Elden V. LaHayne

36 entries | 1 photo
  • "Elden and Maryanne, I so very sorry for your loss. Your Dad..."
    - Bette Douglas
  • "Dear Elden and Maryanne, I want to express my sympathy at..."
  • "Dear Elden and Mary Anne, I am very sorry to hear about..."
    - Kathleen Von Borstel Ashton
  • "Elden and Mary Ann, My heartfelt prayers are with you. The..."
    - Linda Lehnhoff
  • "Elden and Mary Anne, I am sorry for your loss. Your Dad was..."
    - Scott Sefton
The Guest Book is expired.


Elden V. LaHayne, age 90, of Munster, formerly of Hammond, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the William J. Riley Memorial Residence in Munster after fighting a short, but courageous battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Elden B. and Mary Anne LaHayne of Schererville; three nephews; and numerous great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Edith B. (nee Braun); parents: John N. and Blanche (Gustafson) LaHayne; brother, John A. LaHayne; two sisters: Viola Walstra and Marge Lenburg; father and mother-in-law: Otto F. and Ida M. (Frank) Braun; three nephews; and one niece. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. from Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 8580 Wicker Ave., St. John, IN with Dr. Bassam Abdallah officiating. Burial will take place at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN with the U.S. Marine Corps and the Calumet Detachment Marine Corps League providing military honors. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. the funeral home. Elden was a lifetime resident of this area. He was a member of the 1st United Lutheran Church of Hammond. He received a Purple Heart for an injury he received during the Battle of Okinawa as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps in WWII. Elden was a Life Member of the Marine Corps League Calumet Detachment, 6th Marine Division, Military Order of the Devil Dogs, American Legion Post #16, Veterans of Foreign Wars Edward H. Larsen Post #802, Disabled American Veterans Chapter #17, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and Lake County Voiture 40 & 8. Elden began his career in funeral service in 1941 at Williams and Burns Funeral Home in Gary, IN. Upon returning from WWII, he entered and graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science of Indianapolis in 1947. Returning to Gary, Elden worked for Lach and Stilinovich Funeral Home and Pruzin Funeral Home in Gary before accepting employment at Snyder Funeral Home in Hammond, IN in 1950. Elden and Edith purchased the Snyder Funeral Home in 1965 and changed the name to Snyder-LaHayne Funeral Home. In 1970, their son, Elden B. joined them and the funeral home became LaHayne Funeral Home, Inc. During the ensuing years, Elden B.'s wife, Mary Anne, became active in the business and in 1994, the four LaHayne's purchased the Dalton and Son Funeral Home in the Woodmar Section of Hammond. The original funeral home on Hohman Ave. was closed in 2001 when Elden V. and Edith retired. The funeral home on Southeastern Ave. was sold in 2010. At the annual convention of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association in June 2010, Elden received a pin acknowledging his 65 years in funeral service. The family requests that those wishing to honor Elden's memory may make a donation to United States Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 909 N. Washington Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314, Hospice of the Calumet Area (William J. Riley Memorial Residence), 600 Superior Ave., Munster, IN 46321, or the . www.fagenmiller.com

Funeral Home
Fagen-Miller Funeral Home
8580 Wicker Avenue
St. John, IN 46373
(219) 365-2674
Funeral Home Details
Send Flowers
Published in The Times from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2013
bullet Purple Heart bullet U.S. Marines bullet VFW bullet World War II