Vernon Eilts, 75, of Ireton, died suddenly Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, by his desk on the family farm.
Vernon Eilts was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Hawarden, the son of Lawrence and Emma (Borchers) Eilts. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden and graduated from Ireton High School in 1948.
Vernon married Marlene Kading on June 28, 1951 at St. John's Lutheran Church near Ireton. They farmed near Ireton and moved into Ireton in July 1996. He continued to farm with his son Jeff, after moving into town.
Vernon was a man who truly loved to farm the land and feed cattle. He was meticulous in his bookkeeping, writing in his daily diary for over 60 years.
He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ireton where he had served as an elder, chairman of the congregation and head usher for many years. He was very community minded and served on many boards, including Co-op, German Farmers Mutual Insurance, Security Savings Bank, Iowa State Bank, Sioux County Cattlefeeders Association, and the Southern Sioux Rural Water Board.
Vernon is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marlene; two sons, Jeff Eilts and his wife Missy of Ireton and Jim Eilts of Mesa, Ariz.; two granddaughters, Mallory and Maddy Eilts of Ireton; sisters-in-law, Ardis Eilts of Ireton and Pauline Juffer of Sibley, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Emma Eilts; his brother, Bill Eilts; his parents-in-law, Paul and Elvira Kading; and a brother-in-law, Dr. Arlin Juffer.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ireton with the Rev. Marcel Kohlmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will began at noon today (Thursday), with the family present beginning at 6 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ireton. The Porter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.