Emil was born June 1, 1938 to Everett and Margaret Land Page. He attended Carlisle High School where he lettered four years in basketball under coach Jerry Kunkle. He was also very active in FFA and received the 1956 FAA Star Farmer Award and traveled to Denver, Colorado to be honored with the FFA American Farmer Degree.
He graduated from Purdue University’s Agriculture Course and then returned to Carlisle to farm. Emil received the 1980 Conservation Farmer of the year, the 1984 Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year and the Jaycees Outstanding Farmer Award.
He served on the Sullivan County ASCS Committee and the WIN Energy REMC Board of Directors for over 25 years. He also served on the Board of Directors of Hoosier Energy for many years. Emil was a member and deacon of Sullivan First Christian Church. He was also a 50-year member of Odd Fellows Lodge and the Scottish Rite, and was a 32 Degree Mason.
In his younger years he was an avid tractor-puller, had a fast 61 Chevy that won races at the Terre Haute Drag Strip, coached girls’ softball with his wife, and played on a basketball league until his late 50s.
He never met a stranger and enjoyed being with his family and friends, golfing, going to the Apple Club, playing cards, and giving away corn, tomatoes and carmels. He loved farming with Janet, Cullen, and his crew and living in Sullivan County. Four days prior to his passing he hit a hole-in-one; most definitely with a little help from God.
If friends should so desire, contributions may be sent in Emil’s memory to the Emil and Janet Page Family Endowment Fund, c/o Wabash Valley Community Foundation, 200 South 8th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807 or by clicking below.