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Robert J. Eiler June 28, 1925 - Oct. 25, 2008

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BIRD ISLAND -- Robert John Eiler, 83, of Bird Island died Saturday at his home.

The service will be at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bird Island. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Bird Island and will continue for one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Memorials are preferred to Renville County Hospice.

He was born June 28, 1925, in St. Paul to John and Mathilda (Piepiorka) Eiler of Bird Island. He attended St. Mary's School in Bird Island.

He married Lucille Tersteeg on Nov. 14, 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1956 and then returned to Bird Island. They farmed in Bird Island for many years and retired in 1988.

He married Vivan Dannewitz on Feb. 27, 1998.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Catholic Foresters, the VFW, and the Renville County Agricultural Society.

He is survived by his wife; children: Theresa (and Larry) Roering of St. Cloud, James (and Jan) Eiler of Hutchinson, Steven Eiler of Bird Island, Patricia Eiler of Olivia, Dennis Eiler of Bird Island and Allen (and Karen) Eiler of Olivia; stepchildren: Donna (and Lee) Reese of Minnetonka, Larry (and Arlene) Dannewitz of California, William Dannewitz of Bird Island and Robert (and Nancy) Dannewitz of Montana; siblings: Elaine (and Frank) Lindell of Cold Spring, Dorothy (and Roger) Lippert of Willmar, Florence (and Mert) Gustad of New Ulm and Richard (and Norma) Eiler of Bird Island; 11 grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and 15 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife in 1994.

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