Eldon, born September 4, 1925, was one of eight children born to parents William and Adelia Beard at the family farm in Madison County, Iowa. Eldon attended a one-room school, Walnut #7, in rural Madison County where he graduated from 8th grade. Eldon’s father died when Eldon was 13 years old and he and a younger brother and two older brothers had to maintain the family farm and make a living for the family.
In 1947 the family moved to Houlton’s Ranch outside of Elk River, Minnesota, and Eldon and his brothers farmed and ran a large dairy operation.
He was united in marriage to Florence Irma Lenz on April 16,1949 at the Methodist Church in Elk River. He then worked various jobs until 1954 when he went to work for Swartzman’s Salvage in Anoka. He was yard foreman for 32 years until he retired in 1987.
Eldon was a loving, faithful, devoted husband, father, brother and uncle. He will sadly be missed by his son, Danny of Elk River, two sisters, Myrtle Reed, Eagle Grove, IA and Gladys Kohler, Winterset, IA and a host of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, his parents, brothers, Leo, Earl, Marvin and Guy and one sister, Orvetta.
Arrangements were handled by Dare’s Funeral Home in Elk River.