Elroy Hexum, age 89, a resident of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, died Saturday, October 22, 2022, at Pelican Valley Senior Living, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota surrounded by family and friends.
Elroy Donald Hexum was born on July 11, 1933, to Thoralf and Irene (Sateren) Hexum in Fergus Falls, MN. Elroy grew up near Long Lake by Erhard, MN. He attended and graduated from Pelican Rapids High School. After graduating, Elroy attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, St. Paul, MN in 1957. Elroy moved back to Pelican Rapids where he became partners with Dick Lyon. He worked as a veterinarian for more than 40 years. Elroy was united in marriage to Rosetta Senn at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids, MN on September 18th, 1954. Rosetta Hexum passed away on March 10, 2014.
To help pay for college Elroy played his accordion on streets, bars, and dance halls. Elroy was involved with the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, and he also played the accordion at the annual conventions. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He also was a former member of the Pelican Rapids City Council. He was active in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Pelican Lions, Pelican Rapids Masons and the Pelican Rapids Fire Department. Elroy enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, bowling, and golf. He was a devoted Pelican Rapids High School sports fan.
Elroy is survived by his children: Denise (Mike) Magnusson, Paul (Joni) Hexum, Carol (Dan) Grabow; 7 grandchildren: (Denise and Mike’s) Brent (Jillian) Magnusson with their children: Teyah, Leo, and Noah; Angie (Rupert Eyles) Magnusson, and Rachael (Michael Worley) Magnusson, (Paul and Joni’s) Kaitlin (Jack) Zarovy, and Nickolas Hexum, (Carol and Dan’s) Charlie Grabow and Ellie Grabow, sisters-in-law: Isabelle Mavis, brothers-in-law Paul (Kates) Senn, and Ron Welch; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Elroy is preceded in death by his wife Rosetta, sister Eileen (Norval) Wilson and niece Kathy Wilson (Tangen). Also preceding him in death were brothers and sister in laws, Willis Mavis, Loretta Welch, Joann and Alwin Spencer, Patricia and Jerry Sheldon and Clifford and Ila Senn.
Masonic Service: Tuesday, November 15th, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.
Visitation: Wednesday, November 16th, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.
Memorial Service: 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 16th, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota with Pastor Eric Schwirian and Allen Westby, S.A.M. officiating.
Burial: Ringsaker Cemetery, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.
Gifts favored to Trinity Lutheran Church Youth, Pelican Rapids