Emerson Leroy Focht

1938 - 2021

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Emerson Leroy Focht, age 82, of Findlay, OH passed away suddenly at Blanchard Valley Hospital January 5, 2021. Born in Farmersville, OH to Glenn and Florence (Hoops) Focht, Emerson enjoyed a carefree, small-town childhood with his younger brother, Donald, close friends and nearby cousins. After graduating from high school, Emerson enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served proudly from October 30, 1957 to September 29, 1959. In the summer of 1956, Emerson met the love of his life, Sharon (Menchhofer) at the municipal swimming pool in West Alexandria, OH. They married on November 14, 1959 at Salem Lutheran Church, with the Reverend Ivan Menchhofer officiating. By early 1961, they had purchased their first home in West Alexandria and started a family. Being a dependable father and good provider was of utmost importance to Emerson. Gregarious, kind and loving, he truly enjoyed family life. For the first several years of married life, Emerson supported his family by working as supervisor at NCR in Dayton, OH. However, in the late 1960’s, a member of Salem Lutheran, recognizing Emerson’s natural ability to connect with people, approached him with an interesting proposition of selling insurance. Intrigued by the possibilities that being an independent agent offered, he jumped at the opportunity. Within a few short years, his territory had grown to include much of Northwest OH and, in 1972, the family moved to Findlay. Emerson thoroughly enjoyed following his children’s and grandchildren’s school and sporting events, and he considered an afternoon on the golf course with family and friends, time well spent. He treasured the many family camping trips and vacations, as well as the wonderful cruises and trips abroad that he and Sharon shared together. Emerson is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sharon Focht; children: Sharyl (Mark) Hankin, Portland, OR, Gregg (Rose) Focht, Monclova, OH and Doug (Tedda) Focht, Columbus, OH; 4 grandchildren: Jarrod Emerson, Kelsey (Kyle) Zaborowski, Brandon (Ashley) Focht, and Emma Focht; a great-grandson, Jayden, and great-granddaughter, Emerson. He is also survived by his brother Donald (Karen) Focht, Louisville, KY. A private graveside ceremony will be held at Fairview Cemetery in West Alexandria, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to: Redeemer Lutheran Church (1009 Blanchard Ave, Findlay, OH 45840), The Wounded Warrior Project (https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate). A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a future date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Coldren-Crates Funeral Home and online condolences can be shared by visiting coldrencrates.com.

Service Information

  • Final Resting Place:

    Fairview Cemetery-West Alexandria [Map]

    West Alexandria, Ohio

  • Contributions:

    The Wounded Warrior Project

    Redeemer Lutheran Church
    1009 Blanchard Avenue
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Sharon
Date :Thursday, January 14th 2021
From : Lori Hanson
Sharon, I am sorry to hear of Emerson's passing. My thoughts are with you. He was such a kind gentleman. May your many wonderful memories together help you thru this difficult time.

To : Sharon Focht
Date :Thursday, January 14th 2021
From : Curt Brubaker
Dear Sharon and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I was your paperboy in West Alex when I was 13 and always remember Emerson being so outgoing and friendly when I collected for the paper. It's amazing how some people you briefly meet in life can touch you in such a way that you never forget them. God be with you and your family.

To : Sharyl and family
Date :Thursday, January 14th 2021
From : Julie Dick Peterman
It saddened me to read this but I know you and your family will find the strength to honor and remember him to the fullest. What a special family ! My thoughts are with you all.
Hugs..your jr.high twin from across the river, Julie

To : Sharon
Date :Thursday, January 14th 2021
From : Phil Denise Burson
Oh Sharon, we were so sorry to hear of Emerson’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Phil & Denise Burson

To : Sharon
Date :Thursday, January 14th 2021
From : Phil Denise Burson
Oh Sharon, we were so sorry to hear of Emerson’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Phil & Denise Burson

To : Sharon
Date :Friday, January 15th 2021
From : Susan Foster
Oh my dear Mrs Focht. I do wish I could express how deep my sympathy goes. You and Mr. Focht always brought a big smile to me when you would come to CFA. I so enjoyed serving you both and all our conversations. I will miss his contagious smile and laughter. Prayers for you for peace and comfort during these difficult days. 🙏

To : Sharon
Date :Saturday, January 16th 2021
From : Stan and JAne Wise
We were so sad to hear of Emerson’s passing. He was such a friendly guy and was always willing to help others. We always appreciated the things he did for us. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

To : Sharon Family
Date :Thursday, January 21st 2021
From : Jim Ann Kroner
Sharon & family,
We're sending our warmest condolences to you and your family on Emerson's passing. May your memories of him sustain you through this difficult time.
Jim & Ann Kroner