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Gary Emerson 10/28/2022

Gary N. Emerson, age 75, of Amery passed away Friday, October 28, 2022 at his home.  Gary was born on October 26,1947 in Amery, Wisconsin to Perry and Hazel (Christenson) Emerson. He grew up near Wanderoos, Wisconsin and went to school in Wanderoos and graduated from Amery High School in 1966. He went on to attend and graduate from the University of Wisconsin River Falls with a Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science.

He married Ardys Erickson on September 7, 1969. With a draft number of 7, Gary went ahead and enlisted in the army on November 19, 1970 and served his country in the Vietnam era. He was a member of the 1st Aviation Brigade, 225th Flying Dragons as a surveillance radar repairman.  He was honorably discharged from the army on April 27, 1972. He received several medals of honor and was a member of the American Legion Post 0169 and Disabled American Veterans Northwest Chapter 52.

After Vietnam, Gary returned to Amery and worked at Belle Cheese factory, Alwin Construction, and Swager Brothers Construction before becoming self-employed as a dairy farmer where he remained active until his death.

 He is preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Hazel Emerson, and his father in law Kerwin Erickson. He is survived by his wife Ardys, daughter Shelly (Richard) McNitt, son, Scott (Tracy) Emerson, grandchildren, Abby (Derreck Jones) and Brendan McNitt, Lexi and Trinity Emerson, brothers, Darrell (Darlene) Emerson, Dale (Patti) Emerson, mother in law, Helen Erickson, and sister in law, Annette (Barry) Peterson, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

A funeral service as held on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 1:00 pm at First Lutheran Church (218 County Road K) in New Richmond.  Visitation was on Wednesday from 11:00-1:00 pm at the church.Interment was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 11:30 am.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Gary’s service


  • clair a Pederson Posted October 29, 2022 4:45 pm

    Sure going to miss old buddy Gary

  • Pat(Wold) Shorter Posted October 29, 2022 5:26 pm

    Sorry for your loss Ardys
    Gary was a great guy and classmate of 1966!

  • Jan Aune Posted October 29, 2022 8:27 pm

    So sorry about Gary Ardy.
    Our sympathy to you and your family..

  • KRISTINE SIGSWORTH Posted October 30, 2022 7:32 am

    I will miss my replacement dad so much !!
    I love Gary and his whole family like my very own.
    it will be so hard tonsay goodbye forever on weds.
    I’ll be apuddle of tears just like the night I got a text telling me he passed. so heartbroken!
    I love you Ardys and I will be there for you anytime tou need me.

  • Grace Butler Simons Posted October 30, 2022 8:24 am

    My deepest sympathy to you, Ardy, and your family. The world loss a great man. I have so many fun, sweet, crazy memories of our times at UWRF.

  • Karen Jensen Posted October 30, 2022 9:37 am

    So sorry. He was a great first cousin.

  • Greg & Marilyn Swanson Posted October 30, 2022 10:19 am

    Greg and I extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy to your family. The heart of a farmer is one to be cherished.

  • Jane Springer Posted October 30, 2022 8:05 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great cousin. My sympathies to his whole family.

  • Juanita (Olson) Lovegren Posted October 31, 2022 10:03 pm

    My sympathies to you, Ardys & your family. I graduated with Gary & hadn’t seen him in years until a gathering for our 50th reunion at Barb & Sam’s…..he was the same nice, kind guy I remembered from AHS. My prayers are with you now & in the days ahead. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Ken Mettler Posted November 2, 2022 10:44 pm

    Gary was a true gentleman and friend!!

  • Lisa Handrahan Posted November 3, 2022 9:18 am

    Our sincere sympathy”s for you Ardys and your family. Gary will surely be missed he was a very loving and caring man helped me so much when needed it. If you need anything please let us know. We will come see you. Big hugs!

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