EilandENNIS—Funeral services for Elmer Levy Eiland, 92, of Waxahachie, were held Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Boze-Mitche ll-McKibbin Chapel in Ennis with Chaplain Kirk Curry offi- ciating. Interm ent was at Bristol Cemetery in Bristol.
He was born April 13, 1917, in the Gay Hill community near Rockdale to Calvin Levy Eiland and Freida Annie Henke Eiland.
Mr. Eiland was a fruit and vegetable farmer and worked briefly in Houston before joining the U.S. Army in February 1941.
He served with the 36th Division in North Africa, Italy, France, Germany and Central Europe until July 1945. Mr. Eiland was a medic on the front lines. He was awarded many medals, including the Bronze Star.
He married his sweetheart, Olga Rose Kamenicky, on March 23, 1946.
By July 1946, Mr. Eiland landed a job with Oak Farms Dairies in Dallas and soon added three children to the family.
In 1977, he retired and moved with Olga to a small farm in Bristol.
Mr. Eiland enjoyed traveling and gardening.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings, Thelmer Staf felbach, Elber t Eiland, Margaret Lee Gifford, Lona Whiteley and Calvin Eiland Jr.
Survivors are his wife of 64 years, Olga; three children, David Eiland of Bristol, Diane Eiland, Debra Eiland Turner and husband Wayne, all of Waxahachie; and two sisters, Euteva Talley of Rockdale and Lois Wilkins of Hearne.
Pallbearers were Phillips Turner, Pat Whiteley, Marc Tyroch, Mike Whiteley, Gary Hardy and Charlie Wagliardo.
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