Dr. Jackson K. Erffmeyer, Galesburg Chapel

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.

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9 Guestbook Entries to “Dr. Jackson K. Erffmeyer, Galesburg Chapel”

  1. My Mother Barbara Gibbs worked with Dr. Erffmeyer at the Medical Arts Clinic for many years. I am a nurse as well and also worked with him. He is a wonderful Doctor and I remember our last visit in 2008 when he came to Mom’s visitation. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

  2. Dr. Erffmeyer delivered all five of our children, four in the early 60s and one born in the early 70s. He was a calm, reassuring presence in our medical emergencies as well as in our routine care. He even made a housecall to our upstairs apartment once in 1961 regarding our infant. A tree had fallen in the street and he had to park almost a block away to get to the house we lived in. I’ll remember him always. Peace, Dr. Erffmeyer.

  3. Our prayers for the Erffmeyer family. May your fond memories help you through these difficult days,

  4. Dr. Erffmeyer, was a fantastic Doctor as well a wonderful Christian man. I was one of his first patients. He delivered my first son, every time I would see him he would ask about my son, always interested in others remain, he even made aa few house calls, during my first pregnancy . I so missed him when he retired, he never forgot me. Gods Blessing to his family

  5. Our thoughts and prayers to the family of Dr. Erffmeyer. I was home bound as a child with Rheumatic fever and Dr. Erffmeyer came to see me at home many times. He was a great Dr. and family friend. He also delivered all three of my children. When his sons were young my sister (Jeanne) use to babysit with then. I ‘m a nurse and also worked with him over the years. His kindness and gentle ways will always be remembered. God’s grace and peace to all his family.

  6. Such a nice man. Remember going to him as a kid !

  7. Dr. Erffmeyer was a terrific Dr. He was one of the Drs that saved my life after I was ran over by a car in 1962. I remained going to him for years after that. He delivered my first daughter in 1974. I am eternally grateful for him and his services. My sympathy goes out to his family. He will be forever in my heart.

  8. Dr. Erffmeyer was our family dr. from 1969 until he retired. He delivered 4 of our 7 children and saw our family through all the usual family “emergencies”. I always have had the most respect for him. He was a wonderful man. I always felt confident that everything was going to be ok when we arrived in either the ER or his office. I am also a nurse and worked with him at Cottage Hospital over the years. He will be dearly missed. Thank you, Dr. Erffmeyer for all you ever did for the Phillip Richardson family.

  9. Uplifting each of you in prayer as you grieve the loss of your father and grandfather. Dr. Erffmeyer delivered our four children and cared for our family until his retirement. He even offered to make a house call to check on our 16 month old daughter. He was a doctor to my parents as well. They enjoyed crossing paths with him and getting to visit after his retirement. Dr. Erffmeyer had a heart and compassion for what he did. Our family appreciates all that he did for us.

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