Dr. Jackson Kramer Erffmeyer, 92, of Galesburg, Illinois died at 10:40 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Gateway Vista in Lincoln, Nebraska, surrounded by family.
“Jack” was born October 22, 1924 in Aurora, Illinois to Clarence E. and Emma Elizabeth, “Beth” Kramer Erffmeyer. He married Elizabeth “Libby” Andrews in Washington Court House, Ohio. She preceded him in death on February 21, 2007.
He is survived by his two sons, Dr. John E. Erffmeyer of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Robert Erffmeyer, PhD (Gretchen Hutterli) of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; his daughter Mary Elizabeth “Mary Beth” (William) Shomos of Lincoln, Nebraska; his sister, Marjorie Riker of Mesa, Arizona and three granddaughters; Elena Elizabeth Shomos (Zach Smith), Madeline Alexandria Shomos (Clinton Bartek) and Johanna Elizabeth Erffmeyer.
Dr. Erffmeyer graduated from Naperville Central High School in 1942. He received his B.A. in 1946 from North Central College in Naperville and his M.D. in 1949 from Northwestern Medical School. He completed his internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Jack served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1945 during WWII and was assigned to the U.S. Army from 1950-1952 during the Korean War where he served as a Battalion Medical Officer in the 24th Infantry Division.
Dr. Erffmeyer was a family doctor in private practice in Galesburg from 1952 until his retirement on December 31,1992. He was on staff at both Galesburg Cottage Hospital and OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center and served as Chief of Medical Staff at both hospitals. He became a Trustee of Galesburg Cottage Hospital where he was elected a Life Trustee. He also served as Knox County Coroner from 1958-1964. Jack was a member of the American Medical Association, the Illinois State Medical Society and its 50 Year Club as well as a member and Past President of the Knox County Medical Society. Jack was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #258 and the VFW Post #2257.
Jack always enjoyed the opportunity to go fishing, especially when the fish were biting.
Graveside Service and Burial will be held at the Naperville Cemetery in Naperville, Illinois on Friday, February 17 at 12:00 noon with the Rev. Grace Imathiu of Community United Methodist Church, Naperville, officiating. A Visitation and Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 18 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel with Visitation from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and Memorial Service to follow at 4:00 p.m., officiated by Pastor Mary Runge of Galesburg First United Methodist Church.
The family wishes to thank the community of Galesburg and all those who made it possible for Jack to remain a part of the place he considered to be “home.”
In lieu of flowers, the family requests Memorials be made to Galesburg First United Methodist Church or the Galesburg Community Foundation. Hinchliff-Pearson-West, Galesburg Chapel, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.h-p-w.com.