Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 23, 2012 for Eldred Paul Schlangen who died of heart failure Sunday, May 20, 2012. Mass will be at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. There will be a gathering of relatives and friends one hour prior to mass at the church.
Eldred “Eldy” was born to Raymond and Irene (Hommerding) Schlangen on February 3, 1948 in Richmond, MN. He was employed at various times by Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, an Iowa farm, Cold Spring Granite Company, and Manion’s in St Joseph, MN. He was retired for the past three years. Eldred was a member of the Catholic Aid Association and served in the Air Force for four years. His greatest joys were his nieces and nephews and his great nieces and nephews.
Eldred is survived by his mother, Irene of Richmond; siblings, Donna Zierden, Al (Suz), Pat (Marlys), and Rosemary, all of Richmond, Dale (Janelle), and Ken (Laura) of Watkins, Sharon (Jim) Opatz of Kimball, and Julie (Dave) Nordvik of Royalton; in-laws, Ben Witte of Brainerd and Carolyn Schlangen of Newton, Iowa, and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by children, Heather, Jason, Jimmy, and Dale of Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Raymond; sister, Bernadine Witte (2005); brother-in-law, Don Zierden (2002), and brother, Vernon (2010).