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Horace Nason Emmons

Born: Tue., Jul. 22, 1919
Died: Sat., Dec. 19, 2015


11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Wed., Dec. 23, 2015
Location: Houghton Wesleyan Church

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Wed., Dec. 23, 2015
Location: Houghton Wesleyan Church

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Houghton --- Horace Nason Emmons of 7753 Tucker Hill Road went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 19, 2015 in his home. He was born on July 22, 1919 in Lyman, Maine, the youngest son of the late Alfred and Carrie Nason Emmons. He married Mertice Wentworth who predeceased him on August 24, 1972. He then married Diane Lytle, on December 26, 1973, who survives.


After his father died Horace's mother supported the family members by selling timber, raising Boston Terrier puppies, selling eggs, and taking in boarders. Horace attended a one-room schoolhouse until age 11 when he enrolled at Waterboro town school from which he graduated in 1937.


Horace met Mertice when she came from Rangely, Maine to teach Bible class in the area. After they were married Horace was drafted into the US Army and served in the Pacific during World War II. While Horace was overseas Mertice worked as a welder in a California shipyard. Following the war they settled back on the family farm in Maine. In October of 1947 a huge forest fire destroyed much of southern Maine and left a gaping hole where the Emmons’ farmhouse stood. While rebuilding their lives, Horace and Mertice drove school bus and managed the school lunch program to supplement Horace’s work as a night watchman and custom tractor driver. In 1960 they left Maine and moved their four children to Beverly, Massachusetts where Horace worked in food services at Gordon College.


The family once again moved in 1963 to Houghton where they managed East Hall Kitchen and Dining Hall at Houghton College. Each summer after the college closed, the Emmons family returned to New England to cook at various children’s camps. On August 24, 1972 as the family left the camp and traveled through an intersection in Hollis, Maine, their car was hit broadside by a driver who failed to stop at a stop sign. Mertice died at the scene of the accident. Forced to continue on without Mertice, Horace returned a week later to work at Houghton College where another major change awaited; the Campus Center opened that fall, permanently merging the kitchens of East Hall and Gayodeo.


He continued working in food service for Houghton College, Saga, and Pioneer Foods until his retirement in 1987. Together Horace and Diane built a home on Tucker Hill Road and enjoyed 30 trips back to Maine and all around the U.S.


Horace served as a member of the Houghton Fire Department, Fillmore American Legion, Post 1155, and the Houghton Wesleyan Church. He especially enjoyed training Boston Terriers, playing cribbage, and operating his John Deere tractor. Horace will be remembered for his unwavering faith in God’s provision for each new day along with his distinctive “Maine” humor and desire to help others experience the joy of living.


Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Robert (Harriet) Emmons of Cuba, Virginia (Leonard) Cross of Bennington, VT, Alfred (LeeAnn) Emmons of Russell, KS, Beth Emmons of Hibbing, MN, seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many special friends.


Family and friends may gather from 11:00 to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church where a medley of hymns will begin at 12:30 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.


Memorials if desired to: Houghton Wesleyan Church or Houghton College.

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Edward H. Ross
   Posted Mon December 21, 2015
To the family of Horace.
I am sorry of hearing of Horace's passing, he was a great neighbor and friend of
our family. He Haul my sister many miles on the school bus He also help my father on
the farm with his tractor, the first in the neighborhood,which he bought when he came home from the service. Our thoughts and prays are with you all while we know he is resting with our Great Creator.

Ted Norton
   Posted Mon December 21, 2015
Dear Diane,
So sorry to hear of Horace's passing. I hope he didn't suffer long as we've sort of lost touch with you and are unfamiliar with what has been happening in your life. Also pray that the Lord will comfort you during this difficult time.
In Christ,
Ted & Nan Norton

Jim and Sharon Mitchell and Family
   Posted Mon December 21, 2015
Dear Dianne and Family, Sorry to hear of my dear friend Horace passing. I must tell U I woke up this morning with Horrace heavy on my mind. Some strong feelings of him passing. Early this evening those feeling were confirmed. Haorace and I were in the American Legion for many years. Him being the Commander to begin with and then when I became the Commander Horrace was my Chaplain. During those 5 years we did 23 funerals. Some in the funeral homes, some in the cemetery, and a few in private homes. I must say we were a great team and did our best each and every time to do our best to send those veterans off. Horace and I had a growing friendship through all of those years and even though we drifted apart some, Horace was always in my thoughts. We tried to do each other favors through the years. Horace was a great Legionair , veteran, and patriot , among other great things. I feel so bad that we are no longer a team but his memory will live on in me for the rest of my life. Rest in peace my comrade. Diane, peace be with u and the rest of the family.

The Miot Family
   Posted Tue December 22, 2015
Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to you, Diane. Horace will be greatly missed, he touched the lives of so many with his kindness, his faith in God and his quiet strength. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Lynette & Thomas Robb
   Posted Tue December 22, 2015
To the Emmons family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Ellis & Ruth Brotzman
   Posted Wed December 23, 2015
Dear Diane and family,

We are so thankful for having gotten to know Horace through the seniors' exercise group. We are praying for you all, and we trust that God will provide much comfort and grace to all members of the family.

Warmly in God's grace,
Ellis & Ruth

Jerry and Joyce Westbrook
   Posted Sat December 26, 2015
Dear Diane,

"Father Emmons" was like a father to us. He was one of the most influential men in our lives. His quiet wisdom, compassion, and guidance helped us through our years at Houghton, and well beyond.
And isn't it just like our Lord to fulfill a need before the need arises. Just as the grass arrived before the grazing animals in Genesis, God sent you to the Emmons family as a nanny to Beth. Only God knew that you would be filling the void when He took Mertice home.
We love you and continue to pray and support your tender outreach to others as God leads you.
J&J Westbrook

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