Warren C. Emrick

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Warren Charles Emrick passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017, with a song in his heart at Mother Teresa House, in Lansing, MI.  Born the fourth child of five children, on March 4, 1936, in his family’s greenhouse in Gladwin, MI, to Harvey and Ethel Emrick. He is survived by his wife, Sue Ellen (Stockwell) Emrick, his sons, Thomas Randall Emrick (Brenda), Mason, MI, Gerald Harvey Emrick, (Katherine), NV, Charles Aaron Emrick (Gina), Ontario, CA, stepson James Brooks Crane (Kim), Grand Ledge, MI, Elaine Emrick Lambert, his youngest sister, Yuma, AZ, his grandchildren include Kerry Houghton, Mason, MI, Thomas Emrick, Jr., (Ashley), Niceville, FL, Ryan White (Stesha), West Simsbury, CT, Taylor and Ashley Emrick, NV, Rylee Emrick, Ontario, CA, Hunter B. Crane and Taylor Crane, Grand Ledge, MI. Also his great-grandchildren Kayla Hodges, Chaase Salazar, Bennett White, and Zoey and Bodhi Emrick, Niceville, FL.

Warren was a voice teacher at Mason High School for 12 years, and East Lansing MacDonald Middle School and Whitehills and two other Elementary Schools in East Lansing for 11 years. His students idolized him. His second career was with Wonch Battery Co. in Lansing, MI, for 10 years. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1958. While attending college, he starred in “Michigan Dream.” He sang with several choral groups, including Steiner Chorale, Men’s Orpheus, and Gracewood Singers, as well as soloed at weddings and funerals. He directed at the Mason Methodist and Presbyterian churches. In 1979, he married Sue and was a great father to Jim. He will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Mayflower Congregational Church, 2901 W. Mt. Hope Avenue, Lansing, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his church. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Joyce Buchanan
June 28, 2017 at 10:13 pm

Mr. “E” was my favorite teacher. He encouraged my love for music in all of the school chorus I participated in from 6th grade on, as well as in Mason’s First Presbyterian Church, where I sang in the choir. He was greatly loved by his students and will be missed. I send you my deepest sympathy.

Jean Karslake
June 28, 2017 at 11:47 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Marjean Waltz DeVine - MHS Class of 1964
July 2, 2017 at 11:21 pm

I have fond memories of singing under Mr. Emrick’s direction in both junior and senior high, Mason Public Schools. I learned much which I am still putting into practice today, e.g., consonant endings of words, breathing with the punctuation, volume/tone… And every Christmas I still sing the refrain, Gloria in excelsis Deo as he taught: Gloria in “eggshell-sis” Deo. A few years ago, he made himself known to me when he and his wife were dining at a local restaurant where i happened to stop on my way home from work. I just hope I told him then how much those years under his leadership meant to me…and still do.

Paulette Johnston
July 9, 2017 at 4:11 am

I remember Warren from Steiner Choral a number of years ago. He was an excellent musician and a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed. I send his family my deepest sympathy.

Dave Fink
July 9, 2017 at 10:36 am

I want to express my sincere sympathy and let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Warren was my 7th grade basketball coach and music teacher. He was a wonderful man!

Jon Vincent
July 9, 2017 at 6:52 pm

Great story from him about a college orchestra performance in which there was a piccolo solo and no piccolo player. He whistled the part.Loved him as a teacher and as a man.

Jolinda Smith Fulton
July 10, 2017 at 7:03 pm

Mr. Emrick gave me courage to sing publicly. With his training, I spent many years in church choirs and as a church cantor. He was a young teacher when I knew him and I’m glad I had the experience of having him as a music coach. I’m sure he’s singing with the celestial choir now.

Tom Phelps
July 12, 2017 at 12:12 am

A Man I respected, even as a young man myself. Kind ,understanding , I hope he knew what positive influence he had on us. Tom Phelps..Mason class of 1970

Marilyn Davis Shearer
December 18, 2017 at 10:59 pm

I played in the Gladwin high school band with him. We didn’t have a piccolo, either, and he whistled the part for Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Whenever I hear that march, I remember Warren Emrick.


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