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Byron Elkjer

Byron Elkjer, age 95, of Willmar, died Thursday morning, April 26, at Bethesda Grand Nursing Home in Willmar.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 2 p.m. Monday, April 30, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in the church cemetery with military honors provided by Austin F. Hanscom American Legion Post 167 of Willmar.  Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar, www.petersonbrothers.com.

Byron Edward Elkjer was the only child of Edward and Clara (Hultberg) Elkjer.  He attended Willmar schools, graduating from Willmar High School in 1940.  On August 2, 1942, Byron married his high-school sweetheart, Betty Michels, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar.

Byron worked in his father's clothing store, Elkjer Anderson, after high school until entering the U.S. Army during World War II.  He served with the 4th Infantry Division in the European Theater and was awarded the Bronze Star for courage during the Battle of the Bulge.  He also served in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

Following his honorable discharge, Byron returned to Willmar and established Taylor Sales of Burnsville, which sold Taylor Ice Cream Machines.  After many years of work and travel in his successful business, he sold the company to his son Jerry and retired in Willmar.

Byron was a member of the Church of St. Mary, the American Legion, the V.F.W. and the Elk's Club.  He enjoyed vegetable gardening, traveling, hunting and fishing.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and especially enjoyed lovingly teasing his grandchildren.  He was kind, good natured, and humbly generous.  He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 75 years, Betty; their six children, Tom (and Carmen) Elkjer, Mary Margaret Elkjer, Jerry (and Mollie) Elkjer, Jane (and Lee) Radzak, Dan (and Bobbi) Elkjer, and John (and Julie) Elkjer; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother-in-law, Dr. Jim (and Colleen) Michels; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Clara Elkjer; Betty's parents, Leo and Mary Michels; a brother-in-law, Dr. Roger Michels; and a grandson, Nathan Elkjer.

Byron's family would like to thank Lake Region Home Health, Bethesda Grand, and Rice Hospice for all of their love and care of Byron.


Cemetery Details

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
1459 15th St. SW
Willmar, MN,

Visitation

APR 30. 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201

http://www.OurLivingWater.org

Mass of Christian Burial

APR 30. 02:00 PM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201

http://www.OurLivingWater.org


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I grew up across the street from the Elkjer family and they and our family,we were very close friends as neighbors.All of the children from both our families played together throughout the years growing up on West 12th street.Byron was always so kind and fun loving to us Phelps kids!Ice cream, ride on the back of a scooter!He always gave us the berries!It continued through adulthood if I ran across him in Willmar or in Texas greeted me with a warm smile lots of laughs and a good hugHe will always hold a warm place in all the Phelps kids heartsGod bless you ByronLoveKaren Phelps

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Jaime Palmer - April 30 at 11:31 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I remember many a 4th of July celebrated in your back yard. There is no way to thank for the great family friends you were to my mom when we moved back to Willmar. Warm memories of a great couple. Barb Norman

Barb - April 30 at 11:48 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to the Elkjer family. Sorry to hear of your loss Jane.

Lonnie Ellingson - May 07 at 11:42 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Please accept my sincere condolences for your father's passing. My thoughts are with you and your families during this difficult time, John and Jerry. With sympathy, Mary O'Dowd, Taylor Restaurant Equipment, LLC, Albuquerque, NM

Mary E. O''Dowd - May 09 at 03:47 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM