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Correctionville, Iowa - Alvin E. Eskildsen, 94, of Correctionville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa. The funeral service will be Saturday, November 7, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Oto United Church of Christ in Oto, Iowa. Pastor Karen Handke will officiate. Burial will be in the Correctionville Cemetery at Correctionville, Iowa with military graveside honors. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Anthon, Iowa. The family is receiving condolences on line at www.armstrongfuneral.com.
Alvin Edwin Eskildsen was born January 25, 1921, at Danbury, Iowa, the son of Mathius and Lillian (Kent) Eskildsen. He graduated from Oto High School.
Alvin joined the 4th Marine Division and served in the South Pacific during World War II. From there he remained an active and proud veteran the rest of his life.
On September 14, 1947, Alvin married Dorothy Petersen at the Oto United Church of Christ in Oto. They were blessed with eight children. Dorothy passed away December 23, 2009.
In addition to his farming career and raising a family, Alvin was involved in numerous activities in the community. He was a lifetime devoted member of the American Legion Henry V. McKenna Post #651 of Oto, as well as the VFW Post Sioux Valley #1750 of Correctionville, Iowa, and the Fighting 4th Marine Division of World War II. His love for America and the Marine Corp was evident to everyone that met him. The many reunions of the 4th Division Marine Corps were an event that Alvin cherished.
Alvins involvement in his church in Oto spanned many decades. He was baptized, confirmed, married, and now receiving his funeral services, all at the Oto United Church of Christ. He served on the church board for over 50 years and was also on the school board and was a township trustee.
It was evident that Alvin was a fun loving man who was known for pulling pranks on anyone he encountered. The humor he created now lives on in his childrens laughter. When ever possible, he enjoyed spending time with family. He loved his woodworking projects and made many toys, candy dispensers, and furniture for his family and friends.
Alvin and his wife, Dorothy were active in the State Foster Care Program and cared for many children over the years.
Survivors include his children and their spouses, LaRene and Rod Aker of Backus, Minnesota, Judy Gromer of Round Rock, Texas, Allen and Patti Eskildsen of Quimby, Iowa, Jessie and David Holcomb of Correctionville, Iowa, Stella and Phil Hayworth of Anthon, Iowa, Norma and Bill Brasel of Anthon, Iowa, and Larry and Rose Ankrum of Carrollton, Texas; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; a sister, Betty Anderson of Buffalo, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews; and extended family members.
Along with his beloved wife, Dorothy, Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Deanna Marie; a daughter, Judy Ankrum; two grandsons, Terry Eskildsen and Terry Heinse; a brother, Marvin Eskildsen; and two sisters, Pauline Tibbets and Elaine Freer.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Freedom Rock fund for the Anthon location.
Saturday, November 7, 2015 10:00 a.m.ξ
Oto United Church of Christ Oto, Iowaξ
Friday, November 6, 2915 5:00-7:00 p.m.ξ
Armstrong Funeral Home Anthon, Iowaξ