Hobart C. Emrick

Hobart Charles Emrick, 90, of Marion, IN and a former teacher in LaFontaine, IN, died Jan. 4, 2009, at 7:09 p.m. at Colonial Oaks Health Care Center in Marion.

Mr. Emrick began his teaching career in 1940 in LaFontaine, where he was a band and vocal instructor. He also taught in South Whitley, Somerset and Marion and served as a school administrator at Somerset, Southwood, and White's Institute. He served as the principal at Southwood from 1964 to 1979. He and his family owned Emrick's Music Store, Wabash, from 1952 to 1963.

He was a former member of the Wabash First United Methodist Church and a current member of the Marion First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Wabash Evening Exchange Club and the LaFontaine Lions Club. He played in a German band known as Chuck's Krauts and sang in and directed several barbershop groups.

He was a 1936 graduate of Hastings (MI) High School, received a bachelor of arts degree from Manchester College in 1940 and earned a master's degree in administration from Indiana University in 1952.

He was born Dec. 14, 1918, in Middleton, MI, to Hobart Edward and Ruby Alverta Chambers Emrick. He married Florence Sharp May 10, 1941; she preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 1998. He married Mary Smith Walton on Oct. 24, 1999; she survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Daniel Emrick, of Marion, and Michael (Joyce) Emrick, of St. Clair, MI; two stepdaughters, Barbara (Blake) Beldon, of Washington, UT, and Susan Seacot, of Marion; two stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Jan. 8, 2009, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash, with Rev. Kaye Patton officiating. Burial was at Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Huntington County.

Preferred memorials are gifts to the Wabash First Untied Methodist Church Building Fund, 110 N. Cass St., Wabash, IN 46992; or to the Marion First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 624 S. Adams St., Marion, IN 46953.