• Most of the photos in this section are obtained from Jean Siirila and her helpers on the showbook committee. Thank you Jean and crew!

Larry Elton

M Kerkvliet

WMSTR Past President
Administrator
WMSTR Lifetime Member
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Norman Larry Elton
1939 - 2021


Norman Larry Elton was born at home south of Audubon, April 30, 1939 to Norman Alfred Helmer Elton and Inez Violet (Gullick) Elton. He was born in a log house, the 4th of 6 children.
In 1943 they moved to a farm north of Audubon where he attended country school. He attended Audubon high school, was captain of the football team and graduated in 1957. That fall he went to work for the ND Highway Department. In 1961, he enlisted in the army and was stationed in Virginia. After 3 1/2 years he was honorably discharged at the request of the Highway Department so he could help build I94 in Fargo. He met Anne Lynor Parent the summer of 1965 and they were married July 1966 in Anne’s hometown of Ortonville, MN.
Their son David was born in 1967. After making their home in Fargo for several years they moved to a farm north of Hawley in 1972. Once in Hawley he and Anne became involved with the Hawley Rodeo, Hawley Golden Riders and Stablemates 4H club. Larry was rodeo chairman several times over the years including 1975 when their daughter Amy was born. He retired in 2001. Larry had a lifelong love of Farmall tractors and horses, training many over the years and showing in local shows and trail rides. As a Hawley Golden Rider he started volunteering at WMSTR in Rollag every Labor Day and they enjoyed their long weekend there every year. He and Anne were active members in their community and members of Hawley Lutheran Church. Larry was a member of the Hawley Community Club, Rodeo committee and Legion, helping with Memorial Day services. He was always willing to lend a hand, borrow tools, have a cup of coffee or share a bag of licorice.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters and 1 brother. Larry leaves behind his wife Anne of Hawley, son David & Jennifer Elton, daughter Amy & Ryan Anderson as well as grandchildren Olivia, Ethan, Claire and Abby, as well as sister Donna Callahan, brother Curtis Elton and many nieces and nephews. Service to be announced.
 

M Kerkvliet

WMSTR Past President
Administrator
WMSTR Lifetime Member
Larry was a fixture on the WMSTR show grounds.

He and his wife Anne attended nearly every board meeting and usually had input. He was our main line of communication between the Hawley Golden Riders and WMSTR. He also took care of the parking lot, letting us know where attention was needed and often when given the resources he took care of repairs himself. He led the crew taking care of the parking during the show. That is something the WMSTR members (Though many the GR members are also WMSTR members) did not have to worry about. Larry and the Golden Riders crew took care of everything until our guests got to our west gate.

Larry also led the effort to build the Golden Riders club house and kept up on the maintenance of the same.

Larry and Anne led the effort to find us the latest meeting place for WMSTR annual meetings, the Hawley Lutheran Church. Plans are to keep having those meetings at that location as long as they will have us.

He leaves some big shoes to fill.

Anne and family, we are all so sorry for your loss. May Larry rest in peace.
 

Jerry Christiansen

Mega Poster
WMSTR Lifetime Member
Mark,

Thanks for posting this and adding the tribute to Larry.
All I can add is Ditto to what Mark said.

Larry, rest in peace. Larry's family, find peace in good memories of a good man.

Jerry Christiansen
 
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