Emmett A. Pins

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Emmett A. Pins, 67, of Luxemburg died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at home surrounded by his family.

Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 14, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville and one hour before services.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 15, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg, conducted by Rev. Richard Gaul.

Burial was in the church cemetery with military honors accorded by Scherrman-Peterson American Legion Post 656 and Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736.

Emmett was born Dec. 5, 1948, in Dubuque, the son of Arnold and Eleanor (Pottebaum) Pins. He married Luann Tigges Oct. 16, 1971, in Sherrill. Together they raised five beautiful children.

Emmett was a decorated veteran. He was a member of the U.S. Army from 1969-1970 serving two tours in Vietnam. Emmett initially fought on the front lines with the First Infantry Division and later transferred after being hospitalized to the 23rd Americal Division as an Assistant Ammo Chief. He was a member of the Scherrman-Peterson American Legion Post 636 and life member of New Vienna Edward W. Lake VFW Post 7736.

Emmett enjoyed baseball in his younger years, playing for the Holy Cross team. He also coached baseball teams, served as councilman for six years and later as Mayor for 14 years. He also served on parish councils. Emmett enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards, but especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his five children, Troy (Heather) Pins of Cedar Rapids, Stacey (Joe) White of Dyersville, Gina Pins of Cedar Rapids, Jared (Amanda) Pins of Hiawatha and Mindy (Aaron) Burds of Peosta; 11 grandchildren, Lydia, Carter and Mason White, Shane Pins, Avery, Adalyn and Juliana Pins, Drew, Ella, Kate and Cambrie Burds; three siblings, Norma (Marv) Deutmeyer of Dyersville, Bill (Grace) Pins of Cape Coral, Fla., and Alice (Robert) Roling of Holy Cross; the mother of his children, Luann Pins, and his brother-in-law, Terry Tigges.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his parents-in-law, Joe and Catherine Tigges.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.

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