Nicholas John Nemmers

Updated: 31 October 2009

Nicholas John Nemmers (04 October 1893 - Sept 1984) married Rose K. Beringer (b. about 1897 - 14 Feb 2002).

Nick pitched for the Iowa Hawkeyes during college and graduated from their pharmacy school in 1916. He ran the drug store in LaMotte, IA and was also the postmaster. They had six children:
* Joan Rose married Adrian Joseph (A.J.) Gerken. A.J. Gerken dies.
Adrian J. "A.J." Gerken, 78, of Naperville, Ill., and formerly of Dubuque, Ia., died Thursday, May 15, 2003, at home. Visitation was from 4 to 9 p.m., Monday, May 19, at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, Naperville. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, at SS Peter and Paul Church in Naperville, with Father Robert Noesen presiding. The first and second readings of the Mass were read by A.J.'s grandchildren Michelle Gerken and Katlyn Gerken. Gift bearers were A.J.'s grandchildren Julie Gerken, Carolyn Gerken, and Sarah Gerken. Songs included "Be Not Afraid," "I Am the Bread of Life," "Ave Maria," and "How Great Thou Art." Pallbearers were George Bogas, Ron Brigel, Tim Drendel, Dale Launspach, and A.J.'s nephews Norm Larson and Tom Larson. Interment followed in the church cemetery, with two guards from the Marine Corps presenting the U.S. flag, which had draped the casket from the church to the cemetery, to A.J.'s widow Joan, after the playing of "Taps."

A.J. Gerken was survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan (Nemmers) Gerken of Naperville; three sons, Kurt (wife Kay) Gerken of Batavia, Ill., Nick (wife Jolene) Gerken of Sarasota, Fla., and John (wife Jean) Gerken of Naperville; five granddaughters, Michelle, Julie, Katlyn, Sarah and Carolyn; three brothers, William (wife Donna) Gerken of Farley, Iowa, Daniel (wife Joyce) Gerken of Waterloo, Iowa, and Ewald Gerken of Cascade, Iowa; two sisters, Dolores Gerken of Farley, Iowa, and Mary Temple of Tulsa, Okla.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ewald and Anna (Schumacher) Gerken; and five siblings, Donald Gerken, Loras Gerken, Louise Coakley, Teresa McCoy and Joan Larson.