FAIRMONT - Memorial services for Dr. Fay A. Elbert, 91, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. Inurnment with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and the Martin County VFW Post 1222 will follow at Lake Fremont Cemetery near Dunnell, Minn.
Dr. Elbert passed away Saturday evening, Jan. 5, 2013, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Lakeview Funeral Home. There will be a luncheon served during the visitation for family and friends from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, also at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont.
Fay Alfred Elbert was born May 2, 1921, in Rolfe, Iowa, the son of Chet and Elsie (Burr) Elbert. Fay attended school in Sherburn and graduated from the Sherburn High School. On Sept. 15, 1942, Fay entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II and built air fields in the European, African and Middle Eastern theaters. He was honorably discharged in November 1945. He then attended the Chicago Optometry College and was united in marriage to Lois L. Willey on Dec. 3, 1946, in Estherville, Iowa. He graduated from the Chicago Optometry College in 1949. Dr. Elbert was an optometrist in Fairmont for many years where they raised their family. Lois passed away in 1998.
Dr. Elbert was a lifelong member of the Martin County VFW Post 1222 and a former member of the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36, and attended Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont. Over the years, Dr. Elbert enjoyed photography, deer hunting, fishing and woodworking.
Those who will cherish his memory include four children and their families, Doug Elbert and his wife, Janice, of Dunnell, Minn., and their sons, Dan and John; Philip Elbert and his wife, Annabelle, of Fairmont, Minn., and their children, Chris and Alexis; Debra Innis and her husband, Terry, of Irving, Calif.; Rhonda Campbell and her husband, Rich, of Holland, Mich., and their son, Joshua; nieces, Georgia M. Angell of Bloomington, Minn., Mary Dybevik of Prior Lake, Minn.; other relative and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois Elbert; brothers, Frank and Von Elbert; and sisters, Vera Register and Verda Silcox.
Memorials are preferred to the Parkinson's Research Foundation.