Eldor Harlin Weist, 94, of Rochester, MN., passed away December 25, 2017 at Olmsted Medical Center Hospital in Rochester. He was born on June 25, 1923 in rural Nodine, Winona County, MN. to Max and Ella (Rodenberg) Weist. He attended high school in LaCrosse, WI. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served during WWII for three years as a gunner's mate on merchant ships in the Pacific and Atlantic seas, until he was honorably discharged in 1946. Eldor then attended machinist trade school and worked as a machinist for Libby's in Rochester until his retirement.
He enjoyed vegetable gardening and picking strawberries to share with the neighbors. Eldor also enjoyed camping trips, attending the State fair and Minnesota Twins training camps with his camper. He was an avid reader. In his younger years, Eldor rode Harley motorcycles and then Moped in his later years. He built bluebird houses and placed them on the family farm. Eldor was a member of the American Legion and of Trinity Lutheran Church. He was a very kind and giving person who would help anyone in need.
Eldor is survived by his brother Norman (Doris) Weist of Rochester; sister Irene Southwick of Rochester, and many nephews, nieces and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law Robert Southwick.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester. Visitation will be 1 hr prior to the service Thursday at Ranfranz and Vine. Burial with military honors will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens.
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Arrangements are being handled by Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901
We met Eldor on my "meal delivery " route as well. Such a pleasant man and ever grateful for the meal, but it was our pleasure entirely. Our sincere condolences, M and G Asay
Eldor was a Great neighbor and friend to my dad Bob Liddy, They enjoyed visiting with one another, And Eldor getting his camper ready when he would go up to the MN State Fair. And he loved being in hs garden, he had an amazing Green thumb. He was a very loved man in the neighborhood and will be missed by many. RIP.
We knew Eldor from our "meal delivery" route. He always greeted us with a smile. As we read the obituary, we could imagine him, as a younger man, on a HARLEY! What fun he must have been. The world needs more "gentlemen." Sincerley. J & G Hostak
We will miss Eldor. We enjoyed talking to him and watching him work in his garden and yard. He was a great neighbor.
I will miss this kind and gentle man. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend. Rest in peace.
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