Elmer Sheridan Garlets
Elmer Sheridan Garlets was born in Arkansas City, Kan., in November 1932, to the late Virgil and Clara Garlets. Elmer, 85, passed away in Alameda on May 27, 2018.
He leaves behind his son, Ronald and sister, Lois Tokar. He was preceeded in death by his daughter, Beverly and beloved wife, Nancy.
Shortly after the United States entered World War II, the family started to migrate west; harvesting crops and finding work on farms when and where ever possible. Their intended goal was to reach Oregon, instead the family ended up in Northern California’s Sonoma-Napa region.
In 1950 Elmer joined the U.S. Army where he trained as a combat engineer at Fort Belvoir, Va., with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Elmer served in Korea and was discharged in 1953. He eventually went to work for the federal government, as Department of Defense Police, Army mail messenger and forklift operator prior to his retirement.
Even after he retired from federal service, he continued to serve the community as a crossing guard for at many of Alameda’s schools, most notably Lum Elementary School on Otis Drive.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of the lives of Elmer and Nancy on Saturday, June 23, at noon followed by a potluck luncheon at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 1910 Santa Clara Ave., at Chestnut Street.