Eldon “Duke” Himsel

Eldon “Duke” Henry Himsel, 81, and his wife of 61 years, Beverley Jean Himsel, met Jesus together Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Eldon was born March 23, 1933, on the family farm in Verona, to Orville and Emma Himsel. He grew up farming, married his childhood sweetheart and continued on the family farm. He attended and graduated from the police academy in 1968 and became a University of Wisconsin police officer. After leaving the police force, Eldon then drove for Badger Coaches and retired after driving more than 2 million miles.

As a Harley enthusiast, even at the age of 81, Eldon continued to cruise around Wisconsin with friends and groups, but not with Grandma. Eldon volunteered his time and resources for many people and organizations. He enjoyed reading his Bible, cracking jokes, watching Western movies, especially John Wayne, deer hunting, lawn work and leisure car rides with Beverley. But his grandchildren were his passion, attending and chauffeuring them to church, sporting events, musicals, lessons, recitals, and school – basically any place they wanted to go. A highlight was she and Eldon spending individual time with each grandchild on their 13-year-old-trip, anywhere of their choice, in the U.S. His treasured daily, at times hourly, phone calls will be missed by all his children and grandchildren.

Eldon is survived by his children, Beth Strasburg, Steven (Chris) Himsel, Sue Ewers and Mary DeGroot; grandchildren, Christopher and Joshua (Gretchen) Strasburg, Benjamin (Maggie) Himsel, Lacy (Daniel) Blair, and Kyle, Chelsey, Dylan, Logan, Mikayla, and Marcus DeGroot; great-grandchildren, Liam Blair and Jackson Strasburg; siblings, James (Joan), Oliver (Ruth), Laura (Phil) Roethlisberger, Ruth Ann (Merlin) Ager, and Elsie (Stan) Carbaugh; and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Mark.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Memorial Baptist Church, 201 S. Main St., Verona, with the Rev. Kirt Schmidt officiating. A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at Ryan Funeral Home, 220 Enterprise Drive, Verona, and again from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the Verona Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be used toward Sky Lodge Christian Camp and Operation Christmas Child’s shoeboxes. To view and sign the guestbook, visit www.ryanfuneralservice.com.

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