Elmer Possail


Elmer Possail

Elmer Possail age 81 of Tyler, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017 at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 4, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church in Marshall. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Tyler Area Funeral Home with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at church on Monday.  Burial will be in the Arco Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent via www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Elmer Harold Possail was born March 18, 1936 to Albert and Florence (Larson) Possail in Lake Stay Township, Lincoln County, Minnesota.  He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Island Lake.  Elmer graduated June 4, 1954 from Ivanhoe, Minnesota and then joined the US Army where he served as a medic in Germany.  He flew home to marry his wife Ila Knutson on January 3, 1956 at Diamond Lake Church near Lake Benton.  He was discharged in October of 1956 and came home to farm.  Farming and cattle were his dream.  Elmer served on the Farm Credit Service Board, Soil and Water Conservation Board and Lyon-Lincoln Electric Board.  He was a member of the SW Cattlemen’s Association, Tyler Legion and served as treasurer of his church.  Elmer and Ila enjoyed traveling to the 50 states together as well as Canada, Mexico, British Columbia and Germany.  Elmer also enjoyed playing fast pitch softball around the Tyler area.  His greatest joy was his family – he was so proud of his children and their families.  Elmer enjoyed every chance he got together with them.

Elmer is survived by his wife Ila of Tyler; children: Deanna (Clair) Drake of Tyler, Roxane (Andy) Weber of Elkton, SD, Doug (Janel) Possail of Tyler, and Duane (Jeanna) Possail of Tyler; 12 grandchildren: Darice (Jason), Chad (Renae), Daynica (Patrick), Cade (Amanda), Lindsey (Adam), Sidney (Jared), Lance (Kaitlyn), Justine, Bailey, Taylor (Nicole), Jade (Brett), and Shayna; 14 great-grandchildren: Ramsey, Jerad, Kennedy, Reese, Kellen, Kai, Jens, Juhl, Svea, Colt, Mavryck, Rhett, Jace and Callen.  He is also survived by his siblings: Margaret (Bob) Kolb, Clarence (Glenyce) Possail, Clara Hastings; brothers-in-law Marvin Allen and William (Deb) Kaczrowski.  He is preceded in death by his parents, son Kendall, sisters: Sylvia Allen and Laura Kaczrowski, brother-in-law Ivan Hastings, sister-in-law Lucinda Possail and parents-in-law Fred & Christine Knutson.


  1. Deb & Darryl Munsinger says

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. His pain and suffering is over, but he will be sadly missed.

  2. Elaine Dressen says

    .So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

  3. Wendy Vierstraete says

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will sure miss that smile of his. Sorry for your loss.

  4. Bev and Randy Hummel says

    To all of Elmer’s family,

    So sorry to hear this news. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Danielle (Johnson) Lyngen says

    Very sorry for your loss, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Kathy Wilmes says

    Thinking about your family. Hoping that memories of time spent together will bring you comfort in the days ahead.

  7. Roy and Marlene Yonker says

    Ila and family,
    Was always fun getting together at Fred and Christine’s, Elmer was always a fun guy and he will be missed.
    Our Sympathy,
    Roy and Marlene

  8. robert oden olson says

    Sorry for your loss,Elmer was a great friend, He will be missed.

  9. Vern Schewe says

    Sorry to hear that Elmer passed away, he was a good man. RIP Elmer

  10. Hank and Ruth Torres says

    So sorry Ila. He will be missed. I have many good memories of our friendship over all these year. Love to you and the family

  11. Ron and Rhonda Wiering says

    So sorry to hear of Elmer’s death. Be assured of our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Janis Johnson says

    Ila and family, My Deepest Sympathy, Memories willsustain you,keep them close to you heart. Janis Johnson

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