Floyd J Emerson

Floyd J Emerson, 87, died peacefully in his home in Gardner, Kan., after a battle with cancer, on June 4, 2012, with his spouse of 66 years Helen by his side.

Floyd was born in Muncie, Kan. to William Henry and Katherine Elizabeth (Baucom) Emerson on Oct. 5, 1924. He was a lifelong resident of Kansas.

He served as a U.S. Marine in WWII and was a proud member of the Pacific Theatre.

Floyd married Helen Mootz in 1946 in Kansas City, Kan.

He worked from 1958 to 1984 for the Kansas City Kansas Fire Dept. Station #6, where he retired as a Captain.

He fought his battle with cancer as bravely as he had lived his life as a hero. His strength, perseverance and kind heart shined through to the bitter end. He was loved by all of his family, friends and even his nursing staff as he left to go home for his final battle. He enjoyed fishing, working with model railroads, playing dominos and pinochle. He was an avid Kansas City Royals fan. Floyd will be deeply missed by all of us, but never forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother William Emerson and sisters, Josephine Bunton, Mary Hughey and Lucy Goble.

Floyd is survived by his wife Helen, of the home; children, F. Jack Emerson (Traci) of Blue Springs, Mo., Marsha A. Justice of The Colony, Texas, Don S. Emerson (Theresa) of Parkville, Mo., Gary M. Emerson and Cheri L. Emerson, both of Lenexa, Kan.; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 9 a.m., June 8, 2012, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS, (913) 856-7111. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society or Olathe Hospice. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.