Milton was born on June 21, 1928, to Earl and Mildred (Fegley) Emry in Allen, Nebraska. He met Janis Lund while attending Allen High School and they were married on May 3, 1947 at First Lutheran Church.
He worked for a farmer in LaMars, Iowa and started farming on his own in 1948. Milton farmed another nine years, working for a short time with Burlington Railroad. In 1960, Milton and Janis moved their family to Fremont, where he would work for Fremont Farmers' Union Co-op in the John Deere store. He then advanced to the FFU main office as the office manager where he worked until retiring in 1993.
Milton was a long-time member of Salem Lutheran Church, where he served on many church committees and enjoyed singing in the choir. He also loved being a part of the Fremont Pathfinders Barbershop Chorus and the Golden K's Kiwanis Club.
He is survived by his six children: David (Gay) of Omaha; Ken (Shelley) of Monument, CO; Randy of Lincoln; Karla (Mark) Backhuus of Bennington: Mark of Austin, Texas; and Leisa (Mitch) Larson of Lincoln; eleven grandchildren: Darci (Michael) Davis, Jason (Juli) Emry, Shannon Emry, Kayci (Megan McNeal) Emry, Guy ( Katharina) Emry, Tim (Joni) Emry, Joel Schuett, Emma (Jorge) Hinojosa, Sam (Sydney) Larson, Grace Larson, and Nora (Jared) Wentzlaff, and twelve great-grandchildren. He will also be missed by two brothers-in-law: Duane (Barb) Lund of Allen, Douglas Lund of Lincoln, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Milton was preceded in death by his wife Janis, daughter-in-law, Mary Beth Emry, two sisters, Twila Ogle and Arlene Fox, and a brother, Wendell Emry.
Visitation with the family will be held at Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont on Tuesday, March 21 from 5:00-7:00 PM. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 22 at 10:30 AM at Salem Lutheran Church in Fremont.
Memorials are suggested to the Batten Disease Support and Research Association (https://bdsrafoundation.org/).
Online guestbook at www.Ludvigsenmortuary.com
Pam RayPasadena, CA Friday, March 24, 2023 I am so glad that I was able to get to know Janis and Milton after I retired. I am so glad to be able to listen to the service. My husband and I really enjoyed visiting Milton and catching up with some of my younger cousins. I was surprised when I saw the post that he was close to the end of his years. I had talked to him several months ago and felt like he sounded like he had the last time I saw him in person. I know he will be missed, I will miss our occasional phone calls. My husband and I want to offer our condolences to all of the family.
Ritch & Jeanine (Emry) WhiteAlberta, Wednesday, March 22, 2023 Thinking of you all and remembering family times with your parents and mine. J
Marilyn StokkeLINCOLN, NE Wednesday, March 22, 2023 So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Eileen & Bob ThornburgFremont, NE Wednesday, March 22, 2023 Karla & family,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. What wonderful parents you were lucky to have. May you take time to share stories of memories that help you smile.
Thoughts & prayers,
Eileen & Bob Thornburg
Gregg A KupferOmaha, NE Monday, March 20, 2023 Remembering the Emry family from many years at Salem Lutheran. Respectfully-Gregg Kupfer
David and Carolyn SickSmithville, MO Saturday, March 18, 2023 Karla, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of you dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Cathy Spes WetherellGladwin, MI Saturday, March 18, 2023 So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers.