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Valhalla-Gaerdner-Holten Funeral Home and Valhalla Gardens

3412 Frank Scott Pkwy West, Belleville, IL

OBITUARY

Elmer Robert Humphries

July 1, 1921May 16, 2020
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Elmer R. Humphries, 98, of Belleville, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Memorial Hospital.

Elmer was born on July 1, 1921 in Mascoutah, IL to the late Edward H. and Mary (Linkey) Humphries.

He married his best friend, Luella Meta on May 4, 1947. To that union three children were born. They shared a beautiful life and marriage until her death.

Elmer was a proud World War II Veteran who had many loves in his life. He loved to dance, play cards, listen to music, fish and hunt. He also had his own band for 33 years, which was titled the Elmer Humphries Orchestra.

He was very involved in his community and was a member of several organizations. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ (Belleville). He was also a member of the Mascoutah Moose Lodge, Belleville American Legion, Belleville Musicians Union and the Senior Citizens Club of Belleville. Left behind to cherish his memories are his children. Son, Dennis Elmer Humphries; daughters, Linda Humphries and Carol (Kelvin) Drummond; and grandchildren, Crystal and Amy Drummond. Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two brothers and his wife.

Memorials in Elmer’s honor may be made to the American Heart Association, 10060 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX, 77504 or to St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St, Belleville, IL, 62220.

Services for Elmer will be held privately.

Services

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Crystal Drummond

May 20, 2020

Grandpa,
I don’t think I’ll ever play the guitar as good as you, but I’ll love trying to do so. I’ll enjoy taking lessons and cherish your gift forever. I’m glad you were able to hear me play your guitar. Keep directing your orchestra in heaven.

Amy Drummond

May 20, 2020

He LOVED his granddaughters!

Amy Drummond

May 20, 2020

Amy Drummond

May 20, 2020

We were thankful to celebrate his 98th birthday with him last year!!!

Amy Drummond

May 20, 2020

The best gift our Grandpa ever gave us granddaughters were his guitars!!! Over the past few years, we've learned how to play the guitar! And Grandpa took such joy in listening to the recordings!

Crystal Drummond

May 20, 2020

Grandpa loved all dogs and enjoyed going to the Belleville Dog Shows!

Amy Drummond

May 20, 2020

Grandpa loved spending time with "his dogs". And he LOVED Max because he would sit right in his lap!

Crystal Drummond

May 20, 2020

Amy Drummond

May 20, 2020

A rose between two thorns!!!

Crystal Drummond

May 20, 2020

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