Elden L. Happel

Nov 13, 2021
Happel, Elden


Funeral Services:  10:00am Thursday, November 18, 2021, at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Evansdale.



Visitation will be from 4-7 Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at the Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo



Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo. 


Memorials are directed to the family; Cards sent to the funeral home will be forwarded to the family.


     Elden L. Happel 84, of Cedar Falls, died Friday, November 12, 2021, at UPH Allen Hospital.

He was born March 28, 1937, in Denver, son of Elmer and Elaine (Thurm) Happel. He graduated from East Waterloo High School in 1955. Eldon served in the United States Army, receiving an honorable discharge. He married Bonnie E. Larson August 2, 1964, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Evansdale.

     Elden worked for Soderberg Inc. as an Optician for 45 years, retiring in 1999. In 2000, Elden began working part-time at Mauer Eye Care, completing 61 years as an Optician. Elden was an active member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Elden was confirmed in 1951 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Waterloo. He was a member of the Black Hawk County Street Machine Club. He restored a 1951 Nash along with his friend Ray. He enjoyed going to races with his friend Bob and trading toys with Dave.

     He is survived by his wife Bonnie, Cedar Falls; daughter, Denise (Perry) Gerloff, Belton, MO; two sons, Kent (Heidi) Happel, Emporia, KS and Joel (Karen) Happel, Rydal, GA; five grandchildren, Blake, Erin, Tori, Joel Jr. And Nick; five great grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Jerry) Walter, Cedar Falls, Jane Hambly, Cedar Falls, and Karen (Gerald) Gardner, Waterloo. and brother, Arlen (Mary) Happel, Hudson.

     Elden is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harvey; and brother-in-law Bill.

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  1. Nick and Jane Goodin | Nov 16, 2021
    So sorry to hear of Elden’s passing. He will be greatly missed at POP. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Bonnie, and your family. We wish we could attend the services.
  2. Claudia Hovden | Nov 14, 2021
    Bonnie.. Alex and I were so sorry to see about Elden's passing.  We will always remember the good times and adventures at "Pond Club" and then seeing you at Hy-Vee.  Take care..
    Claudia & Alex Hovden
  3. Becky Robert | Nov 14, 2021

    Bonnie and family, sorry to hear of Elden’s passing. My thoughts are with you and will keep you in my prayers. Keep the happy memories close to your heart.

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