Mr. Emerson was the retired lockmaster of U.S Corps of Engineers Dam 52 and 53 and was a United States Air Force veteran. He was a 50-year member of the Farmers Lodge 232 of the F&AM in Brookport.
Survivors include one daughter, Leigh Ann Kepner and husband Jim of Paducah; one granddaughter, Whitney Shankle of Paducah; one brother, Harley Emerson and wife Janet of Golconda; his stepfather, Ellis Reynolds of Brookport; and several nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Emerson and Helen Reynolds.
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Community Kitchen in Paducah. Cremation Society of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.