Duane Dale Eller 1945 – 2017

Duane Dale Eller of Dillon Montana passed away October 4, after a long, courageous battle with metastatic prostate cancer.

He was born April 5, 1945, in Grangeville, Idaho, to Dale and Willetta (Carlson) Eller.

He attended grade school and high school in Nezperce, Idaho. During high school he worked for the state of Idaho and when he turned 18 the National Forrest Service. He attended Butte Business College in Butte, Montana, where he met the love of his life, Joyce Marie Smith. They had been married for 53 years.

He was drafted in 1966 into the US Army, where he served in Germany before being honorably discharged. After his discharge he worked on his wife’s family ranch in Twin Bridges until it sold, then he went to work for Coast to Coast, Quality Supply and, eventually, Rocky Mountain Supply in Dillon, before his health forced him to retire in 2011.

He is survived by: his wife and children, Stephanie Eller, of Dillon, Chris & Nicole (Eller) Booth, of Dillon, and Jerrod Eller and Jenn Hyett, of Belgrade; three grandsons, Ronnie Freeman, Michael & Sara Eller, Kyle Eller & Cheyenne Sands; and two granddaughters, Alex Eller and “G” Eller; and he was looking forward to meeting his future great grandbaby Eller next spring. He is also survived by: sisters Becky Eller, of Lewiston ID, Janine & Ron Porter, of Coeur d’alene ID, and Lori & Barry Estes, of Boise, ID; brother Timothy Eller, of Nezperce, ID; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; sister Sharlyne Dinell; infant sister Kathleen Eller; and nephew Mike Porter.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Monday, October 9, at Brundage Funeral Chapel in Dillon.

Memorials in his honor can be made to the Dillon Cubs, American Legion or American Cancer Society.

A guestbook is available at www.brundagefuneralhome.com.