Nov. 15, 1934-May 11, 2013
MARSHALL - Services for Emroy J. Biteler, 78, of Marshall, formerly of Flandreau, S.D., Colman, S.D. and Tracy, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Marshall. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with 7 p.m. prayer service today at Hamilton Funeral Home. Visitation continues one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls, S.D. Military honors will be furnished by American Legion Post 113.
He died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Emroy John was born Nov. 15, 1934, in Flandreau, S.D., to Homer and Mae (Spaulding) Biteler. He was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Flandreau. After graduating from Flandreau High School in 1952, Emroy went on to attend Dakota State University. He taught rural school near Elkton in Brookings County, then moved to Coleman, S.D., and taught 7th and 8th grade. He then moved to Tracy in 1959 where he continued to teach until his retirement in 1997. Emroy was a member of the National Guard for 23 years. He also sold Miracle Maid Cookware where he became a top salesman.
On March 27, 1954, Emroy was united in marriage to JoAnn Ehret. To this union three children were born: LeRoy, Douglas and Nancy. Emroy married Jean Dunn on July 27, 1977.
During his life, Emroy enjoyed lawn and garden work, keeping up his antique '59 Mercury and being part of the "Shades of the Past" Car Club. Emroy and Jean took many trips with their motor home, some with Rawhide Rovers motor home club. They spent their winters in Arizona and Texas, but the love of his life was spending time with his family.
Emroy is survived by his wife, Jean of Marshall; two children, LeRoy (and Wanda) Biteler of Chanhassen and Nancy (and Ken) LaBrie of Pierre, S.D.; four grandchildren, Justin and Miranda Biteler, and Brandon and Clayton LaBrie; one brother Elmer (and Gratia) of Sioux Falls, S.D., two sisters-in-law, Maxine Biteler of Colorado and Illa Biteler of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and also many other relatives and friends.
Emroy was preceded in death by his parents; son, Douglas and two brothers, Dean and Darrel.