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Eldon R. Hirsch, 82

Eldon Roy Hirsch, age 82, of Howard Lake, died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born June 1, 1926, in rural Howard Lake, the son of G. Carl (Charlie) and Elsie (Neumann) Hirsch. 

A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, he was baptized July 4, 1926, by Pastor C.G. Seltz, and confirmed in his faith March 29, 1942, by Pastor E.N. Seltz. 

Eldon was married to Della Yager April 22, 1953, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Delano by Pastor M.J. Lenz.  They were blessed with four children, and made their home and living on a farm north of Howard Lake. 

Eldon spent his whole life working on the farm and enjoying the country life in his retirement.  When he was younger, he enjoyed square dancing and more recently, looked forward to traveling. 

As a member of St. James Lutheran Church, he served as an usher, on the counting committees, and was always willing to help others. 

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Elsie Hirsch; a son, James Hirsch; a sister, Dorothy Hirsch; and a granddaughter, Nicole Hirsch.

Eldon is survived by his wife, Della Hirsch; daughter Kathleen; daughter-in-law Julie; son Lyle (Mary); and daughter Cindy (Ronnie); 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of family and friends.

 The funeral service was Thursday, March 5 at 10 a.m. at the St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with the Revs. Martin Schoenfeld and Michael Nirva officiating.  Special music was provided by soloist Jeff Hirsch.  Nancy Butterfass served as organist. Interment followed at the Howard Lake City Cemetery.       

Visitation was Wednesday, March 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, and continued Thursday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Serving as pallbearers were Harvey Mauk, Robert Berg, Glenn Yager, John Hirsch, Alden Hirsch, and Clinton Hayner.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.