Douglas Allen Eller passed away peacefully at his home in Niceville, FL on April 1, 2020 at the age of 88. His great-grandchildren nicknamed him “Grandpa the Great” and he truly lived up to that moniker. An active member in his local Assemblies of God church, Doug was known for his quiet steadfastness, servant’s heart, and dry sense of humor. He loved any opportunity to tinker, especially if it was for someone in need.
Born in his grandmother's home in Artesia, South Dakota on November 4, 1931, Doug was the second child of Archie Eller and Glenita Bucher Eller Smith, both of whom preceded him in death as well as his brother, Donald Eller, beloved wife of 57 years, Phyllis Ann Olson Eller, and grandson, John Andrew Peebles.
At age 18, Doug worked on a freighter ship for a railroad company in Great Lakes before enlisting in the US Army 7 months later. He proudly served his country for the next 2 years where he met and fell in love with Phyllis. They were married in CA shortly before his separation from the military. The couple went on to have 5 children together: Donald, Jo-Lynn, Darrell, Cathy, and Duane.
Besides his role as father, over the next three and a half decades, Mr. Eller was first employed as a lineman for the city of Minneapolis and then full-time firefighter. He and Phyllis also owned and operated an 80-acre farm in Grove City, MN which included raising and showing horses, as well as providing many hours of fun snowmobiling and exploring for his grandchildren.
When Doug retired from the fire department in September 1988, he and Phyllis took the opportunity to travel extensively around the United States in their RV, often stopping to meet other Eller’s. They became snowbirds in Destin, later settling in their final home in Niceville, FL.
Mr. Eller is survived by his 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. His legacy is one of great faith, unconditional love, and a strong work ethic.
A private graveside service for immediate family only, due to the restrictions related to COVID-19. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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