Eldon Loveland Ward, 86, of Idaho Falls (Coltman area), passed away Sunday, August 1, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his wife of nearly 68 years, his family and under the loving care of Hands of Hope Hospice.
Eldon was born May 21, 1924, in Iona, Idaho, the fourth of nine children born to George Jones Ward and Annie Luella Loveland Ward. He grew up in Ozone (Bone), Iona and Coltman, and graduated from Ucon High School, where he had many friends and great memories.
Eldon married the love of his life, Evelyn Anna Johnson, on December 30, 1942, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They lived in Coltman, where they farmed and raised nine children. Eldon had a zest for life and was always busy with family, church work and a successful farming and ranching operation. He loved his family, friends, neighbors, community and loved to serve. He loved the land and farming. He farmed in Coltman, Mud Lake, West Roberts desert, Hamer and Osgood.
Eldon was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While living in Coltman, and after they had two children, he was called to serve a mission for 15 months to the Northwestern States, including Washington, Montana and Vancouver, Canada. Eldon served faithfully in many other church callings, including Bishop, High Councilman, Stake President, Temple Sealer and temple worker. He and Evelyn served a mission together to the North Carolina Charlotte Mission.
Eldon is survived by his wife, Evelyn of Coltman; children, Noreen Johnson, Michael (Lois ) Ward, LeAnn (Alan) Gardner, Kevin (Sondra) Ward and Nathan (Jennifer) Ward, all of Idaho Falls, Marsha (Bill) Coon of El Paso, Texas, Daniel (Rae) Ward of Malad, Laura (Charles) Beasley of Ucon and Kelley (Paul) Young of Austin, Nev.; siblings, Lyle Ward of Kooskia, Elvira Andersen of Layton, Utah, Hazel Haymore of Sacramento, Calif., and Bill Bowcutt of Idaho Falls; 46 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death and welcomed home by his parents; a grandson, Eric Scott Gardner; two brothers, Lorin L. Ward and Wendell Ward; and three sisters, Leola Stucki, Vera Ward and Marlene Stucki.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 7, 2010, at the Idaho Falls LDS Coltman 1st Ward, 12448 N. Fifth East (Lewisville Highway). Interment will follow in Grant-Central Cemetery. The family would like to invite all wishing to visit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. The family would like to give special thanks to all Dad's neighbors, family, friends, the Coltman High Priest Group and Relief Society, Hands of Hope Hospice for all their loving care, and Wood Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.