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Francis Eveleth 1930-1998


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 11/19/2011 at 22:49:46

Francis Eveleth
Estherville – Services for Francis Eveleth, 68, of Estherville will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville with Monsignor Tom Nash officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery with military graveside services by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3388 and American Legion Post #91 both of Estherville.

Visitation is from 4-9 p.m. Thursday at Henry-Olson-Fuhrman Funeral Home in Estherville with parish vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel.

He was born June 17, 1930 at Sturgis, S.D. the son of Colburn and Minnie (Steffes) Eveleth. He received his education in Sturgis schools graduating from high school in 1948. Following high school, he served in the National Guard during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Germany with 190th Engineers. On Aug. 29, 1953, he was united in marriage with Alice Bremer in Sturgis. Following their marriage the couple lived in Sturgis where he was employed by J.C. Penney’s. He worked for Penny’s for 38 years, working and managing stores in Rapid City, S.D., Bismark, N.D., Dickinson N.D. and Winton, N.D. before moving to Estherville in 1966 where he managed the local store until it closed in 1986. He was later employed by Iowa Lake Community College with Marketing and Advertisement.

He was active following retirement, a longtime supporter of the Estherville Chamber of Commerce, where he was past president and named Citizen of the Year in 1994. He donated countless hours to anything that promoted Estherville. He also sang in the Many Voices Choir. He was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where he served on various committees, sang in the choir, was a member of Boosters Club, Knights of Columbus and was past Grand Knight.

He is survived by his wife, Alice of Estherville; sons: Michael, Twin Falls, Idaho; Mitch, Estherville; Mark, Burlington; Martin, Pella; Mathew, Bettendorf; daughters: Mrs. Richard (Cheryl) Parades, Davenport and Mrs. Darron (Christine) Bell of Phoenix; 13 grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Paul (Julia) Young and brother, Bernard Eveleth, both of Sturgis.

He was preceded in death by a grandson; father, Colburn; mother, Minnie Kent and stepfather, Fred Kent. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, November 12, 1998)


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