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 Baton Rouge, La. - Buddy Elofson went to be with Jesus on Monday, August 16, 2005, with his wife by his side. He was 71.
 Rodger “Buddy” Harold Elofson was born on June 6, 1934, in Thief River Falls, to Harold and Alma (Thune) Elofson. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. He worshiped God until his death, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Baton Rouge.
 He graduated high school from Pillsbury Military Academy in Owatonna in 1954 and received a B.S. degree from the University of North Dakota in 1958.
 Buddy and “Cissy” (Alice) eloped on January 28, 1957. They were blessed with 48 years of wonderful marriage and six children, Lari, Cari, Mari, Rodger II (“Bucky”), Lisa Dilldine and “Little” John.
 While Buddy knew no stranger, he was a family man, known for his deep devotion for his wife, his children and his grandchildren, who lovingly called him “Poppy.” He will be dearly missed for his loving and generous spirit as well as his goofy magic tricks, silly comments and loving backrubs.
 Buddy served his country as a captain in the United States Marine Corp. and was honorably discharged after his service to his country. Buddy truly believed the Marine Credo, “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.”
 An athlete and outdoorsman, Buddy loved golf, tennis, hunting, fishing and even square dancing. He had a passion for restoring antique Ford cars and served as President of the Red Stick Chapter of the Ford Model A Club of America, with his long-time friend “Big” John Langlois. He played bridge three times a week up to the week before his death.
 It has been almost 12 years since he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had the first of many heart attacks. In 1993, Buddy was given one year to live. Known for getting the last word he refused to die, “Because someone told him to.”
 He is survived by his wife, Cissy; children, Rodger “Bucky” Elofson, Lisa Dilldine and John Elofson; nine grandchildren; sister, Barbara Cannizzaro and many nieces.
 He was preceded in death by triplets, Lari, Cari and Mary; his parents and sister, Marlys McConnell.
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