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Eldon Langer, 79

Eldon Francis Langer, age 79, of River Falls, formerly of Ellsworth, died Saturday, Jan. 7, at Comforts of Home in River Falls.

Born April 21, 1932, in rural Ellsworth, the son of Joseph and Wilhelmina (Raehsler) Langer. Eldon attended the Lost Creek School through the eighth grade. Eldon worked on the family farm east of Ellsworth by Lost Creek. In 1950, Eldon went on to work at Cudahy Meat Packing in Newport, Minn. In 1955, he began work at Durkee Atwood Co. as a factory laborer in Red Wing before retiring in 1990.

Married Mary Lou Lantz on Dec. 27, 1951, at Clayfield Catholic Church, Ellsworth. Member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Red Wing, Minn.

Preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou (Lantz) Langer; his parents, Joseph and Wilhelmina Langer; his grandparents, Anton and Mary Langer; his brothers, Bernard Langer, Patrick Langer, Lloyd Langer, Gene Langer, Ivan Langer, and Ken Langer; his sister Jean Ann Langer; daughter-in-law Marilyn Langer; and grandson Roger Michael Langer.

Eldon is survived by his sisters Lorraine Zignego of Baldwin, Wis., Eileen (Ray) Zeilinger of Roseville, Minn., and JoAnne Langer of St. Paul; his brother-in-law Dennis Lantz of Brainerd, Minn.; children, Deborah (Randall) Postema of Plymouth, Ohio, Donald Langer of Beldenville, Wis., Kevin Langer of St. Paul, Karyl (Myron) Muehlbauer of Chaska, Minn., Bradley (Cheryl) Langer of Ellsworth, Brenda White of Hastings, Minn., and Todd Langer of Bay City, Wis.; grandchildren, Tracy (Patrick) Scharpe, Gordon (Andrea) Strom, David (Jessica) Miller, Jennifer (Joshua) Wallace, Randall Postema Jr., Amanda Postema, Jeremy Langer, Matthew Langer, Ashley Langer, Sarah Muehlbauer, Laura Muehlbauer, Stacey (Andy) Galle, Julie Langer, Kimberly Langer, Kristen (Jake) Kolodzienski, Natasha Langer, and Marissa White; great-grandchildren: Casmir and Brenden Strom; Kaylan Scharpe; Zoey, Evan, and Isak Strom; Clay, Andrew, Zachary, Isaiah, and Aribella Miller; Kaylee and Camryn Wallace; Colin Postema, Isaac Galle, Morgan and Ava Kolodzienski; Brayden and Kaylee Langer, Anthony Langer, Mason Boeff, Taylor Laqua, and Kodiak Langer.

Pallbearers will be Kimberly Langer, Kristen Kolodzienski, Matthew Langer, Myron Muehlbauer, Randall Postema, and Randall Postema Jr.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Red Wing. Rev. Thomas Kommers will officiate. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Red Wing. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth, and for 1 hour prior to the Mass on Thursday.

For online condolences, go to Hill Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ellsworth is assisting the family with arrangements.