Service Time:  10:30 A.M.
Day and Date:  Saturday, November 8, 2008
Location:  St. John Lutheran Church of Russell
Visitation and Guest Book Registration:  9A.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, November 7, 2008 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell.
Burial:  St. John Lutheran Cemetery of Russell, Kansas
Memorials:  St. John Lutheran Church of Russell

Elmer David Mai, 84 of Russell died Wednesday evening, November 5, 2008 at the Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell.  Elmer was born January 24, 1924 on the family farm southwest of Russell.  He grew up in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in 1942. 

Elmer served his country in the United States Navy during WWII.  He was deployed on a LST 667 in the South Pacific.  After the war he returned to Russell. 

He was united in marriage to Lorraine Bender on February 16, 1947 in St. Johns Lutheran Church in Russell.  This union was blessed with two sons, Stephen and Gordon. 

Elmer was a farmer and stockman most of his life.  He also worked during the late 60ís and early 70ís as a welder for Charlie Bishop and during the 70ís he worked for Shannon Appliance Store.  He also completed an electronics course through the mail and then repaired radios and televisions. 

Elmer is a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church of Russell and was active in the church choir for over 30 years.  He was a life member Hospice Dinnerand past commander of the Russell American Legion Post #99, a life member of the Russell V.F.W. Post #6240, the Russell County Saddle Club and was a project leader in 4-H.  Elmer was an inventive guy who could fix anything.  He enjoyed working with wood and playing with his remote controlled airplanes. 

His surviving family include his wife of 61 years, Lorraine of the home; son Gordon Mai of Wilson, Kansas; sister, Rozille Martin of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and three nieces.  He was preceded in death by his parents, son Stephen, brother Bernard Mai and one niece and nephew.

Celebration of Elmerís Life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, November 8, 2008 at St. Johns Lutheran Church of Russell with interment following at St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery. Military Rites will be conducted by the Russell V.F.W. Post #6240 Honor Guard.  Visitation will be from 9 AM to 8 PM Friday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary with the family present to greet friends from 6 PM to 7 PM.  A memorial has been established with St. Johns Lutheran Church.  Contributions and condolences may be sent in care of Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary who are in charge of these arrangements.  Condolences may also be sent via email at www.pvpmortuary.com.


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