Funeral services with military honors for Eleroy Ayers, 89, were held Monday, March 4, 2019, at Evangelical Free Church in Oakland, Neb. He passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019, at the Oakland Heights Assisted Living in Oakland. Burial was in Westside Cemetery, rural Oakland.
Eleroy Claire “Sam” Ayers was born July 25, 1929, to William Henry and Ester Victoria (Wistrom) Ayers in rural Oakland and lived around the Oakland area all his life. He attended rural schools in the area before graduating from Oakland High School in 1947. After graduation, he went to work for Burlington Railroad and also helped his dad on the farm. In 1951, he joined the United States Marines and served through 1953. After the service, he went back to work for Burlington Railroad for 40 years. Eleroy was known as “Sam,” a name given to him by fellow workers on the railroad.
In 1967, Eleroy married Louise Lunden. Eleroy loved gardening and enjoyed traveling in his retirement.
Eleroy moved to the Oakland Heights Assisted Living 5 ½ years ago and enjoyed the staff, residents and all the activities that were provided.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Louise; parents; brother, Loran.
Eleroy is survived by his daughters: Diane (Jim) Falk of West Point, Neb., Linda Lunden of Grand Island, Neb.; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorials are suggested to Oakland Heights Assisted Living.
Pelan Funeral Services was in charge of the arrangements.