Elmer "Eddie" Edvalson
March 26, 1925 - June 23, 2012
Elmer "Eddie" K. Edvalson, 87 of Milton-Freewater died June 23, 2012, at the Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Walla Walla. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 28, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Milton-Freewater. Burial with Military Honors to follow in the Union Cemetery in Union, Ore., at 2:30 p.m. Contributions can be made to the Wounded Warriors through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Eddie was born March 26, 1925, on a homestead in High Valley near Union, Ore. He was the son of Theodore "Eric" and Alena Freida Kohler Edvalson. He spent his growing up years learning the skills of farming, breaking horses, hunting and fishing. He graduated from Union High School in 1943 and immediately joined the United States Army to fight for his country during World War II. He was assigned to C company with the 84th Division's 335th Infantry Regiment, known as the Abraham Lincoln Rail Splitters. Eddie served in the European Theater as a staff sergeant and his motto was "Freedom is never free."
Elmer returned home in 1946 and married Glenda Lorraine Curl on Jan. 2, 1948. The couple raised six children and just recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. In 1969 Elmer and his family moved to Milton-Freewater, where he has resided ever since. He spent most of his years as a salesperson and truly loved his family and community, spending much of his time reaching out and helping those he loved. He would go in the early hours to help a friend with a heart condition irrigate his crops. Glenda and Elmer canned hundreds of jars of food for those in need. If you were someone in need, Elmer would find you. In his retirement years, Elmer would go to the schools to share his World War II experience. He has been to schools in Walla Walla, Beaverton, Spokane and Milton-Freewater. He was proud he could still fit into his uniform. After suffering a stroke in 2008, Elmer was kindly cared for at Park Manor Nursing Home until his passing.
Survivors include his sweetheart wife, Glenda, at home; daughters, Lorraine and Brent Maughan of Spokane, Sherri and Kent Walton of Tigard, Ore., Kelly Campbell-O'Dell and Randy of Milton-Freewater; 21 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. His parents; sons, Tommy and Allen Edvalson; daughter, Janell Taylor; granddaughter, Natalee Walton; and brothers, Donald, Lloyd and Gene Edvalson, preceded him in death.