Eldon Arthur Kintzi, 92, of St. James died on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018
Eldon Arthur Kintzi, 92, of St. James died on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System- St. James. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Albion Lutheran Church, rural St. James, with Rev. Robert Springer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the St. James Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church one hour before services on Tuesday. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Eldon was born July 27, 1926 in Nelson Township to Albert and Marie (Knudson) Kintzi. He was baptized and confirmed at Albion Lutheran Church where he was a lifelong member. He graduated from St. James High School in 1944. He entered the army in January 1945 serving in Company M, 17th Infantry, Asiatic Pacific Theater, being honorably discharged in November 1946. After his discharge from the army he returned home to farm with his father, Albert, until his father’s death in 1960. Eldon married Goldie Chute on Oct. 1, 1950 at the Lake Hanska Lutheran Parsonage. Following their marriage they resided in Nelson Township for 68 years, first living with his parents for 5 years and then moving across the field to their current farmstead. Eldon farmed his entire life and constructed cabinets and many other woodworking items. He enjoyed working the soil, planting crops, gardening, and harvesting; at one time they even raised beef cattle. Many people were recipients of his abundant produce. He was coined the “lawn ranger” by his family as he manicured his large lawn, leaving their place looking like an oasis. He had a love of baseball, playing the game at a young age and later following the Twins and other baseball teams. He was a master at baseball trivia. He held many board positions at Albion Lutheran Church and was a former member of the LaSalle Locker Board. He was a supporter of the Godahl Store serving as Board member at one time and where he met his future wife, Goldie, who was employed there as a clerk. Eldon will be remembered for his kind, gentle, generous, and humble personality. His memory and love will live on in the hearts of all those who loved him so much.
Eldon is survived by his wife, Goldie of St. James; daughters: Susan (Rich) Enger and Debbie (Frank) Schmillen of St. James and LuAnne Peterson of North Mankato. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Sean Allen, Heather Allen, Melissa Wilson, Andrew Peterson, and Chelsea Schmillen and great-grandchildren, Michael, Addison, Aubrey, Jude and Milan. He is also survived by many other nieces, nephews, and cousins, including special nephews and nieces and their families, Jill Hanson, Wayne (Gwen) Rossbach, Doug Rossbach and Nancy (Dave) Drummer. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law, Vera & Harold Rossbach and nephew Thomas Rossbach.