Richard Lee Hemmerlein

Richard Lee Hemmerlein, 84, of New Palestine, passed into the loving embrace of the Lord on Sunday, May 24, 2015. He was born to Edward and Albertina (Opal) Hemmerlein in Dubois, IN on Sept. 2, 1930. He married Essie “Bea” Beatrice Jackman on May 10, 1952.

Mr. Hemmerlein was a member of New Palestine United Church, Eagle Lodge, and United Transportation Union #1518.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Richard worked for the railroad 40 years.  He was an avid deer hunter, enjoyed gardening, and took great pleasure in giving others the produce of his labor. He also loved the outdoors and mowing grass.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Bea; parents, Edward and Albertina Hemmerlein and brother, Edward Hemmerlein (WWII, Sergeant).

He leaves behind a son, Dennis (Terri) Hemmerlein of New Palestine; daughter, Deann (Greg) Baer of Columbus, Ind.; sister, Louise (Harvey) Zehr of Jasper, Ind.; five grandchildren, Cierra (Hunter) Tabony, Krin (Rachel) Baer, Kaelie (Dúron) Sylvester, Kara (Matt) Kidwell and Eric Hemmerlein; and four great-grandchildren, Carter and Arden Tabony and Parker and Brecken Kidwell.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015, at the mortuary. Mr. Krin Baer will be officiating. Burial will follow at New Palestine Cemetery in New Palestine.

Memorial contributions may be sent directly to American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604 or National VFW Association or envelopes will be available at the mortuary.

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