Emil L. Misar, 85, of Brookings, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, June 23, 2022, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 5 to 7p.m. Wednesday, at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church with a Liturgical Wake Service beginning at 6 p.m. Rude’s Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Emil Lambert Misar (Junior) was born on April 7, 1937, in Tyndall, SD. The first-born child of Emil Sr. and Hattie (Schneider) Misar, he grew up on a farm near Tyndall. He was baptized and confirmed at a Catholic Church in Bon Homme County, SD. Emil attended country and public schools near Tyndall, Hurley, and Turkey Ridge. He finished his GED in the Army.
In November of 1959, Emil was drafted during the Vietnam War into the Army at the age of 22. He was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. Emil spent time training in the Philippines jungle. He was a crew member on cargo missions to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Emil came home in 1962 from the Army and spent the next eight years in the Army Reserve. He went to Guard camp for two weeks each summer in Wisconsin and the Black Hills.
He farmed at home and was set up on a blind date where he met the love of his life, Wanda Misar. On April 24, 1965, he was united in marriage to Wanda at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Huron. They started their life together at the farm they rented near Woonsocket, SD. After having three children; Darrell, Patty, Vickie, they bought a farm near the Big Sioux River between Volga and Brookings, SD on Feb. 28, 1970. It was here that they built their dairy farm and their life, adding 3 more daughters; Lori, Becky and Pamela, to their family.
Emil was blessed to travel with his wife and family to Portugal, Mexico, Puerto Rico, various Army bases throughout the United States (to visit his daughter and son-in-law) and he especially loved going on family trips to Kauai, Hawaii.
Emil also loved any activity spent outdoors and with the family. Driving around to check the crops was a frequent activity of his in the summer. Emil enjoyed having coffee and catching up with friends and family. Emil shared his love of gardening with his grandchildren as they would attempt to grow the largest pumpkin in the county each year. And we can’t forget his love of polka, traveling to Polka Fests and taking in any opportunity to see Molly B with family.
Those left to continue Emil’s legacy include daughters, Patricia (Mike) Thompson, Vickie (Greg) Thompson, Lori (Rick) Behr, Becky (Spencer) Degen, Pamela (Lance) Intermill; grandchildren, Melissa (Tanner) Flitter, Ashley Thompson, Travis Thompson, Taylor Hauge, Cole (Sarah) Hauge, Elizabeth Thompson, Samuel Thompson, Jameson Degen, and Abygale Degen; a great grandchild, Colt Thompson; siblings, Francis (Lillian) Misar, Joann Pommerer, Marion Goetsch, Diane (Robert) Swaney, Milo (Cathy) Harstad, Darlene (Jerome) Radtke and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.
Emil was preceded in death by his wife Wanda Misar; his son, Darrell Misar; his parents, Emil Sr. and Hattie Misar; siblings and in-laws Shirley and Roy Nelson; Angie and Harold Nelson; and Lawrence Misar; Don Pommerer; his in-laws, Nels and Mildred Harstad; Ardene Harstad, Larry Harstad, Sandra Lorenzen and Wilbert Goetsch.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.