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Elwood Beidler, 75, or Orient, S.D., died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004 at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

His funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Liborius Church in Polo with Fr. John Helmueller officiating. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Polo.

Elwood William Beidler was born February, 4, 1929 at Robesonia, Pa., to Robert and Marion (Shell) Beidler. He attended school in Burkes County, Pennsylvania. At the age of 16, he came to South Dakota and worked as a farm hand for Jack Wilhelm. In 1948, he and his brother, Carl, started farming near Miranda.

In 1951, he entered the U.S. Army. He served two years in Germany during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge in May 1953, he returned to farm in Miranda.

He married Mary Ann Wieseler on November 8, 1955 at St. Liborius Catholic Church. They farmed in the Miranda area until 1962 when they moved to a farm four miles south of Orient, where they raised four boys and two girls. In 1991, they moved to Polo where they resided until the time of his death.

He was a lifetime member of the Faulkton VFW for 42 years, a member of the Richard Clement Post 299 in Polo, St. Liborius Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus of Polo, president of Hand County NFO, and served on the Parochial School board, Polo Public School board and Farmers Oil board. He enjoyed attending sporting activities, playing cards and visiting friends.

Privileged to have shared a part in Elwood's life are his wife of 49 years, Mary Ann of Orient; six children, Marilyn (Gary) Campbell of Frankfort, Marvin (Tracy) Beidler of Miranda, Richard Beidler of Orient, James (Diane) Beidler of Orient, Carol Jean (Jason) Poppens of Brandon and Brian Beidler of Orient; 11 grandchildren, two
step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four step-great-grandchildren, four sisters, and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Russell, Carl and George and one sister, Catherine.