Eureka, SD-Funeral service for Allen Weller, 94, of Eureka will be 2:00 pm, Monday, January 13, 2020 at Zion American Lutheran Church. Rev. Ryan Gage will officiate.
Burial will be in Zion American Lutheran Cemetery with military graveside rites by Fred Weller American Legion Post #186.
There will be a prayer service at 5:00 pm, Sunday with visitation from 3:00-5:00 pm at the funeral home.
Allen enjoyed good health until he died peacefully on Jan 7, 2020 at Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota.
Allen Harry Weller, son of John and Christina (Hoff) Weller was born on a farm southwest of Eureka on June 3, 1925. He attended Bauer and Jackson township rural schools.
Allen was drafted into the service during WWII and in March of 1945 he left for Army Basic Training in Ft Livingston, LA and later on to Camp Adair, OR before shipping out across the Pacific where he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan until his honorable discharge in November 1946 at the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Allen returned to the family farm and in 1948 he grew the first crop of his own, 20 acres of flax.
On October 12, 1949 he was united in marriage to Olive K. Mehlhaff at Eureka Reformed Church and together they took over the family farming operation in 1952 and began raising Angus cattle in addition to grain. Allen was remarkable for never having retired and was still actively farming up until a week before his death.
He was a member of the Zion American Lutheran Church, Fred Weller American Legion Post #186 and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He will be missed and remembered for his generosity, his story telling and his merry laugh.
Grateful for having shared Allen’s life are his son, Patrick Weller of rural Eureka; two daughters Kathryn (Kitty) Weller of Rapid City and Melanie Weller of Eureka; daughter-in-law Jaci Weller of Aberdeen; brother, Herbert (Arlyce) Weller of Ridgefield, WA; two sisters, Anita Gabriel of Watertown and Martha (Willis) Mehlhaff of Aberdeen; three grandchildren, Crystal (Ryan) McCormick of Sioux Falls, Cassandra (Zach) Anderson of Cadillac, MI and Jennifer (Laura) Wild of Portland, OR and four great grandchildren, Amelia, Alexander and Avrey Anderson and Arabella McCormick.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Olive (9-14-2016), son, Scott Weller (9-26-2014), parents, brothers, Aldo and Gideon and sisters, Lenora Imberi and Ella Metzger.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Zion American Lutheran Cemetery Fund or Avera Eureka Community Hospital.
Carlsen Funeral Home of Eureka has been entrusted with arrangements.