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Elmer H. 'Al' Sass Jr.


February 1, 2019

MILWAUKEE - Elmer H. "Al" Sass Jr., 84, was born to eternal life Sunday, Jan 27, 2019, with his family by his side at Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical center in Milwaukee.

Elmer was born April 5, 1934, to Elmer H. Sass and Florence Rein in East Detroit, Mich. Both preceded him in death. He is survived by one sister, Sandra Starr.

While attending East Detroit High School, Al met and later married Nancy Darlene Jones in 1955. She survives.

Al is also survived by five children, David (Vicky) Sass, Nancy (James) Koole, Gary (Diane) Sass, Julie Sass and Dorothy (Gregory) Saari. He also had eight-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he and Nancy settled down in Detroit and began his 16-year career with IBM. In 1976, Al and his family moved to Ironwood, Mich., where he owned and operated Sass Tire and Auto until his retirement in 2001. Al was an avid fisherman, golfer, reader and gardener.

Al's legacy and memory will live on through his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


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