Elmer Sperry

Elmer Ambrose Sperry III

Saturday, August 22nd, 1925 - Thursday, August 1st, 2019
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Elmer A. Sperry III, 93, beloved husband for 65 years to Alice DeKlyn Sperry, passed away on August 1st at home with family by his side.

Elmer was born on August 22, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Elmer Jr. and Helen Duffy Sperry. At 17, Elmer joined the US Navy and served on a submarine in the Pacific theater until the end of the war. After the war, he completed high school and graduated from Columbia University. Elmer was both an electrical and chemical engineer. He designed electro-chemical water quality measurement devices for Beckman Instruments in Cedar Grove, NJ until retiring in 1985. He was the holder of 9 US patents and he designed instrumentation used on the Apollo 11 mission spacecraft, power plants and nuclear submarines. He was a private pilot for many years, an avid reader, a photographer, a poet, a fisherman, a furniture builder, home improver, plumber, electrician, a regular skier and golfer thru his mid-80’s, a man of high energy and constant activity. He could build or fix anything and was quite knowledgeable and opinionated on a multitude of subjects. He was rather risk-averse.

Elmer lived for many years in Pompton Plains, NJ where he and Alice raised their family. Thirty-one years ago he moved to Meredith. Extremely devoted to his 4 children and 7 grandchildren he enjoyed helping his family learn, succeed and grow.

In addition to his wife Alice he is survived by his four children and their spouses: Elmer IV and his wife Monica Edgerton-Sperry, Lucy and her husband Nabil N. El-Hage, Edward and his wife Kim Sperry, and Helen Sperry and her husband Maurizio Zineddu. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Nelson Elhage, Beatrice El-Hage, Justin Sperry, Taylor Sperry and his wife Kathleen Rosse Sperry, Clelia Zineddu and her husband Patrick Bergamo, Lidia Zineddu, and Stefano Zineddu. He will be greatly missed.

A private family gathering was held Saturday, August 3rd in remembrance and to celebrate his life.
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Jim Coughlin

Posted at 05:39pm
I had the pleasure of working with Elmer at Beckman Instruments. He was a fine gentleman, cantankerous but also generous with his time. When I expressed an interest in learning to fly he took me for a flight in his plane where he let me taxi down the runway and taught me how to use the navigation instruments. I still have his microscope which he left behind when he retired from Beckman and still use it occasionally.

Jim Coughlin


Posted at 12:03pm
At this sorrowful period in your life, please accept my sincerest condolences for the death of your loved one.  Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you hope and strength to keep going until all of God's promises are fulfilled. (Romans 15:13; John 5:28, 29)

Ekeanor Morrison Posted at 07:42am

Dear Alice and family. My prayers and condolences on the passing of Elmer. I have fond memories of our conversations on the phone when trying to reach you Alice. He had a great sense of humor and will be missed. Great memories. Love and Blessings Eleanor Morrison

Bernadette Loesch Posted at 09:25am

Dear Alice and family, I have so much respect and admiration for you and Elmer. I so looked forward to the days when both of you would come into the Meredith Library. Our conversations while brief were sprinkled with laughter. Peace be with you and your family, Bernadette Loesch

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