Eldon Robert Danielson, age 89, of Dassel, formerly of Cokato, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
He was born May 29, 1923, in Collinwood Township, Meeker County, the son of Axel and Anna (Nordstrom) Danielson. Eldon grew up on the family farm, attended the Collins District School, and graduated from the Dassel High School in 1940.
Eldon was a lifetime member of the Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, where he was baptized and confirmed.
He was united in marriage to Lois Mae Nelson Oct. 12, 1946, at the Litchfield Lutheran Church. The couple celebrated 66 years of marriage.
Eldon and Lois Mae farmed southeast of Dassel from 1946 until 1960, when they moved to Stockholm Township, where they farmed until 1977.
In 1977, Eldon and Lois Mae became park managers of the Wright County Collinwood Park until 1987, when they moved to Cokato. They then moved to the Lakeside Apartments in 2010, where they have resided since.
Eldon had served on numerous boards over the years, including the Stockholm Lutheran Church Board, the Stockholm Township Board, Stockholm School Board, and Stockholm Creamery Board; and was an active leader in the Stockholm Lutheran Church Hi-League.
A soft-spoken man, Eldon enjoyed his family. He could often be found attending his children’s, grandchildren’s, and great-grandchildren’s activities. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and card playing.
As a farmer to the heart; farming was both Eldon’s profession and hobby. He would often drive along the countryside to see the crops’ progress, from spring planting to fall harvest.
Eldon was a caring husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and he will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Mae of Dassel; children, Sherman (Yvonne) Danielson of Stillwater, Cheryl (Philip) Ragis of Eagan, Duane Danielson, and Brian (Jody) Danielson, all of Cokato; 12 grandchildren, Daren Danielson, Chelon Danielson, Nathan Danielson, Aaron Danielson, Lindsay Ragis, Torrey Keith, Travis Keith, Dallas Danielson, Cassie Akerson, Melia Danielson, Ashley Toms, and Keaton Danielson; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Arlette Johnson of Dassel; and other relatives.
Eldon was preceded in death by his parents; and three siblings, Adelaide Almgren, Donald Danielson, and Wayne Danielson.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Stockholm Lutheran Church in rural Cokato with the Rev. Mark Little officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery.
Visitation was Friday, Dec. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.