Dan Elwood, 70, formerly of Spring Valley

Dan Eugene Elwood, 70, of Estherville, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

He was born on Sept. 21, 1948, to Fred and Bernice “Bea” Elwood in Estherville, Iowa.

He attended and graduated from Estherville High School. He attended Iowa Lakes Community College and then transferred to Central College in Pella, Iowa where he graduated.

He was united in marriage to Susan Rouse on Feb. 7, 1970, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville, Iowa. The couple had two children, Amy and Megan. The couple later divorced.

After college, he moved to Graettinger, Iowa, and then to Sargent Bluff, Iowa, for a short time. He eventually moved to Spring Valley where he settled and raised his family. He would later move to Madison, Minn., for work. He found his way back to Estherville, Iowa, where he has made his home for the last 18 years.

He was a city administrator for 20 years and 15 of those years were in Spring Valley. He was also a past board member of League of Minnesota Cities and past president of Minnesota Association of Small Cities. After his retirement from city administration and his move back to Estherville, he continued to do some consulting work for small cities in Minnesota. He then went to work at Forest Ridge Youth Services in Estherville for a few years before he fully retired. He enjoyed his work at Forest Ridge and found joy in talking to and helping the young girls at the facility.

He had a big heart and was a huge animal lover, especially his dogs. He enjoyed spending time outdoors boating, hunting, riding his motorcycle, driving his Corvette and watching wildlife. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He enjoyed telling jokes and was an avid storyteller. He always enjoyed watching football and Iowa Hawkeye basketball. He loved watching his girls’ sporting events when they were younger and always wanted to help out by being the first base coach for softball or the line judge for volleyball games. He enjoyed helping and teaching whenever he could.

He is survived by his daughters, Amy (Ron) Koebke and Megan (John) Struthers; grandchildren, Cole, Alyssa, Haley and Justin; sister, Dee (Gary) Spillman; niece, Danette (Chris) Demann; nephew, David (Robyn) Spillman; great-niece and nephews, Samantha, Jacob and Travis; special friend, Susie Jacobson and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Fred, Jr.

A funeral service for him was held on Monday, Oct. 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Estherville, Iowa, with the Rev. Cole McCormick officiating.

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