Eldon August Uecker

Eldon August Uecker, age 77 of Howard Lake, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Care Center.

Eldon was born July 29, 1923, in Middleville Township, Wright County, Minn., the son of Hubert and Elisa (Brandt) Uecker. He was baptized into the Christian faith Sept. 2, 1923, by the Rev. Alfred Streufert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville; and confirmed in his faith at the same church April 18, 1937, by the Rev. William Kanning.

Eldon was united in marriage to Lillian Mielke June 8, 1945, at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, by the Rev. Theo. Melinat. This union was blessed with the birth of nine children.

Eldon and Lillian made their home in Howard Lake, where Eldon worked as a truck driver. He hauled milk on a route for Pure Milk Products Co., Winsted, and attached a snow plow to his truck in the winter so he could clear the roads.

In 1956, he began a Mobil Oil Station doing fuel deliveries. After a corn picking accident, Eldon sold the oil business and drove fuel bulk truck for Midland Coop and Mobil Oil. He also drove school bus and worked as a janitor for St. James Lutheran church and school.

In 1982, Lillian passed away.

As a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Eldon sang in the church choir, was a member of Lutheran Laymen's League, an officer of the local Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL), a delegate to Mayer Lutheran High School, and served on the finance and Christian education boards.

On Aug. 27, 1988, Eldon married Elvera (Tormanen) Johnson at St. James Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Art Bode performing the ceremony. They were blessed with almost 10 years together before Elvera's passing in 1998.

At the time of his death, Eldon had reached the age of 77 years, four months, and six days.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Elisa Uecker; his wives, Lillian and Elvera; a brother, Marvin Uecker; 20 brothers-in-law; and 14 sisters-in-law.

He is survived by his children: Jerry (Brenda) Uecker of Duluth, Janice (Tom) Graeff of Minneapolis, Allan (Kathy) Uecker of Winsted, LuAnn (Jerry) Moy of Lester Prairie, Bruce Uecker (fiancee Kathy Rathmanner) of Montrose, Arvid Uecker of Howard Lake, Barry (Peggy) Uecker of Mayer, David (Julie) Uecker of Glencoe, and Susan (Craig) Leaf of Brooklyn Park; and two stepchildren, Nancy (Dennis) Gilbertson of Minnetonka, and Francis (John) Godwin of Houston, Texas.

He is further survived by two brothers, Vernon Uecker of Annandale, and Harold (Lorraine) Uecker of Buffalo; two sisters, Gladys (Theodore) Goerke of Brooklyn Park, and Marion (Jacob) Oswald of LaMesa, Calif.; five sisters-in-law, Doris Alford of Buffalo, Erna Wolfsteller and Leona Mielke, both of Howard Lake; Irma Uecker of Annandale, Ruth Mielke of Montgomery, and Selma Kotila of Cokato; and one brother-in-law, Mark Zander of Maple Lake.

Eldon is also survived by 20 grandchildren: Jeremy and Jessica Uecker, Mark and Melissa Graeff, Alyssa and Michael Uecker, Scott and Roger Moy, Joseph Uecker, Jason (Anne), Heather, and Amber Uecker; KariAnn, Jamie, and Gylian Uecker; Christopher, Nicholas, and Travis Uecker; and Zachary and Justin Leaf; one great-granddaughter, Courtney Uecker; six stepgrandchildren: Elise (Eric) Raarup, John Gilbertson (fiancee Laura Mandeville), Anne (Kevin) Bell, Aaron Godwin, Jerry Robinson, and Jeffrey Henning; nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 9, at St. James Lutheran Church with the Revs. Martin Schoenfeld and Michael Nirva officiating. Soloist was Jane Mol, with Nancy Butterfass serving as organist. Interment was at the St. James Cemetery on Dutch Lake.

Casket bearers were Michael Uecker, Jason Uecker, Nicholas Uecker, Lesley Uecker, Thomas Mielke, John Gilbertson, Scott Moy, Roger Moy, and Christopher Uecker; with special recognition of Eldon's godchildren: Judy Rasmussen, Betty Lou Bastin, MaryAnn Geisinger, Karen Dallman, Lesley Uecker, and Thomas Mielke.

The Swanson Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake handled the arrangements.

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