Richard Emmert


Richard H. Emmert, 84, of Columbus, passed from this life at 12:45 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Mr. Emmert was born March 3, 1932, in Bartholomew County, to Carl D. and Rowena E. Roach Emmert. He married Donna S. Burton Graham November 2, 1985.

He was a 1950 graduate of Columbus High School and attended the Purdue University Extension.

From 1954-1956, Mr. Emmert served in the U.S. Army as a specialist during the Korean War.

From 1958-1993, Mr. Emmert was a rural letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, American Legion Post 24 and St. John’s Masonic Lodge No. 20. He formerly held membership in the Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine, Bartholomew County Shrine Club – where he was a past president, Columbus Elks Lodge 521 and the Columbus Moose Lodge 398.

Mr. Emmert is survived by his wife of 31 years, Donna; children, Becky (Lawrence) Stephens of Columbus and Eric Graham of Columbus; grandchildren, Casey (Cass), Jake, Richey and Hallee; a great-grandson, Carter; sister, Marie Williams of Columbus; brother, Gordon (Barb) Emmert of Greenwood; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Emmert was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cheryl Hockersmith; sisters, Kathryn Williams and Carletta Ault; and a brother, Howard Emmert.

The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with Dr. Daniel Cash officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery. Full military rites will be presented by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or First Baptist Church.

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