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Joseph H. Eder, 75 of Colfax passed away peacefully at his home with his wife by his side on Friday, March 22, 2019.

He was born February 18, 1944, in the Town of Howard, the son of Harry & Frances (Sikora) Eder. He graduated in 1962 from Colfax High School. He was united in marriage to Ethel Dorow in 2001, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

Joseph farmed all his life in partnership with his brother Dennis Eder. He spent many hours on his ATV or in his pickup truck taking watch of their farm land. He liked to watch NASCAR, and his favorite driver Tony Stewart.

He collected toy tractors, enjoyed attending auctions and looked forward to any opportunity to socialize in the community. Every Saturday evening you would find him watching Mollie B Polka Party.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel and her children: Bill (Becky) Dorow of Rochester, MN and Cindy (Brian) Lovely of Sun Prairie, WI, along with three grandchildren: Matthew Lovely, Will Dorow III, and Kaytlin Lovely.

He is further survived by his brothers, Dennis, Robert (Janie) and Gerald and two sisters, Mary Eder and Linda Skoug; sister-in-law Mary Eder-Kreye, along with 12 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents Harry & Frances and his brother David.

Special thanks to Philip Schindler and Pat Morning for calling Joe every day to check in and keep up with the local news. Also, to his brother, Butch for always being there as his number one supporter.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 28, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cooks Valley with Father Victor Feltes celebrating the Mass. Burial will be held in the spring in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Sojourner House in Eau Claire.

Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer is serving the family.

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