Eldor Rahn, 92, of Lanesboro
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 6:33 AM
Eldor Rahn, 92, died at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, after a long rewarding life.
He was born March 15, 1921, in rural Hazen, Mercer County, N.D., to Wilhelm and Jacobina Rahn. He had seven siblings.
He attended school in rural Hazen.
In 1939, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in Medora, N.D., and in 1941, he was transferred to Lanesboro.
On Oct. 17, 1942, he married Ardis Johnson in Peterson. He served in the United States Army during World War II, first based in San Francisco where he became a crane operator loading ships in the harbor bound for the Pacific Theater. Later, he was based in Guadalcanal and the Philippines. He farmed near Highland for 54 years and was also a sought after crane operator.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching sports, playing cards, nurturing his family and expressing an individualized sense of humor. He was a member of the Lanesboro American Legion Post No. 40.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Ardis; his children, Jackie (Paul) Feind of Rochester, Sharon (Richard) Peterson of Lanesboro, David (Joyce) Rahn of Whalan, Steven Rahn of Lanesboro, Judy (Joe Lukes) Erickson of Altoona, Wis., and Loren Rahn of Eyota; 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, William Rahn of Butte, Mont.
He was preceded in death by five siblings, one grandson and one great-grandson.
A funeral was held Tuesday, March 4, at First Lutheran Church of Highland in rural Lanesboro, with the Rev. Patricia Hinkie officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro assisted the family with funeral arrangements.