going for rides out to the Homer Spit.
Elmer had a great love of the scripture, for people and the Lord. So it is with his passing, heaven gained another angel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, nieces and nephews.
He leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Karen; daughter Helen (John) Torres of Eugene, Oregon; son Stephen Enzminger of Billings, Montana; stepdaughter Kimberly (David) Royce of Homer, Alaska; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a step-sister, Elsie; and a multitude of nieces, nephews and their families.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at Glacierview Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Glacierview Baptist Church, Homer Senior Center Alzheimer’s Unit or a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.