Eldon Carl Eliason, 84, of Salix, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018, at a Sioux City hospital.
Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Salix Community United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Catie Newman officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Oto Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa, Iowa. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.rushfamilycareservice.com.
Eldon Carl Eliason, the son of Gothard and Minnie Inez (Horton) Eliason, was born on May 27, 1933, in Lantry, S.D. Growing up, he lived with his parents and four brothers on a farm south of Lantry. He went to a country grade school and graduated from Eagle Butte High School.
Eldon married Lola Biggerstaff on Nov. 22, 1955. To this union one son was born, who joined his brother and sister. They lived in Lantry until they moved to a farm outside of Sloan, Iowa, in 1958. Eldon farmed for Warren Johnson and worked for the Sloan Elevator until going to work for Kent Feeds in Sioux City in 1970, where he worked until retiring in 1993. Eldon and Lola lived in Sloan from 1970 until 1978, when they moved to Salix.
Eldon served on the city council in Salix and was mayor of Salix from 1994 to 1998. After retiring from Kent Feeds, he started his home repair service, Eldon's Repairs, which focused on small engine repair, but he was actually a jack of all trades and mastered most of them.
Eldon was a member of Salix Community United Methodist Church, where he was very active participating in any activity he was capable of, as well as doing many handyman duties in the church over the years. Eldon loved fishing and camping, traveling in the family's motor home, doing bus tours throughout the country, and even traveling overseas. He loved to get up and go just about anywhere, constantly ready for the next adventure. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, whether people asked for it or not, and will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends whenever they have a job to do.
Eldon is survived by his son, Steven (Pam) Eliason; two brothers, Floyd (Maggie) Eliason and Myron Eliason; one sister-in-law, Bev Eliason; grandchildren, David Tripp, Robert Tripp, Clint Eliason, Lindsey Luck, Jennifer Peterson, Joel Biggerstaff, Jill Biggerstaff, Brock Biggerstaff, Kyle Biggerstaff, Kory Biggerstaff, and Jake Biggerstaff; as well as many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gothard and Minnie Inez Eliason; his wife, Lola Eliason; one son, Raymond Biggerstaff; one daughter, Sharon Tripp and her husband, Joseph; two grandsons, Michael Tripp and Logan Eliason; brothers, Lloyd Eliason and Harvey Eliason; and sisters-in-law, Betty Eliason and Florence Eliason.