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Elner Irvin Dillavou

Obituary Information

Service Details

VISITATION

Date:
Private Family Viewing

Time:
Private

Location:
Worlein Funeral Home
Austin, Minnesota

FUNERAL SERVICE

Date:
Prviate Family
Funeral Service

Time:
Private

Location:
Worlein Funeral Home
Austin, Minnesota

INTERMENT

Grandview Cemetery
Austin, Minnesota

 

OBITUARY

Elner I. Dillavou, age 97 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Primrose Retirement Community.  He was born in a log cabin on March 15, 1921 in Newry Township, Minnesota, the son of Wayne and Ethel (Solt) Dillavou.  Elner graduated with the Austin High School Class of 1939.  He worked as a builder, a farmer, a livestock dealer, and he operated a commodities business with Bob Hartnell.  Later, Elner’s son Ron came into the business.  He always enjoyed his work.  In September of 1942, Elner enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving his country in Europe and the Philippines until his honorable discharge in January 1946.  On November 28, 1946, he was united in marriage to Lois Hougard at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, Minnesota.  Their union was blessed with two children.  In 1950, the Dillavous moved to their farm near Rose Creek.  Elner served on the Rose Creek School Board and was a past member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he enjoyed hosting hog roasts. His other leisure activities included working with horses, entertaining kids with wagon rides, caroling, and traveling.  Elner made several trips overseas.  His family meant the world to him, and he especially treasured time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  A devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Elner will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife Lois Dillavou of Austin; his son Ron (Patricia) Dillavou of Rose Creek, his daughter-in-law Darlene Dillavou of Mankato; 4 grandchildren David (Julie) Dillavou, Michelle Dillavou (Alex Sirois), Linsey (David) McDonald, Christina Dillavou; 3 great-grandchildren Ryan McDonald, Reagan McDonald, Benjamin Sirois; and his brother Larry Dillavou of Mississippi.  Elner was preceded in death by his parents, his son Wayne, one sister Marion Arenson, and his sister-in-law Joanne Dillavou.

A private family funeral service will be held at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Pastor Mike Olmsted officiating.  Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 91 and V.F.W. Post 1216.  Memorials can be directed to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, North Hampton, MA 01061-0515, the Mayo Clinic Hospice Program, or recipient of donor’s choice.  Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.  The family wishes to express a special ‘thank you’ to the staff of Primrose Retirement Community in Austin and to the Mayo Clinic Hospice staff for the wonderful care given to Elner during his last days. 

 

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