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Elial Harr was Eureka pharmacist

Funeral services for Elial Philip Harr, 85, of Eureka, were held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in Eureka.
Burial will be 11 a.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery with military graveside rites by Fred Weller American Legion Post #186, under the direction of Carlsen Funeral Home of Eureka.
Elial died Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.
Elial Philip Harr, son of Nathanial and Emilia (Oster) Harr was born Nov. 14, 1928, at Eureka. This is where he was raised as a child.  He graduated from Eureka High School with the class of 1946.  Elial then attended South Dakota State University majoring in pharmacy and receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1950.  He became employed at Bittner Pharmacy in Aberdeen.
He was united in marriage to Nadine L. Ballensky on Feb. 25, 1951, in Zion Lutheran Church in Aberdeen.  He entered the United States Army on April 17, 1951, where he was a pharmacist and medic.
He was honorably discharged on April 10, 1953, and then worked as a Pharmacist from 1953 to 1957 in various cities.  In 1957 he returned to Eureka to work at Eureka Rexall Drug as a pharmacist until 2011.
His wife Nadine died June 30, 2007.
Elial loved golfing and was an avid reader.  He enjoyed the social aspect of his job.  Playing cards was enjoyable for him, especially pinochle. He liked game shows with “Wheel of Fortune” being his favorite.
Elial was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where he had held many offices.  He was active in the Eureka community throughout his life and was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Lions Club International, and Eureka Chamber of Commerce and was president of the senior center.
Elial is survived by his son, David (Jacqueline) Harr of Sioux Falls; one sister, Dianna Cooper of Eureka; and two grandchildren, Christopher and Eric Harr.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and one infant daughter.
Honorary casket bearers were Lee Oster and Gary Oster. Casket bearers were Steve Oster, Nolan Lindemann, Terry Vinger, Christopher Harr and Eric Harr. The organist was Lana Hilgemann and the soloist was Ronda Lapp.

 

 

Elial Harr

Elial Harr