Elden Giles Earlley, age 75, of Wilsonville, Nebraska

Elden Giles Earlley, age 75, of Wilsonville, Nebraska passed away at his daughter's home in Waverly, Nebraska after a three year battle with COPD on Thursday, April 10th, 2014. He was born on August 15, 1938, on a farmstead near Norcatur, Kansas to Glenn and Edith (Dicks) Earlley.

He attended elementary school and his freshmen year of high school in Norcatur. In 1953, the family moved their farming and cattle operation to Wilsonville, where Elden attended high school for two years. He graduated from Holbrook High School with the class of 1956. Elden joined the Nebraska National Guard in McCook. After high school, he began his life long occupation as a soil conservationist, farmer, and steward of the land. During this time, he assisted his father with his farming operation while starting his own. He married Mariann Vreugdenhil on October 6th, 1963 at a country church near Akron, Iowa. Elden raised and sold Nebraska certified seed wheat for over thirty years. They received outstanding soil and water conservation stewards in July 1993. The same year, the Lower Republican Natural Resources District awarded the couple with their conservation award. The Republican Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever awarded them conservationist of the year in 2010. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska.
Elden was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Mariann Earlley of Wilsonville, Nebraska
5 daughters: Dawn Wright and husband Bill of Scott City, Kansas, April Ondrak and husband Jerry of Shelton, Nebraska, Alison Warner and husband Randy of Waverly, Nebraska, Amber Sarnecki and husband Jason of Salina, Kansas, Marla Brown and husband Dan of Kearney.
2 Grandsons: Remington & Sterling Wright

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

Viewing and Visitation will be Monday, April 14th, 2014 from 10 AM to 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe, Nebraska with family present from 6-8 PM and prior to the service at the church.

Funeral services will be at 10 AM on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe with Rev. James Moshier, officiating.

Interment will be at the Norton cemetery in Norton, Kansas with Military rites by the Nebraska National Guard Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to the American Lung Association.

Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe is in charge of the arrangements.

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