A. Eldon Magnuson

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Visitation will be held Sunday, July 20th at the Messiah, Lutheran Church in Murdo, from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, July 21st at Harold Thune Auditorium in Murdo at 10:30 a.m.

Burial will be at the Murdo Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com


Eldon Magnuson was born October 31st, 1931 at Pierre, South Dakota, the son of Gunnar and Henrietta (Fedderson) Magnuson. He grew up on a ranch in the Draper area where he received his education. Eldon spent from October, 1952- August 1954 in the US Army during the Korean War.

Besides a time working for Clarence Hullinger building dams, Eldon spent his entire life farming and ranching northeast of Draper.

He was united in marriage to Esther Schmidt on May 4, 1952 in Pierre SD. To this union 5 daughters were born, Kathie, Shelley, Terri, Ginger, and Lori.

He was a Member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Draper. He served on the Township board for several years. He was a member of Barrett Dowling Legion Post #301 in Draper.

Eldon enjoyed playing cards with neighbors and friends. About once a month you would find his brother Emil, the Fedderson boys, and Leroy Booth playing cards somewhere. He enjoyed farming and ranching, his daily phone visits with Emil, going to his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids activities, gator rides looking through the cattle. He enjoyed visiting with neighbors and friends, he could even have a great conversation with someone he didn’t know.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 62 years, Esther of Draper, five daughters, Kathie Mason and Ernie Kessler of Ft. Pierre, SD, Shelley Boehmer (Bob) of Pierre, SD, Terri Pelle (Jim Nickelson) of Philip, SD, Ginger Waltner (Steve) of Marion, SD, Lori Owens (Wade Fischer) of Pierre, SD. 11 Grandchildren, Nicole (Matthew), Chad (Heather), Darci (Robert), Crystal (Tyson), Travis (Jessica), Dusty (Heather), Derek (Whitney), Lacie (Nick), Tane (Jilanne), Trey (Phylicia), and Tayler (Angie). 12 great grandchildren, Jessica, Dillon, Alec, Rachel, Gunnar, Brylee, Ayin, Bodie, Jhett, Tripp, Brooke and Tenley. 5 special grandchildren, Felicia, Jamie, Colton, Moriah, and Will. A brother, Emil Magnuson of Rapid City, two sisters, Anna Rose Pascal of Rio Linda, California, and Delores Volmer of Presho. And a host of other relatives and friends.

Eldon was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. Dora Lee Christian and Faye Vevig.

A hearty handshake that was only diminished by the size of his smile and the goodness in his heart. (By: Wade)