Weser, Emil J., Jr. 87, left this world December 3, 2011 for a special tee time with the Lord. His eight year battle with cancer would have ended sooner if not for the love of his wife of 63 years, Lois. Her ongoing battle with Alzheimer's provided Emil the determination to fight through his own suffering in order to ease hers. Theirs was truly a love that will last "Forever and Ever"! Lois will continue to be supported by their (5) children Dave, Sue, Jim, Paul, and John, along with (12) grandchildren and (6) great grandchildren. Emil was born August 21, 1924, in Karlsruhe, Germany. His family fled Nazi persecution arriving in the Chicago area at an early age. While excelling in numerous sports at Lane Tech HS, Emil's true passion was the game of golf. From a 10-year-old caddy to the tallest PGA pro at 6'-9" to ever play the tour, his love of the game never diminished. He competed against and learned from the likes of Ben Hogan and Sam Snead, providing him with a knowledge of the game that enabled Emil to become one of the most respected teachers in the Chicago, and later Phoenix areas for over 60 years. His book, "The Common Sense Golf Swing", exemplifies what Emil always felt his greatest contribution to golf was; to help others learn, improve, and enjoy the game as he did! His Indian Valley Golf Course and Weser's Pro Shop locations, provided the focal points for those who loved the game. Over the years Emil appeared on many TV and radio programs and in countless newspaper articles. His clients included many high profile businessmen and athletes. But true to his motto of "Never be too big to be small!", Emil never forgot the "Little Guy". Whether taking on and winning against the PGA for true open qualifying for everyone, or donating golf equipment to our troops for all of their sacrifices, he never forgot his own humble beginnings. Anyone who knew Emil came away understanding the true meaning of integrity, hard work, discipline, and most of all common sense, in achieving one's goals in life. Though we are deeply saddened by his passing, we should all be thankful for the ultimate example his life gave us in preparing for our final tee time. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to The Alzheimer's Foundation or Disabled Veterans.
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 21, 2011