ElRoy H. “Weed” Vidlund, age 87, of Watertown, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at the Elim Home in Watertown.
He was born June 14, 1926, in Watertown, to Gunner and Evelyn (Skarlund) Vidlund.
ElRoy graduated from Watertown High School, and enlisted in the Navy during World War II.
He was united in marriage to Dorothy McDonald June 27, 1953.
ElRoy was employed by Mid America Dairyman for over 30 years, and Quinns Transfer for over 30 years.
He was an avid baseball player, umpire, and Minnesota Twins Fan. ElRoy enjoyed hunting deer and grouse, as well as going fishing.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; son-in-law Bill Johnson; sister and brother-in-law Lois and Merle Mattson; brother Merle; and brothers-in-law Ewan McDonald, Ed Joe McDonald, K.J. McDonald, and Flip McDonald.
ElRoy is survived by his daughters and son-in-laws, Kathleen and Darrell Carlson, Mary and Steve Volz, and Jane and Wade Juntunen; grandchildren Rachel Erickson, Sarah and Derek Coles, Matthew and Ashley Kroneberger, Jerad and Katrina Carlson, Kyle Carlson, Katie and Matthew Hodgden, Kelli Johnson and fiancé Tom Gehrke, and Emily Johnson; and great-grandchildren Kylee Erickson, Eliana Erickson, and Andrew Coles.
He is further survived by his sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Roger Tatting; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Abbie McDonald, Barb McDonald, Margaret and Earl Borer, Rita McDonald, Kate McDonald, Brigid McDonald, Jane McDonald, and Marge Vidlund; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, March 1 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Military honors were provided by the Watertown American Legion Eugene Earley Post 121.
Visitation was Friday, Feb. 28 at the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m., and continued Saturday at the church from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to Mass.
Arrangements were handled by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.