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Storer W. Emmett

Born: Fri., Sep. 9, 1932
Died: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sat., Sep. 02, 2017
Location: Kopler - Williams Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Sep. 03, 2017

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Houghton --- Medical missionary and world traveler, Dr. Storer William Emmett, embarked on his final journey Friday, August 25, 2017.  Storer, referring to himself as Tody Will, was born on September 9, 1932 in Crystal, Maine, a son of the late Stora and Elva Main Emmett. On September 1, 1956 in Old Town, Maine he married Wilma Monroe, who survives.


When he was still a young boy, the family moved to Old Town, Maine where Storer became very active in community and church life.  He joined his first church choir at age 13.


High school accomplishments included being a track star, playing on the football team (resulting in becoming a champion church supper eater for necessary weight gain), participating as a valued member of the debate club, playing cello in the orchestra, and earning the top academic honor of his high school class. His greatest high school accomplishment, however, was courting his childhood sweetheart and bride to be, Wilma Monroe. 


Storer was saved at a young age and felt God’s call to medical missions as a teen.  With this focus in mind, he worked toward attending a good medical school and was accepted to Johns Hopkins in 1954 following his bachelor degree work at the University of Maine. 


After completing advanced training in medicine and surgery, Storer and Wilma, along with their daughter, Bethany, left on their first missionary voyage to work at a mission hospital in Southern Rhodesia during the fall of 1960.  Dr. Emmett also served as a medical officer for the government of Southern Rhodesia.  Soon after arriving in Rhodesia, Storer was ordained by the Reformed Baptist Alliance of Canada to enhance his opportunities to administer to not only physical needs but also spiritual needs.


The next missionary voyage took Storer, Wilma, and their four children to Haiti in August 1968.  He worked as a doctor and frequently performed emergency surgeries at the Wesleyan hospitals throughout Haiti. His other ministries included traveling and preaching the gospel to churches all over the country. 


Dr. Emmett journeyed next to Houghton, NY where he spent 13 years as a family practitioner with the Northern Allegany Medical Group.  During this time he also served as the physician for Houghton College.  Always having a heart for missions, Storer, soon after arriving, established the Houghton Medical and Dental team returning to serve the people of rural Haiti on short term mission trips. 


In 1988, Storer and Wilma, traveled to Sierra Leone on their third missionary journey.  Dr. Emmett worked at the Kamakwie Hospital and ministered to the physical and spiritual needs of the people there for three years. 


Storer’s final missionary journey as a full time worker for Wesleyan World Missions was to Zambia near Victoria Falls coming almost full circle to where he began his medical mission work.


During retirement, Dr. and Mrs. Emmett spent several months at a time serving in Haiti, Zambia, or Sierra Leone as needed.  Storer also became the director of the Wesleyan Medical Fellowship to encourage and increase awareness of medical missions.  His quarterly newsletters were always highly anticipated and enjoyed.  In appreciation of his 16 years as director, the Wesleyan Church presented Dr. and Mrs. Emmett with a trip to Myanmar where he was able to visit and participate in yet another medical clinic for which he was instrumental in founding. 


One of Dr. Emmett’s great loves was gardening.  He had a garden and planted a tree everywhere he lived.  Storer loved the beauty (despite his color blindness) and creative expression afforded by the hobby.  This past summer saw hours of enjoyment of his flower garden at his new and final home in Cooperstown, NY. 


Surviving in addition to his wife are their children, Bethany (Bob) Harter,  Esther (Will) Slauson, Bill (Sandy) Emmett and Faith (John) Fisk; his grandchildren, Brittany Harter (Ben) Keith, William Slauson, Wesley Slauson, Kendra (Andrew) Emmett-Goldwasser, Rebekah (Philip Tumbaga) Harter, Kira Emmett (Tyler) Logan, Kasey Emmett, Christianna Fisk and Alexi Fisk;  great grandchildren Caleb Keith and Seth Keith;  nieces Cathy Emmett (Joe) Stewart, Stephanie Emmett (Johann) Paschalis, and nephew Joshua (Angie) Emmett and cousins.


Family and friends may gather from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at the Kopler- Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore. A funeral service will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church. Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant cemetery, Houghton.


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Gwen Bell
   Posted Mon August 28, 2017
For Brittany and her family, please know we are remembering you all as you celebrate the life of your wonderful grandfather. What an accomplished life serving the Lord around the world. What a great heritage you all have, and those sweet new boys Caleb and Seth. Love you all.

Daniel Irvine, Global Partners Caribe Atlantic Area Director
   Posted Tue August 29, 2017
Dear Wilma and Family,
Please accept our condolences. Be assured that our prayers will be with you during this time of loss. The entire Caribe Atlantic Area Missionary team remembers Dr. Emmett as friend and fellow soldier. His impact at the Wesleyan Hospital in Haiti is eternal in its scope, patients who received his care, missionaries and national staff influenced by excellent, compassionate service. I am sorry that I will be unable to represent the team at the memorial service as I will be in Ghana at the time. We rejoice in our eternal Hope. Blessings, Dan

Dan and Joan Jones
   Posted Fri September 01, 2017
Dear Wilma and Family,
We would like to express our condolences to you and the family. As difficult as this time is we are comforted by the certainty that he is enjoying himself with his family in heaven. Our thoughts of Dr. Emmett are of good memories of how he has inspired us to do what we do. He has been a mentor to us as we continue his work at Zimba Mission Hospital. It has been our joy and blessing to have known him.

In Christ,
Dan and Joan Jones
Zimba Mission Hospital

Dan and Donna Quinn
   Posted Fri September 01, 2017
It's easy to see how you developed such a strong desire to serve the Lord. Your Dad set a fine example, and truly walked the walk. Our prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time, and for safe travels for you and Bob when you return home.
With our Love and Aloha,
Dan and Donna Quinn

Luann Wilday
   Posted Sun September 03, 2017
Dear Beth and Bob and family, thinking of you and asking God to comfort you at this time. Very thankful for all that your family has done on the mission field and off of the mission field! In my mind there is no question that God is thanking Dr. Emmett for being a good and faithful servant! With sympathy Luann Wilday

Phyllis Steeves- widow of Rev Stewart Steeves
   Posted Mon September 04, 2017
Dear Wilma and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Wilma. We all loved you and your husband. I am praying that you feel the arms of God surrounding you. You will have adjustments in your life but The Lord will be near. God Bless each of you. Love and prayers, Phyllis Steeves

Rev. Perry & Jean(Graham)Ingersoll
   Posted Mon September 04, 2017
Please know that are thoughts and prayers are with you at this tome. Dr. Emmett left an impression on our lives - to us a humble, totally dedicated, passionate servant for His Lord.We believe it was while we were in Crystal,Me. that he visited our church representing his mission work. We thank God for his beautiful life served for the Master. --Perry & Jean Ingersoll - Browns Flat, N.B.

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