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Eldor Arland Westman

Birth
Marshall County, Minnesota, USA
Death 15 Jan 2017 (aged 85)
Marshall County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Newfolden, Marshall County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 175486508 · View Source
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Eldor Westman, Strandquist, MN, age 85, died Sunday, January 15, 2017 at his residence at Strandquist, MN.
 
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Bethseda Lutheran Church, Strandquist, MN with Reverend Bert Foster officiating.  Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Newfolden, MN.   A time of food and fellowship will follow the burial at Westaker Lutheran Church in Newfolden, MN. 
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Friday, January 20, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN and one hour prior to the funeral at Bethesda Lutheran Church.
 
Eldor Arland Westman was born February 9, 1931 at Newfolden, MN, the son of Elvin and Julia (Haugen) Westman.  He was confirmed at Westaker Lutheran Church, Newfolden.  He attended Northwood Country School through the 8th grade.  With his completion of the 8th grade, Eldor had to help on the farm.
 
Eldor served his country in the United States Army from 1952 until 1954 when he was honorably discharged.  While stationed in New Hampshire, he drove truck and tested water equipment.
 
On January 8, 1954, Eldor was united in marriage to Irene Elizabeth Bilodeau in New Hampshire.  Irene was Eldor’s sweetheart while he was serving in the Army.  They made their home in Newfolden, MN and were the proud parents of eleven children.  Eldor helped deliver four of the children at home.
 
He was a truck driver for Northern Pride Turkey plant, sheared sheep, did veterinary work for his neighbors, farmed and was a laborer.  He was a “jack of all trades”.  He enjoyed raising animals, doing veterinary work for neighbors, being outdoors, coffee time (24 hours a day-7 days a week), but most of all, loved spending time with family and friends.  He was nominated by one of his neighbors for an Outstanding Neighbor Award.  In his younger years, Eldor played the accordion and loved dancing with Irene.  They enjoyed all the many house parties spent with neighbors and friends.
 
Eldor greeted his grandkids with a whisker rub and taught all of the grandkids his technique of how to drink coffee the right way!
 
With the help of all of his family, Eldor was able to live his remaining days at his farm.
 
He is survived by 11 children: James (Wanda) Westman, Dianne (special friend John Ystenes), Debra (Maynard) Lillico, Darrell Westman, Ronald (Angela) Westman, Tammy (John) Houske, Brian (Rhonda) Westman, Judy (Dale) Webster, Clayton Westman and Stacy (Randy) Vasek; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; brothers: Glen (Karen) Westman and Dale (Verna) Westman; sister, JuliaAnn (Garner) Erickson; and many other family and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene in 1998, daughter, Marla Westman in 2016; parents; sisters, Arlene (James Frisk) Johnson in 2013, and Gloria (Raymond) Rybakowski in 2016; sister-in-law, Pete Westman; and nephew, Myles in 1969 during the Vietnam conflict.
 
The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Clark and Hospice Of The Red River Valley for their excellent care.

Johnson Funeral Home, Thief River Falls, MN



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  • Created by: Kathy
  • Added: 18 Jan 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 175486508
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eldor Arland Westman (9 Feb 1931–15 Jan 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175486508, citing Oak Grove Cemetery, Newfolden, Marshall County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Kathy (contributor 47870209) .