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Fron Lutheran Church
Thursday April 24th, 2014

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Eldon Eidahl

Eldon Eidahl, 82 of Watertown and formerly of Roslyn died on Friday, April 18, 2014 at his home in Watertown. His funeral will be at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Fron Lutheran Church near Roslyn, Janet Johnson will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday 5-7 P.M. and prior to services at the church.

Eldon was born May 22, 1931 to John and Agnes (Gilbertson) Eidahl, Roslyn, SD. He was baptized, confirmed and married at Fron Lutheran Church rural Roslyn near the family farm. He attended rural school #202 in Independence Township and later received his GED after serving in the Army. Eldon entered the U.S. Army in November 1951 and served in Hanau, Germany during the Korean War. After fulfilling his service he was discharged in 1953 and returned to the family farm.

Eldon married Carolyn Strand at Fron in June 1959 and the two moved onto the family homestead where they lived for over 35 years. Eldon was very proud to be recognized as the operator of a 100 Year Century Farm at the South Dakota State Fair in 1989. He and family were the fourth Eidahl generation to live and operate the farm.

Eldon served for 40 years as the Roslyn American Legion Squad Commander; served on the Roslyn Creamery Board, the Roslyn School Board and was a member of Fron Lutheran Church. Eldon greatly enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Always having time to visit over a cup of coffee. He enjoyed traveling, especially enjoying a trip to Alaska and visiting the National Parks with his older grandchildren. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage and was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of visiting Norway in 2006. Eldon retired from farming and moved to Aberdeen in October 1994 where he and Carolyn lived until moving to Watertown in August 2011.

Survivors include his wife Carolyn, Watertown; children, Bruce (Mei) Farmington, MN; Doug (Lupe) Mitchell, SD; Carla (Dallas) Edina, MN; Roland (Megan) St. Paul, MN; a sister, Shirley (Tubby) Schmidt of Roslyn, SD; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Karen, brother Verlyn and sisters Maurine and Jane.

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Dear Eidahl family, It is so sad to read that Mr. Eidahl has passed away. May your memories of him as well as a hope of being reunited one day - John 5:28,29 - bring you the peace and comfort you need at this time.

Victoria Cilwik Apr 23 2014 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about Eldon's passing. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Rena Johnson Apr 23 2014 12:00 AM

I think it is so appropriate that today is the season of new beginnings. Rejoice in this as you say your goodbyes to this dear, sweet, good man. He was loved by so many, many family and friends and touched all of us. Love you Uncle Eldie!

Linda Apr 20 2014 12:00 AM

Our hearts go out to you in the loss of Eldon. He was truly a gentleman in all that he did and in the life he led. It is really a wonderful season to reflect upon all that God has given us. Prayers and hugs to Carolyn and her family. Terry & Patty Wagner

Patty Wagner Apr 20 2014 12:00 AM

Dad was an awesome influence to Mom, me and our whole family. He was always such a joy to be around, fun loving, jokester, faith, great values, hard working and an all around great human being. We miss him greatly these few days he has been gone, but glad he got his wish to go peacefully in his home surrounded by family and friends. The stars shine brighter in heaven tonight with him up there with his family that has gone before. Thanks to all those that have shared their stories and their prayers and best wishes to our family it is greatly appreciated :) God Bless you all this Easter Season of new beginnings. It really is a celebration of a great life that had such a great loving impact on many.

Doug Eidahl Apr 19 2014 12:00 AM

Thank you for you're incredible care, heart, patience, and work... You have created the most lovable sweet family. Thank you for bringing me into your amazing heartfelt world. Love You Eldon

Meghan Apr 19 2014 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Eldon Eidahl

Meghan Apr 19 2014 12:00 AM

Altho I haven't seen Eldon in years I remember his great sense of humor!! I know he will be greatly missed.. Nancy Halterman

Nancy Halterman Apr 19 2014 12:00 AM

Our Uncle Eldon was the most wonderful man that one could ever meet. A gentle man of the true meaning. I have so many wonderful memories as a child being out at the farm with Eldon and Carolyn and their children. -They always welcomed us with open arms and let us stay at the farm during summer vacation. From a child's eyes to see actually experience picking eggs in the chicken coop, bottle feeding a calf, holding little kittens, riding horses, petting the calves, the list goes on and on.........I am so blessed to be a part of the Eidahl Family - God called another one his servants to be up in heaven and what a welcoming Eldon is having. With all my love..........Lori Ann Brendmoen Thorberg

Lori Thorberg Apr 18 2014 12:00 AM

My prayers are with you all. I love your whole family and have such fond memories on the farm and in Rosylyn and Aberdeen with you. I am sure he is he having a hay-day with his family in heaven laughing up a storm, while he misses his family here. He always had a smile on his face and was such a great man. Big hugs to the Eidahl family, I love you and Uncle Eldie. Lychelle Jomsky and family

Lychelle Jomsky Apr 18 2014 12:00 AM

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