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Elmer Carl Kiekhaefer
Birth: Jun. 4, 1906, USA
Death: Oct. 5, 1983, USA

Elmer Carl Kiekhaefer was the founder of Mercury Marine. He took over the fledgeling Thor outboard company, redesigned them to be dependable, and his Mercury Outboard empire grew for there. His factory began in an old Cederburg Wisconsin farmhouse Later moving to more automated factory in Fond du Lac. He later developed the mercruiser outdrive which is the most widely used outdrive today. His company created the first six cylinder outboard, first 100 horsepower outboard, power trim, electronic ignition, and one piece lower units. He made advances in offshore powerboat racing and endurance records for his outboard engines that still stand today.His legacy continues on as Mercury Marine is the number one manufacturer of outboard engines and stern drives. 
 
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  Helen Jean Kiekhaefer Wimberly (1933 - 2012)*
 
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Burial:
Saint Charles Cemetery
Fond du Lac
Fond du Lac County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: Overlooks Fond du Lac factory
 
Created by: Skip
Record added: Jun 10, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7562530
Elmer Carl Kiekhaefer
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Honored to research and restore the EC Kiekhaefer '57 Chrysler 300C Road America competition coupe. EC was a heckuva sportsman and businessman. Thanks.
- Wayne Graefen
 Added: Oct. 22, 2011
Dear Carl, So sad we never met. Although, my great grandfather, Walt would mention you often. My dad was so proud to have found a kiekhaefer boat motor...haven't seen another one since I was a young girl. You have shown us how one person can make a diffe...(Read more)
- tina michalski
 Added: Jun. 14, 2011
Your equipment made my life good on the Wabash river. R.I.P.
- Charlie Schrader
 Added: Jul. 7, 2010
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