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  Eldon Heller

Birth Date: May 26, 1959
Place of Birth: Williston, North Dakota
Date Departed: October 23, 2010
Resided: Williston, North Dakota
Age: 51

Eldon Heller, 51, a longtime Williston resident, passed away Saturday, October 23, 2010, at the Mercy Medical Center in Williston, ND.

Eldon Heller was born May 26, 1959 to Christ, Jr. and Martha (Thompson) Heller in Williston.

Being a Heller child, Eldon found great joy being outside hunting or fishing, or participating in a wide range of sports-track, football, bowling, and baseball- or playing softball when he was older. Eldon was a stand-out pole vaulter for Williston High School, and he received a track scholarship from and competed for Minot State College. His love for vaulting and concern and enthusiasm for kids led him to coach track and field where he helped many a young pole vaulter. He found a special delight in later coaching his niece, Hailey.

Eldon eventually gave up hunting, but fishing would remain a passion all his life. Eldon fished many a local tournament to support whatever charity was putting it on, and poured his time and energies into managing a walleye fishing tournament to aid Kids for Christmas. He was continually helping others, whether as the “pro” pancake flipper at the annual St. Peter’s Episcopal Church pancake dinner or tending to the grounds at St. Peters, ensuring local area families had food at Christmas, donating blood for thirty years, or simply lending a helping hand to a friend in need. Eldon was simply, a very giving man.

However, Eldon’s greatest accomplishment was that of being a first class family man. From his days as a young man to now he looked after his mom, dad, and his four brothers and sister. On June 13, 1979 he married Lauri Olson at St. Peters and his love and caring further grew to encompass his new wife, and their eventual three daughters, Mindy, Christy, and Kayla. He dearly loved the four ladies in his life, and was so proud of his three daughters. He was absolutely thrilled to later become a grandpa to Madison, Landen, Kaydance and Collin Eldon. During the summer Eldon was usually out camping and fishing with his family at the lake.

Through the years Eldon wasn’t afraid to try new things. He worked for numerous companies in the oil field, and at one time or another was involved in nearly every aspect of the oil industry whether it be offshore rigs in Alaska, the pipe business for H&E Pipe, or lately as a sales rep for Well-Pro. He also worked for a time selling cars at Gary Wendel Motors and helping at Boldt Farm Supply. He worked for many years with his brothers, most notably owning and running Rivers Edge and the 4 Mile Bar.

Eldon was a member of the Moose Lodge, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, and the Williston Walleye Tourney Assoc.

At any time one could find Eldon with a smile on his face, as he was always happy. Being the social kind of guy that he was, he made many friends throughout the years.

Eldon leaves behind his adoring family: wife, Lauri, of Williston; his three daughters, Mindy (Charlie) Miller of Williston, Christy (Derek) Fischer of Minneapolis, MN, and Kayla (Eli) Heller of Williston; his four grandkids, Madison Miller, Landen Miller, Kaydance Heller and Collin Eldon Miller; his mother, Martha Heller of Williston; his four brothers and sister all of Williston, Greg (Vicki), David (Kaylene), Quentin (Carrie), Kelly (Amber), and Dolly (Todd) Horob; many special nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Nancy and Duane Anderson of Williston; several aunts and uncles; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Christ Heller, and all his grandparents.

The Everson Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.

His funeral service will be celebrated Wednesday morning, October 27, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Williston. Rev. Marianne Ell and Rev. Randy Keehn will officiate.

Friends may call at the Everson Funeral Home of Williston Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday at the church for the hour preceding the funeral.

Interment will follow in the Hillside Memory Gardens, Williston.