March 16, 1921-March 1, 2014
Elmer Henry “Hank” Joerger Jr., 92, died in West Sacramento on March 1, 2014.
Hank was born in Clarksville on March 16, 1921. His family moved to Woodland in 1929. He graduated valedictorian of his class from Woodland High School in 1939. He graduated from the UC Berkeley in 1943 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
Hank fought in World War II in 1944-1945. He was in Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division. His regiment was instrumental in holding the north flank at the Battle of the Bulge. He was highly decorated for his heroism and leadership. In October 1945, Lt. Joerger took over command of Baker Company. Hank served as captain of the guard at the Nuremberg Trials and captain at Ford Ord during the Korean War.
In 1951, Hank returned to Woodland to work with his father, Elmer Henry Joerger Sr. and brothers Ted, Donald and Norman to run the family business, Winwood Dairy, subsequently renamed Joerger Brothers Crystal Dairy. In 1960, he was Chairman of the Yolo County March of Dimes drive. In Woodland, he was a member of the Lions, Elks, Carlton Club and Yolo Fliers Club.
In 1976, after the dairy and farm were sold, Hank moved to El Dorado Hills, then Placerville in El Dorado County. He became a real estate broker. Hank truly loved the beauty of El Dorado County. In 2001, he moved to Davis to be closer to his children and grandchildren. In 2004, he became very involved in the 911 Truth Movement of which he provided his time and financial support.
Hank loved his country, family and friends. He made people’s lives better. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Beloved Hank is survived by his nine children, Loree Bianchi (Cameron Park), Van Joerger (Auburn), Tom Joerger (Woodland), Karen Martin (Dixon), Cyndi Murphy (Roseville), Richard Stroman (Florida), Kim Stroman (Sacramento), Amy Jager (Sacramento) and Charli Joerger (Davis), 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Theo Joerger, brothers Ted, Donald and Norman, sister Phyllis Caroddo, and first wife Shirley Eileen Joerger.
A private memorial is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity.