Elmer Ray Brunker, Sr., 93, of Olathe, Kan, passed away July 1, 2017 at the Olathe Hospice House.
Elmer was born February 29, 1924 in Bethel, Mo to William Clem and Elsie Marie (Poulsen) Brunker. He had three siblings: Lester, Helen and William. Elmer attended Washington Rural High School and then attended KCK Junior College.
He was drafted into the United States Army on Aug. 23, 1944. He was assigned to the 1537th Engineering Service Company overseas in New Guinea and Luzon. Elmer participated in the battles and campaigns of the Southern Philippines. He supervised and assigned enlisted personnel to duties. His rank was Staff Sergeant which is considered Military Police. October 29, 1946, he was released at Camp Beale, CA. He went to work for Forslund Pump and Machinery in KCMO.
Elmer married Betty “June” Perkins on June 10, 1950 at the Welborn Community Church. Since they both worked in KCMO they lived in Eastern KCMO. On March 5, 1951, they moved to the farm South of Olathe, KS. Their son, Elmer Ray Brunker, Jr. was born Feb. 16, 1954. Elmer helped start the Farms Coop Assoc. in Gardner and was on the board of directors when they moved the operation to Edgerton. Then when Edgerton merged with Lawrence, Elmer was elected to that board. He also served on the Johnson County Fair board and became President of the Association. He stayed very active in the fair for many years. Elmer and his son, Ray and grandson, Charlie farmed together the rest of his life, they made a great team.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; wife, June in 2008 and son, Elmer Ray Brunker, Jr. He is survived by his grandson, Charlie and Jessica Brunker of Ottawa, Kan and Jeniffer and Travis Carmichael of Emporia and three great-grandchildren: Cheyenne, Colby and Callen.
Funeral Service will be 11:00 am Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, Kan 66030 913-856-7111. Visitation at 10:00 am before the service. Burial with Military Honors will be 2:00 pm Wednesday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Kansas City, Kan. Memorial contributions may be made to Olathe Hospice House or the Wellsville Retirement Center. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.