Elmer W. Pannier, 97 of Eau Claire passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at the Syverson Lutheran Nursing Home.
Elmer Waldemar Pannier was born to William and Clara (Eberhardt) Pannier on July 12, 1917 in Random Lake, WI. When he was five years of age, his parents moved to Clark County, WI. He attended school in Granton, graduating from Granton High School in 1935 and enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was united in marriage to Frances Lorraine Shaw on October 16, 1937 and to this union 2 children were born. In 1947, Elmer continued his education at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonais, IL. He became an ordained elder in 1951 in the Church of the Nazarene and served in Columbus, Racine First Church of the Nazarene, Beloit, Madison, Milwaukee, Janesville and Racine Taylor Avenue. After retiring, the couple moved to the Eau Claire and Menomonie area where Elmer spent five years as Visiting Pastor in the Chapel Heights United Methodist Church in Eau Claire. He served as Supply Pastor in Wisconsin and Minnesota as well as in other denominations. He also served 15 years as chaplain at Mt. Washington Retirement Home and also nursing home in the area. At the age of 86 he was accepted as jail chaplain in the Eau Claire County Jail.
Elmer is survived by his son, Russell (Ann) Pannier of Minneapolis, MN; daughter, Lois (David) Hoornstra of Madison; 4 grandchildren, Daniel (Megan) Pannier of Eagan, MN, Marie Feldmeier of Denver, Lynn Hoornstra of Warrens, Cheryl (Steven) Luscombe of Plymouth, England; 3 great grandchildren, Benjamin Pannier, Jessica and Alexander Luscombe; brother, Clarence (Marion) Pannier of Davenport, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Frances who passed away on Feb. 1, 2003 after 67 years of marriage; and siblings, Esther, Tabea “Toby”, Milton and Dolores.
Elmer leaves a testimony of gratitude to God for His gracious leading all through his life on this earth. His motto for living was “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (Eph.5:6 )
Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Chapel Heights United Methodist Church in Eau Claire. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the spring in the Fairchild Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the Compassionate Ministries of the Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City MO. (All monies given will be directed for the alleviation of suffering in all areas of the world, regardless of belief, with none used for distribution).