Eldon Frye, 65, of New Town, N.D., passed away at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fargo, N.D. on Jan. 8, 2016, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Minot, N.D. on June 4, 2015, to Roy and Hazel Frye and grew up in western N.D.
He was a member of the last graduating class of Makoti High School, where he then joined the Army.
He faught hard in Vietnam and was then stationed in Germany. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Battalion.
He earned a degree from UND Williston in Soil Science followed by a bachelor of science degree from NDSU in Land and Range Science.
He married Marcia Cunningham and they had one son named Eldon Dwayne. After a divorce from Marcia he moved back to North Dakota where he fell for Cheri Froshaug at square dancing. They were later married at the Keene 1st Lutheran Church on June 13, 1981.
Eldon worked for Rink Construction and then Nerefour, followed by the North Dakota state Highway Department in Watford City N.D. where he then transferred to New Town.
He enjoyed working for neighboring farmers and ranchers around the area and driving school bus. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, bowling, square dancing, and spending precious time with his grand children.
He was a member of the New Town Legion Post 290 and the Happy Go Lucky Square Dancing Club. He was also a lifetime member of the NRA, the North American Fishing club, and the North American Hunting club. He was a hard core Vikings fan and was very proud of his Bison Almamater.
He is survived by his wife, Cheri, of Charlson, N.D.; sons, Eldon Dwyane (Tina) of Rogers, Texas; Cody ( Alicia) of Charlson, N.D.; Boyde (Hannah) of Sidney, Mo.; and his Daughter Teah (Aaron) of Fargo, N.D. His brothers, Roger of Las Vegas, Nev.; Jerald (Marcy) of Minot, N.D.; Gayland (Faye) of Rocksprings, Wyo.; Levi (Melody) of Springer, N.M.; and his sisters, Denise Tofelmeir of Pierre, S.D.; Glenys Holter (Doug) of Pierre, S.D.; Lynette Klimpel (Rick)of Velva, N.D.; 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his mother, father, and sister Lavaun.
His funeral will be held at the Keene 1st Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016.