Howard Emery

Howard Emery
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Howard Lee Emery, 77, of Freeburg, IL, formerly of Yucaipa, CA, born July 8, 1938, in Herrin, IL, died Sunday, April 3, 2016, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Emery was a retired captain for the Redlands, CA, Fire Department.  He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL, and was a former governor for the Loyal Order of the Moose.  Howard had been a member of the U.S. Army Reserves.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorraine, nee Brown, Emery; a son, James Lee Emery; his parents, William Howard and Moureen Lucille, nee Gregory, Emery; and a sister, Judith Gregory.

Surviving are his wife of 4 ½ years, Peggy L., nee Wilderman, Kessler-Emery, whom he married on October 8, 2011;
three sons, Howard Lee Jr. (Holly) Emery of Coeur d’Alene, ID,
Wayne Lee (Sandra Dee) Emery of Riverside, CA,
and Robert Lee (Teresa) Emery of Buckley, WA;
three step-daughters, Sondra Kessler (Luke) Niederhauser of Imperial, MO,
Robin (Tom) Heiken of Smithton, IL,
and Penny Kessler of Freeburg, IL;
numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren;
and a sister, Carolyn Gettman of Highland, CA.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or to the Freeburg Fire Department.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at St. Paul’s, with Rev. Earl Crecelius officiating.

Condolences Left For Howard Emery

The Emery Family has been a part of our family for many years, we were next door neighbors. We are so sorry for your loss and we pray for healing in all your hearts. Thoughts and prayers. The Uphold, Cross, Salgado, and Adams family’s.

Nicole Adams (Uphold), Yucaipa, California, 92399


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