June 25, 1925-May 11, 2009
Erling R. Eide, 83, of Frazee, died Monday, May 11, 2009 at the Frazee Care Center in Frazee.
Erling Raymond Eide was born to Jacob and Clara (Nelson) Eide on June 25, 1925 in Oslo, Minn. He grew up near Oslo, where he attended a rural country school. When Erling was 14 years old, he worked as a farmhand for his brother-in-law on the family farm. He saved up enough money to purchase his first car and at the age of 15, he traveled to San Francisco, Calif., to work on the loading docks near the Pacific Ocean. In 1944, he was drafted into the United States Army and served during World War II, where he was part of the European Tour of Operations (ETO) in Germany.
Following his honorable discharge in 1946, Erling moved to Leeds, N.D., and started his career as a heavy equipment operator for a construction company. In 1949 he met Beatrice Morkert, and they were married on Nov. 24, 1951. After marriage, Erling and Bea traveled to Oklahoma, Colo., before settling in Frazee in 1970. Erling continued his working career with construction companies out of Fargo, before retiring in 1988.
In his spare time, Erling loved to fish and was meticulous when it came to keeping his yard and gardens neat. He also enjoyed bird watching, small carpentry work and tinkering with small engines; his Allis- Chalmers was his pride and joy. Along with his wife Beatrice, Erling took great pride in his family and cherished the time spent with his grandchildren.
Erling will be remembered and missed by his wife of 57 years, Beatrice Eide of Frazee, along with his children, Cathie (Joseph) Huseby of Frazee, Curt (Bonnie) Eide of Fergus Falls, Mira Kent of Frazee and Cindy (David) Allen of Nowata, Okla.; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; two sisters, Nina Vail and Esther Mager and one brother, Wilbert (Esther) Eide.
Preceding Erling in death were his parents; brothers, Clarence, Melvin, Bjarne and Wilhelm Eide; sisters, Melinda Eide, Agnes Bishop and Gladys Berg; along with one grandson, Brandon Kent.
Erling's family would like to say a special "Thank You" to Hospice Of The Red River Valley along with Frazee Care Center for the exceptional care they provided to Erling during his stay.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 14 at the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee; there will be visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral.
Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. The Furey Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.