Elmer Feinauer

August 23, 1921May 25, 2014

Loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather was called to be with the Lord on May 25, 2014. Elmer was born August 23, 1921 in Bay County, Michigan to the late Henry and Margareth Feinauer. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church of DeWitt, Michigan. Elmer was also a former member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Amelith, Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Saginaw, and Ascension Lutheran Church of East Lansing. He was preceded in death by his wife Harriet (Gaiser) Feinauer of 59 years; infant son, Neil Allen Feinauer; daughter, Ashley Fay Feinauer-Eakin; brothers Melvin, Erwin, Harold and Hilmar Feinauer; sisters, Aurelia Feinauer, Ruth Beiser, and Esther Wiesenauer. Surviving to cherish his memory are his sons, Dr. Ken (Moira) Feinauer, and Mark (Amy) Feinauer; son-in-law Michael Eakin; grandchildren, Joslin (Michael) Monahan J.D., Dr. Erik (Jacqueline) Feinauer, Dr. Jon (Laura) Feinauer, Dr. Kylie (Anders) Lindquist, Dr. Aaron and Dr. Sara Feinauer; Stephanie Eakin, Kimberly (Eric) Grall and Patrick Eakin; great-grandchildren, Elin Lindquist, Anthony Monahan, Genevieve Feinauer, Henry Lindquist, Audrey Monahan, Eliot Feinauer, Kassidy Wooten and Bradley Pyykkonen. Also surviving are sister, Mildred Ferrio; sisters-in-law, Mildred (Millie) Gaiser, Wilma (Tudy) Wieck; brother-in-law, Armond Kipfmiller. Elmer was a member of the U.S. Army during WWII, serving in the 96th Infantry Division during the Southern Philippines and the Okinawa Campaigns where he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals. Elmer was a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, and the National Association of Letter Carriers. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Hope Lutheran Church, 1180 West Herbison Rd. DeWitt, Michigan with the Rev. E. Anthony Sikora officiating. Visitation will be Friday, May 30, 2014 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Washington in DeWitt from 4:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. Military honors will take place at the graveside service on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 3:30 pm at Floral Gardens Cemetery, Bay City, Michigan. Those desiring may make contributions to Hope Lutheran Church, DeWitt or to Michigan Disabled Veterans. Special thanks to Timber Ridge Senior Assisted Living, East Lansing and Great Lakes Hospice for their kind and compassionate care. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Dewitt. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Friday, May 30, 2014
  • Visitaiton Saturday, May 31, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 31, 2014

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May 30, 2014

We had the pleasure of knowing Elmer and Harriet as across-the-street neighbors on Sherwood Street in Saginaw. We were sad when they moved away, but enjoyed our friendship while they were here. Elmer was a very special person and we extend our sympathy to all of his family.
George and Barb Miessner

May 30, 2014

Ken and family,
We send our sympathy and prayers for the loss of your father.
Sincerely, Jim and Terry Barnhart

Larry Schroeppel

May 30, 2014

Elmer was the last of my great cousins my Grandma was emma feinauer from Bay City and St Johns church so sorry for your loss

May 30, 2014

To the family of Mr. Feinauer- I never met him or any of you. His military service in the 96th infantry caught my attention. My husband's dad was a paratrooper who fought in the mountains of Leyte in 1944 - 1945. The 96th infantry also invaded Leyte and together those brave men saved each other. Your dad was a true hero.

Ruth Grimaldi

May 29, 2014

To the family of Mr. Feinauer...I don't think any of you remember me but many years ago I was a student at Bethlehem Lutheran School in Saginaw. I knew your family and was sorry to learn of your father's death. I was also sorry to see that my classmate, Ashley, had died.

Please accept my sympathy at this time and know that you and your family are very much in my thoughts.

Shirley Nowakowski

May 29, 2014

Mark and Ken - I was very fortunate to have your father as a friend. He was unique among men in that he freely shared his thoughts and feelings. I remember him telling me how hurt he was that his father had not asked to see him arm after he returned from the war, and how proud he was that, with his 8th grade education, he had children and grandchildren who went so much further. And so much more. Thank you both for allowing me to be part of his final journey. It was so good that so many of you were there to be with him and hold his hand as he passed. I send you my condolences for your loss.

May 29, 2014

Dear Mark,
John and I send our condolences for the loss of your father. We hope you find comfort in remembering his life.
Marty Couretas