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Eldon Herbert Winter, age 61 of Monticello, Minnesota, passed away September 7, 2019. He was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota on January 30, 1958 to Richard and Lorrayne (Jarmuzek) Winter.

Eldon and his family lived in St. Cloud for a while, then moved to St. Joseph, and eventually settled in Monticello. He graduated from Monticello High School with the class of 1976. After high school, Eldon attended DeVries University in Chicago, earning his trade degree in electronic engineering and eventually moved back home to Monticello.

He was joined in holy marriage to Lori Gossen on August 18, 1979 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church. Together they raised three children and recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Eldon was very active in the local Boy Scout Troops, helping as a leader and volunteer for various troops and activities that his son and grandson participated in. He was also a “jack of all trades” and could fix anything involving computers and technology. Sometimes he would take things apart and put them back together only to find that he could make them work even better!

He was also a very talented musician, and would play with his band around several venues locally. He could play the keyboard, guitar, and would often times sing the lead vocals.

Besides being a devoted husband and father, Eldon was extremely proud to have the title of “Grandpa”. His grandchildren meant the world to him, and he enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible.

He is preceded in death by his father, Richard; brother, Richard Paul; uncle, Herbert; and aunt, Susie Campina.

Eldon is survived by his loving wife, Lori; children, Benjamin John, Jenna Lea, and Matthew Richard (Tiffany); grandchildren, Simon Duane, Josiah Robert, Kyler, and Joselynn; mother, Lorrayne; siblings, Cynthia (Dave) Hoglund, John Winter, Jean (David) Brown, Sue (Joel) Dobrovolny, and Paula (Dave) Winter; brothers-in -law, Craig (Charmein) Gossen and John (Jane) Gossen; father-in-law, John Gossen; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to any charity of the donor’s choice.

10 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sue Minnehan

    Lori and family my heart is aches for you all. Sending you prayer and pray that God is holding you in his hands during this difficult time. Love you cousin

  2. Jean Hiller

    Rest peace Eldon you were a great man your family will be in our thoughts and prayers ????????

  3. Shirley Barthel

    So so sorry to hear this. I am a cousin to Eldon and have always liked him and thought he was very handsome. He already knows so many people in heaven and will be greeted by God and family members. Dancing in the heavens now. He will be missed.

  4. Melissa Scott Raatz

    Lori and Matthew.
    I am very sorry to hear of Eldons passing. What an influential man to our boys when they were young! Christopher got the news through one of “his St. Francis buddies” and had to call me. My heart breaks for your family. Know I am in prayer for you and your family to find peace in this difficult time. Please reach out if there is anything I can do to help.

  5. Kris Schroeder

    I worked with Eldon on a couple of projects during my time at Medivators. I would trust and count on all the things he told me as being 100% correct and I loved his easily understood explanations. He spoke of doing really fun things with his grandson as we worked together and I feel for that little guy today. This news saddens me and my heart aches for the long list of loved ones on this obituary, for I too will really miss you Eldon, my Deepest Sympathies and Prayers for a friend and co-worker.

  6. Lee Smith

    Very sorry to hear. Eldon was a coworker and a friend. His family and grandchildren were his world. He was a good man. He will be missed.

  7. Rose Beste

    Lori and family, We are devastated to hear of Eldon’s passing. I talked to Lorrayne yesterday and explained that Bob and I are out of state visiting kids and grandkids so we probably won’t be back for the funeral. Even though we can’t be there, know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Dana Cain

    Eldon & I both worked at SBS Technologies/GE Fanic in Eagan for several years, then again for the 6 years or so at Medivators. I have always appreciated Eldon’s incredible technical knowledge and his very direct communications. It saddens me greatly that he has left us.

  9. Bonnie

    Eldon was a coworker and a great guy. So down to earth..he always had a smile..always so helpful and incredibly smart. He always talked about his family and his grandson whom he so enjoyed. He will certainly be missed. May God surround you and your family and comfort you. Keep close to your heart the memories of all the love and wonderful times you shared.

  10. Ben G

    My heart hurts for Eldon’s family. I only got to know Eldon for a short time but Eldon was a very strong engineer that I looked up and learned from, he always talked about his family and grandkids with a big smile on his face. I miss Eldon dearly everyday and I am at loss for words. I miss you my friend.


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