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Joseph Frank Eilers

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READSBORO -- Joseph Frank Eilers, 71, of Tunnel Street, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 17, 2004, at the Sweetbrook Transitional Care and Living Centers in Williamstown, Mass. following a short illness. He was a longtime member of the Southern Vermont business community as president of Eilers Brothers Trucking and Excavating of Readsboro.

He was born in Readsboro on July 29, 1933, a son of the late Raymond John Eilers and Anna Cora (LaBelle) Eilers. The family resided in Monroe Bridge, Mass., and he was educated in Monroe Bridge schools. He also attended Drury High School in North Adams, Mass.

Mr. Eilers entered the U.S. Army on July 6, 1956 and served with the 22nd Tank Company until 1958, when he was transferred to the XIII U.S. Army Corps. He served as an E-4 until his honorable discharge on June 30, 1962.

In 1953, Mr. Eilers and his late brother Charles R. Eilers established Eilers Brothers Trucking and Excavating in Readsboro, and was serving as president of the firm at the time of his death. The company was awarded a Fifty Year Company Award Plaque and he was awarded a Golden Achievement Award Plaque by the American Truck Historical Society in July of this year for their more than 50 years of service in trucking.

Mr. Eilers was a communicant of St. Joachim Church of Readsboro and a former member of the zoning board of appeals for Readsboro. He was a collector of antique trucks. He was a member of the Antique Truck Club of America and the American Truck Historical Society, of which he was a past vice president for the states of Vermont and New Hampshire.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Audrey Joyce Holland, whom he married July 6, 1957 in St. Joachim Church; one daughter, Rhonda E. Smith and her husband Omar Smith of Readsboro; two sons, Raymond E. Eilers of Readsboro and Rodney J. Eilers and his wife Tammy Eilers of Halifax; two grandchildren, Christopher Eilers and Patrick Eilers of Halifax; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. His brother Charles R. Eilers died Oct. 15, 2002.

Funeral services for Joseph F. Eilers will take place Monday, Nov. 22, with a liturgy of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at St. Joachim Church, Tunnel Street, Readsboro with the Rev. Joseph Tate, CSC, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Village Cemetery. Calling hours at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals Central Chapels, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, are Sunday, Nov. 21, from 3 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, any donations in his memory are suggested for St. Joachim Church or the Whitingham Ambulance Service through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 19, 2004
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