Eldon Herbert Pawelk, age 86, of rural Montrose, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at his residence.
Funeral services will take place Saturday, Aug. 17 at noon at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, with the Rev. LeRoy LaPlant officiating.
Interment with military rites will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Waverly.
There will be visitation Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services.
Casket bearers will be Eric Pawelk, Joel Pawelk, Kevin Racette, Brad Pawelk, Rich Pawelk, and Pat Pawelk.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.
Eldon was born Nov. 15, 1932, in Woodland Township, Wright County, the son of Fred and Elsie (Mielke) Pawelk.
He was baptized Nov. 20, 1932, by the Rev. Theodore Rolf at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany; and instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith April 14, 1946, by the Rev. John Meyer at St. Mark.
Eldon attended Watertown High School.
He honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956.
Eldon was joined in holy marriage with Barbara A. McCalpin March 2, 1957, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. God blessed their marriage with four children.
Eldon engaged in dairy and hog farming most of his life. He also worked at Hiawatha Rubber, and worked part-time as a custodian at Watertown-Mayer High School until his retirement.
He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, and fishing, and making firewood with his grandchildren. He loved animals.
Eldon was a faithful member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Barbara A. Pawelk; children: Cindy (Larry) Racette of Winsted, Greg (Susan) Pawelk of Montrose, Mike (Ranee) Pawelk of Glencoe, and Scott Pawelk of Montrose; eight grandchildren; eight great- grandchildren; a twin brother, Eldor (Joan) Pawelk of Maple Lake; a sister, Priscilla Sievert of Mankato; and many other relatives and friends.
Eldon was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Friedolla; brothers Willard, Glennard, DeLloyd, Orville and Kenneth Pawelk; grandson Keith Racette; and by a sister-in-law, Fran (Ray) Adickes.