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Elmer L. Uhrick, 85, Bluffton, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Geneva to the late Vernon and Devota (Clark) Uhrick.
Elmer married Norma Jean Swygart Dec. 15, 1946, in Portland; she passed away July 19, 1979. He married his second wife, Madonna (DuBois) Bergdoll, July 26, 1980; she passed away Aug. 27, 2001.
He worked for Franklin Electric for 25 years, retiring in 1991.
Elmer was known all around for being a great baker, especially for his chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies. He will always be remembered for being a great caretaker and loving grandfather to all of his grandchildren.
He is survived by two daughters, Joyce (Greg) Smith of Bluffton and Judy (Jerry) Wyatt of Warsaw; a son, Kerry (Marilyn) Uhrick of Sevierville, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Jane Uhrick of Wolcottville; two step-sons, Bill (Claudia) Bergdoll of Angola and Jim (Sheila) Bergdoll of Pickford, Mich.; three step-daughters, Terri (Roger) Black, Cindy (Mike) Wolfe and Ann (Jim) Harshman, all of Bluffton; 19 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and 29 great-great grandchildren.
Also surviving is a brother, Dale (Jane) Uhrick of Bluffton; four sisters, Dollie Osborne of St. Louis, Mo., Josephine Hale of Decatur, Ethel Flowers and Flossie Morris of Van Wert, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Uhrick; a great-grandchild; two brothers, Clarence and Walter Uhrick; and four sisters, Rebecca Bietler, Helen Diehl, Ola Uhrick and Emma Lou Hires.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Goodwin-Cale and Harnish Memorial Chapel, with Pastor Ryon Adcock officiating
Burial will be in the Decatur Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the National Kidney Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.thegmcfamily.com.