June 1, 1923 – Feb. 5, 2015
Funeral services for Elmer “Pete” Gernant were held Feb. 9 at Grace Lutheran Church in Greybull. Pete, 91, died Feb. 5 at South Big Horn Hospital.
Pete was born June 1, 1923, one of 10 children born to Anna and Theodore Gernandt. He was baptized into the Christian faith June 24, 1923. Most of his early life was spent in Appleton City, Mo., where he attended the Trinity Lutheran Church and school. He was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran on May 3, 1936.
As a teenager, Pete moved to Greybull to farm with the Mayland Brothers on Emblem Bench. Later, he and his brothers started their own farming operation on Emblem Bench.
During World War II, Pete served in the 78th Lightning Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. His unit was credited for its participation in the Rhineland offensive and also played a pivotal role in ending war in Europe.
Following his discharge Pete returned to Greybull where he farmed, first with his brothers and then with his sons.
He met Phyllis Halverson, who was teaching in Greybull, in 1962. They married June 26, 1963, at Fountain Lutheran Church in Fountain Township near Hustler and Kendall, Wis. He received his GED in 1966.
Pete and Phyllis lived and raised their family in Greybull. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the American Legion. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and playing cards.
His parents, Anna and Theodore Gernandt, one daughter, Connie, and his siblings, Roy, Rose, Otto, Louise, John, Vern, Edith, Norman and Hugo, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Brent and Lisa Gernant of Waterloo, Iowa, and Blake Gernant of Greybull; two daughters and one son-in-law, Kenneth and Roxane Gernant Humphrey of Morrill, Neb. and Renea Gernant of Louisville, Neb.; three sisters-in-law, Doris Gernant of Powell, Joan Gernant of Worland and Bertha Gernant of Billings, Mont.; two “informally adopted” daughters, Lisa Ashby of Seward, Neb. and Kay Meyer of Las Vegas; one granddaughter, Christine Humphrey and a grandson, Jonathan Humphrey both of Morrill, and “chosen” granddaughter, Lisa Marcus of Greybull.
Interment with military rites was at the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Grace Lutheran Church, 501 6th Ave. N., Greybull, WY 82426.