Eldon Aery, 75, of Salem, Oregon and Baudette, Minnesota died at his home on July 9, 2012 following a long illness.
Eldon was born to Charles and Elvera Aery on November 14, 1936 in Hugo, Colorado. When he was six months olds, his family moved to Rako, Minnesota, where they lived for several years.
Eldon started his schooling at the Rako School. When Eldon was thirteen years old, his family moved to Belgrade, Missouri. They lived in Belgrade for three years and then moved back to the farm in Rako.
Eldon joined the United States Air Force in 1955 and served in Merced, California. After his discharge from the Air Force, he returned to Minnesota for a short time working in logging and construction.
In 1960, Eldon moved to Salem, Oregon where he worked in construction and met his wife, Darla Tungate. They married on December 16, 1961. Darla’s two daughters, Sherri’ and Lisa were adopted by Eldon.
Eldon and Darla had two sons, Christopher and Shawn. Darla died suddenly in June of 1974 leaving Eldon to raise his four young children.
Eldon started his own construction business, E.A. Backhoe in April 1976.
In 1981, Eldon married Liz Wohlgemuth on October 10. Eldon sold his business and retired in 1994. Eldon and Liz made a summer home in Minnesota at Bayview Lodge in Baudette. Liz died in 1999. Eldon continued to spend the summers in Minnesota until his health would not allow it.
Eldon enjoyed working in his business, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Eldon was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles in 1944, wife Darla in 1974, sister Edna in 1988, wife Liz in 1999, sister Nellie in 2004, brother Donnie in 2011 and brother Carl in 2011.
He is survived by his children, Sherri’, Lisa, Chris, Shawn (Tracy) as well as grandchildren Earthan, Tyler, Rachel, Nichole, Ashley, Caitlin and Madeline. He is also survived by sister, Juanita Ellis, sister, Margaret (Rodney) Turner, brother, Bobby Aery, brother, Billy (Rebecca) Aery and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his life-long family friend, Jack (Karen) Ellis and numerous friends & family.
A celebration of Eldon’s life will be held on Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Baudette. All family and friends are welcome to join us.