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Benjamin Russell Eldred, age 37, of Buffalo, MN passed away on February 17, 2023.

He was born on April 25, 1985 in St. Cloud, MN the son of Victor and AnnaMae (Garding) Eldred.

Ben was an Eagle Scout and graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School in 2003.  He later graduated from The University of North Dakota in 2007 with a Bachelors in Clinical Laboratory Science.  Ben worked at The Mayo Clinic from 2007-2014 and Roche Diagnostics from 2014 to the present.  He was recognized nationally for his many awards received from Roche. In 2014, he received the Rookie of the Year award, in 2019 he received the RSN Field Support Excellence award, he received several Premier Performers Club awards – Silver 2016, Gold 2019 and 2020 and Bronze 2021. He recently applied for a promotion within Roche and even though he didn’t know it yet, he did receive the promotion.”

On August 28, 2010 Benjamin Eldred and Kari Wald were married in Rochester, MN.  In 2013, they were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Brooklyn.

Ben was such a giving and helpful person. He would give the shirt off his back to help others. He always loved to tell stories and bad jokes to try to get others to smile and laugh.  He had a one-of-a kind personality that drew people to him. He was an amazing family man who always prioritized his family and would do anything for them. He loved the big family gatherings, and when the board games came out, it was game on for Ben. A fishing opener was never missed until he became a father, and then birthday parties were more important. Ice fishing was a must on the weekends until he became a dance dad, and then you found him on the dance floor with his daughter. Ben loved everything about Minnesota, from the sports teams to the outdoors, including cooking with his Traeger grill and Blackstone, gardening, camping, fishing, and hunting.

Ben passed away doing what he loved the most, hunting.

Survived by his loving wife Kari Eldred; a daughter Brooklyn; his parents Victor and AnnaMae Eldred; sister  Katie (Dan) Clabo; sister-in-law Shawnda (Jay) Ray; mother-in-law and father-in-law Debbie and Lawrence Wald; nephew Rhett Clabo; niece Olivia Clabo; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by grandparents Patricia and Russell Eldred; Bernard and Irene Garding; uncles Elmer Garding; Scott Patri; aunt’s Roberta Garding; Donna Garding-Froelich.


Thursday March 2, 2023



Celebration of Life:

Thursday, March 2, 2023

11:00 a.m.

Buffalo Evangelical Free Church

2051 50th Street

 Buffalo, MN 55313


In lieu of flowers, donations to one of the following gofundme’s would be appreciated.

16 Guestbook Entries

  1. Colleen Mackereth

    Anne, Vic, and family. Our deepest sympathies on the earthly loss of your beloved son. May God put his comforting arms around you at this time. Charlie and Colleen

  2. Jordan Drees

    You will be missed. Don’t worry though, I’ll take over for you in giving Ron S a hard time, it’s the least I could do. Hopefully they have hogs up there and you are in a stand that is never empty. Goodbye friend.

  3. Jill Mueller

    So sad to hear! Such a super person. Always smiling. Always loved his stories. I’m sure he is telling all kind of stories to all the other angels. Picture him with wings and a fishing pole! Prayers for family and friends

  4. Christopher Rosemark

    What a terrible loss. Such a great guy. Life just isn’t fair. I will miss him. And I can’t imagine how his family feels. My deepest condolences.

  5. LaRae Ruff

    May the Lord help you through this tragic and sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and family!

  6. Janet L Fjordbak

    Love and hugs on the loss of Ben.

  7. Tiberious Mose

    Ben was truly a blessing to anyone that interacted with him. He had a unique ability to touch people whether you agreed with him or not. Till we meet again friend. I wish the family God’s strength.

  8. Nicole Moravec

    I just found out about Ben’s death and am completely shocked. He was my coworker the whole time he was at Mayo and I have so many fond memories of working with him, kidding around, being silly, but still getting the work done efficiently and well. I was so sad to see him leave Mayo but happy for him to be closer to family and take on a new adventure with Roche. He was truly one of a kind, an excellent human being. May he rest in peace.

  9. Todd Boyum

    You will be sorely missed, Ben. I always enjoyed seeing you when you were in Indianapolis at Roche for training. You were respected, appreciated, and valued highly by customers and colleagues alike. Our prayers go out to your family. God Speed, Ben !

  10. Shazia Sadaf

    My deepest condolences to the family. Ben was in my new hire class at Roche and was such a fun guy. We had a small group of 4 new hires and have such good memories together. The memory that comes to mind is his experiment with Indian food and how it upset his stomach which led to lot of comical stories. It breaks my heart to see his obituary. My love and prayers to the family.

  11. Pamela Shane

    My deepest sympathy to Vic, Ann, Katie and the rest of the family.

  12. Allen and Kathy Klaustermeier

    Ben grew up with our 3 children in same neighborhood. Great person, loved by many. Praying Gods comfort will embrace all who knew him. Know that you do not walk alone in this time of morning.

  13. Marj and Bill Olson

    Ann I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to all of you at this difficult time.

  14. Rebecca Ricketts

    Ben was one of those Roche colleagues you looked forward to working with: smart, customer-focused and always willing to jump in to help if he could. We finally had the chance to work together in person for the first time in early February, and I will always remember his obvious joy, pride and love for Brooklyn as he shared stories and photos about their latest dance routine. My condolences and prayers to his family and loved ones. He will be greatly missed.

  15. Sue Arnold

    So sorry for your loss. He could always make me laugh. We always shared gardening stories and tips.

  16. AnnaLee & Pat Smith

    Dan, Katie, Rhett, Livi & Family-
    Our hearts hurt for you with this tremendous loss. Words are inadequate at times like this but please know we are here for you and pray that memories comfort you during this time.


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