Written by Wolf Point Herald
William H. Eder Sr., 82, of Poplar, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Malta at the Hi-Line Retirement Home.
He was born Feb. 2, 1930, in Veblen, S.D., to the late Mildred LaCroix and William M. Eder. He was raised in Blair and later moved to Poplar where he attended school.
At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served for nine years. He was honorably discharged.
He was joined in marriage to Lillian Bruguier and to this union his sons were born, William Jr. and Forrest.
In 1971, he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. In July 1972, he married JoAnn Bateson. To this union, a daughter, Rosie, was born. He made his home in Salt Lake for 18 years.
He worked several years as an avid carpenter and passed this trade along to his sons. He also worked at Indian Health Services, Fort Peck Housing and the U.S. Census.
In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, camping, playing Bingo and doing crossword puzzles and loved watching his favorite teams, the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Vikings play on TV. He also loved watching his great-grandchildren play sports and attending their school activities. He donated to many charities, including the St. Labre Indian School and the Veterans Administration.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Eder.
He is survived by his children, William Eder Jr., Forrest Eder and Eric Bruguier, all of Wolf Point, Rosie Eder of Salt Lake City, Utah, Father Julian Nix of Bismarck, N.D., and Angeline Iron Cloud of Gillette, Wyo.; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Monday, Sept. 10, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Inurnment was at Greenwood Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.