Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
January 8, 2013 11:23 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Emerson Howard Foreman Sr., 95, of Mount Vernon, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 6, 2013, at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.

He was born July 31, 1917, in Mount Victory, son of the late Francis and Leah Foreman and was raised in the children’s home in Marysville.

Emerson is survived by daughters, Carol Junkin of Westerville and Tresa Winter of Mount Vernon; son, Emerson Foreman Jr. of Howard; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Emerson was preceded in death by his wife, Hattie Virginia (Smith) Foreman; daughter, Barbara Jean Piatt; and grandson, Eric Piatt.

He was drafted into the Army and served in Cavite, Batangas Province and the Philippines. After being discharged from the service, he opened a body shop in Homer where he lived for several years. In 1961, he bought a house and garage on Mount Vernon Avenue in Mount Vernon, where he ran Foreman’s Body Shop until his retirement. He loved his hobbies of building race cars, inventing magic tricks, putting on magic shows and playing golf. He was the founder of the Mount Vernon Drag Strip, Pacemakers and was involved in its operation and served as its president for many years.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon. Military honors will be held at the funeral home following the funeral service. A private burial service will be held in St. John’s Cemetery near Mount Vernon.

Private expressions of sympathy may be sent to family at

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Emerson Howard Foreman Sr.

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