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Doris Eklund

March 13, 1928-Feb. 28, 2009

Doris A. Eklund, 80, of Ulen died Saturday, February 28, 2009 at Viking Manor Nursing Home in Ulen.

Doris Arloween Hove was born to Conrad and Mearl (Ashmore) Hove on March 13, 1928 in rural Ulen Township. She was baptized at Atlanta Lutheran Church and later confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Growing up, Doris attended Ulen Public School and graduated with the class of 1946. Following high school, she went to Business College in Detroit Lakes.

On Jan. 29, 1950, Doris married Donald Eklund at the Bethlehem Lutheran Parsonage in Ulen. The couple made their home in Fossum Township for three years before moving to a farm southwest of Ulen. This is where they farmed and raised their family of seven children. In 1979, Doris and Donald retired and moved into Ulen. In 1998, Doris entered the Viking Manor Nursing Home, where she continued to make her home until her death.

Over the years, Doris kept busy with many different tasks. She enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowers, canning and cooking; she helped with the making of the potato salad for the annual Turkey BBQ held in Ulen. Doris also had a knack for sewing, whether it was quilting, needlepoint, hardanger or simply teaching her daughters to sew. She has completed many pieces that now adorn the homes of friends and family. As a lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Doris participated in many church functions. She served with the ladies aid, circle, prayer chain and memorial committee, as Dorcas Circle card chairman and also as past memorial secretary.

Other pastimes included spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren, always keeping her door open for all kids in the neighborhood and volunteering at Viking Manor. Doris held memberships with the Homemakers Club, Viking Manor Guild and was a 4-H leader for many years.

Surviving Doris are her husband of 59 years, Donald Eklund of Ulen; three sons, Donald "Ike" (Diane Zurn) Eklund of Detroit Lakes, Conard (Sheila) Eklund of Moorhead and Dean (JoLeen) Eklund of Lake Park; four daughters: Betty (Nolan) Paurus of Wolf Lake, Arloween Eklund and Kathryn (Mark) Syverson, both of Ulen and Shila (Charles) Hilde of Felton, Minn.; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents and a granddaughter.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 4, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ulen, with the Rev. Rolf Aanestad officiating.

Pallbearers were Rory Paurus, Ross Paurus, Kelly Paurus, Jacob Eklund, Craig Syverson, Andrew Eklund, Anthony Eklund and Joshua Hilde. Honorary pallbearers were the staff and residents of the Viking Manor Nursing Home in Ulen.

Burial was in the West Bethlehem Cemetery, rural Ulen. Arrangements were entrusted to the Anderson Funeral Home in Twin Valley. An online guestbook is available at