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Roy E. Eblen

Roy E. Eblen


Roy E. Eblen, 75, of Staples, passed away at the Fair Oaks Lodge on July 27, 2013. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church in Motley. The wake was scheduled Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples, with parish prayers at 6:30 p.m., as well as one hour prior to the service at the church.

Roy was born March 4, 1938, in Hancock, Minn., to Clarence and Gladys (Mills) Eblen. He grew up near Alexandria and attended school there. In 1958 he entered the U.S. Army and served in Germany for two years. He returned home in 1960. In 1961, he married Joyce Albee in Alexandria. Roy worked as a farmer most of his life, until he retired in 2006. Roy liked hunting, fishing, spending time with his family and horses. He enjoyed watching bull riding and John Wayne movies.

Roy is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joyce; five daughters, Linda Trousil, Nancy Eblen, Wendy (Denny) Holub, Kathy (Todd) Corner and Carol (Russell Sather) Eblen; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; sisters, Shirley (Dwight) Parker and Frances Mead; step siblings, Calvin (Arlis) Thompson and Sharon Vogel; and his best friend, Buddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Gladys; stepmother, Clara; brother, Floyd Eblen; sister, Fern Reisner; and son-in-law, Bill Trousil.

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Arrangements entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel of Staples.