Barry Lee Eilders, age 64, of Frazee, MN, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, July 14, 2010.
Barry was born September 19, 1945 in George, Iowa to Benart & Sophia (Popkes) Eilders. Barry attended grade school in George, Iowa and graduated from Round Lake, Minnesota with the class of 1963. Following graduation, Barry married Marcella Rosendahl; they later divorced. He enlisted with the Winthrop Army Reserve in 1965 and was called to active duty on May 31, 1967, where he was deployed to serve in the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserve on August 11, 1969. Following his honorable discharge, Barry was a self-employed carpenter in Brewster, MN. He then gained employment as a truck driver with Trumpet Transportation in Worthington, MN. Barry relocated to Frazee, MN in 1991, where he continued his career as a truck driver with Daggett Truck Line in Frazee until his passing. Barry met Elaine in December of 1994. The couple was united in marriage on April 2, 2001, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Barry enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors and enjoyed tending his large flower gardens. He was an avid fisherman and often fished the area lakes. He also enjoyed quiet time reading. Above all, Barry was a devoted husband, father and grandpa who loved spending time with his family and his friends.
Barry is survived by his wife, Elaine; his mother: Sophia Eilders of Marshall, MN; 2 sons: Tony Eilders of North Mankato, MN and Glenn (Jane) Eilders of Courtland, MN; step-daughter, Sheila (Norman) Bakke of Frazee; 2 step-grandchildren: Marissa & McKenzie Bakke; sisters: Barbara (Leon) Halling of Ghent, MN, Loretta Campbell of Evansville, MN, Susanne Eilders of Milroy, MN, Thelma (Gary) Kruse of Rapids City, SD; along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and daughter, Tracey.
Funeral services will be held at 4 P.M. Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee. Military honors will be conducted by the Frazee VFW Heart O Lakes Post #7702. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church. Lunch will be served following the service for all to attend. To leave online condolences, visit www.fureyfh.com.