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    P.O. Box 429
    Mt. Lake, MN 56159
    Phone: 507-427-2725
    Fax: 507-427-2724

    Eldon Ekstrom
    Eldon Ekstrom, 83, of Butterfield died Sept. 7, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James. Funeral services
    were Friday at First Lutheran Church in Butterfield with Rev. Lowell Asplund officiating. Burial will follow at
    Butterfield City Cemetery in Butterfield.
    Sturm Funeral Home of St. James handled the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.
    Eldon Ray Ekstrom was born March 17, 1931, to Algort and Helen (Youngdale) Ekstrom in St. James. He was baptized and later confirmed at East Sveadahl Lutheran Church.
    Eldon graduated from St. James High School in 1949 and attended the University of Minnesota School of Agriculture
    in St. Paul. In 1953, Eldon married Ruby Pierson. He worked as a creamery operator, farmed, was an agri-business
    manager and currently did electric motor repair and refrigeration.
    Eldon served on the Butterfield Fire Department for 26 years
    and served as fire chief for eight years.
    In his church, he served as a council member and also served on the board of Luther Memorial Home in Madelia.
    Eldon enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and watching sports. Eldon and Ruby also were hosts at state park campgrounds near Starbuck and Battle Lake each of the past 15 summers. He was preceded in death by a brother, Adean; a granddaughter, Sophia; brothersand sister-in-law: Larry and
    Beverly Ahern, Nels Pierson and Leo Zellmer. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Ekstrom of Butterfield; children: Sandra (Rodney) Mitchell of Mankato; Shari (Ronald) Matyzsczyk of San Antonio, Texas; Daniel Ekstrom of Butterfield; and Douglas (Michele) Ekstrom
    of Eagle Lake; and five grandchildren.

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