Eddy Lane Elsberry

May 23, 1993 ~ November 2, 2012

Eddy Lane Elsberry, 19, Valley Springs, was taken from us suddenly, Friday Nov 2, 2012, after a traffic accident in Sioux Falls.

Eddy Lane Elsberry’s Memorial Fundraiser is planned for February 17th 2013 starting at 12:00 pm (noon) at the D & D Bar in Brandon.
There will be music and food, door prizes, raffles, auction items.

We are raising money so Eddy’s family can pay all the final expenses and to help them get past the most devastating part of their lives, losing their only son in a fatal car accident.

If you knew Eddy, please come… If you didnt know Eddy, please come anyway. Help make this event a success. Listen to the song written for Eddy, Eat, and Bid. If you have something to donate bring it along; if you cant be there, please contact Robyn S Freedom Flickinger at rsfreedom@hotmail.com or call 605 854 9170. We are looking for items for the auction/raffles. Thank You for your support.

Eddy Lane was born May 23, 1993, to parents Rosie Purcell and Keith Elsberry in Watertown, SD. He attended preschool in Lennox, kindergarten in Canton, 1st grade in Beaver Creek, MN, 2nd to 5th grade in Valley Springs Elementary in Valley Springs, and the rest of his school career was in Brandon.

Eddy Lane worked with his father, Keith Elsberry at Elsberry Construction learning the family business, from the time he was old enough to hold a hammer. He loved to work with his dad and when he could, he would jump in to help his friends. Eddy would be there for any friend with no hesitation, working on cars or helping friends move. Whatever they needed, he was always there with a mischievous smile and occasionally a half baked idea for some fun that his mom may or may not approve of.

Eddy Lane had a lot of passions in life; first and for most was his friends and family. He touched a lot of people in his short life. He grew up in the pits of the mud races cheering on his dad and his uncle, Don. They were the Ugly Bro’s race team.

Those grateful for sharing his life include his mom, Rosie Purcell of Valley Springs, and his dad, Keith Elsberry of Brandon; his sisters, Jenna (Curt) Lewandowski of Watertown and Anna (Daniel) Koch of Lennox; his best friends, Trevor (aka Buck) Buckholz of Valley Springs, SD, Brandon (aka WATTers) Watters of Valley Springs, Colton (aka Coltron) Olofson, and all of his other close friends; his grandmother, Vonnie Elsberry of Coon Rapids, MN; his aunts and uncles, Shirley (Stacy) Thaden of Marvin, Clarissa Purcell of Canastota, Betty (Steve) Seifert of Scotland, Dan Elsberry of Coon Rapids, MN, Don (Freedom) Flickinger of DeSmet; Michael (Jennifer) Reinhardt; cousins, Jessica Reinhardt, Christina Thaden, Tabitha Thaden, Fleesha (Parker) Willfong, Mollie Murry, Amanda Seifert, Ashley Seifert, Amber Seifert, Daniel Elsberry Jr; Eddy’s godson, Ashton Edward Lewandowski; and many other extended family members; and one other person special to Eddy, his guardian angel, Greg Johnson.

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  • colten sandmeier says:

    I’m so sorry my friend you will be greatly missed the time I got to know you was the best so very sorry I miss you already. I HAVE NO MORE WORDS I’M AT A LOSS. Take care my friend your in better hands now. Miss you bro!!

  • I am so sorry for your loss He was Brandons best friend and he will be greatly missed

    FOR YOU EDDY !!!

    _ To my dearest family,
    Some things i’d like to say
    But first of all to let you know
    That i arrived OK.

    Im writing this from Heaven,
    Where i dwell with God above
    Where theres no more tears or sadness.
    There is just eternal love.

    Please do not be unhappy
    Just because I’m out of sight;
    Remember that I’m with you,
    Every morning, noon and night.

    That day i had to leave you
    When my life on earth was through
    God picked me up and hugged me
    And he said I welcome you.

    Its good to have you back again
    You were missed while you were gone
    As for your dearest family
    They’ll be here later on.

    I need you here so badly
    As part of My big plan,
    There’s so much that we have to do,
    To help our mortal man.

    Then God gave me a list of things
    He wished for me to do,
    And foremost on that list of mine,
    Is to watch and care for you.

    And i will be beside you,
    Every day, week and year,
    And when your sad i’m standing there
    To wipe away the tear.

    And when you lie in bed at night,
    The day’s chores put to flight,
    God and I closer to you
    In the middle of the night.

    When you think of my life on earth
    And all those living years,
    Because your only human
    They are bound to bring you tears.

    But do not be afraid to cry,
    It dose relieve the pain;
    Remember there would be no flowers
    Unless there was some rain.

    I wish that i could tell you
    Of all that God has planned,
    But if i were to tell you,
    You wouldn’t understand.

    But one thing is for certain
    Though my life on earth is over,
    I’m closer to you now
    Then i ever was before.

    And to my very many friends
    Trust God knows what is best
    I’m still not far away from you
    I’m just beyond the crest.

    There are rocky roads ahead of you
    And many hills to climb,
    But together we can do it,
    Taking one day at a time.

    It was always my philosophy
    And i’d like it for you too
    That as you give unto the World
    So the world will give to you.

    If you can help somebody
    Who’s in sorrow or in pain,
    Then you can say to god at night
    My day was not in vain.

    And now i am contended
    That my life it was worth while
    Knowing that i passed along the way
    I made somebody smile.

    So if you meet somebody
    Who is down and feeling low
    Just lend a hand to pick him up
    As on your way you go.

    When you are walking down the street
    And you’ve got me on your mind
    I’m walking in your footsteps
    Only half a step behind.

    And when you feel that gentle breeze
    Or the wind apon your face
    Thats me giving you a great big hug
    Or just a soft embrace

    And when its time for you to go
    From that body to be free
    Remenber you are not going
    You are coming here to me.

    And i will always love you
    From the land way up apove,
    Will be in touch soon
    P.S. God sends HIS LOVE

  • Michelle Gehrman says:

    I am so sorry for your loss! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • pam says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with You, Keith and Rosie during this very difficult time.

  • Kari Haberl says:

    So sorry for your loss. Eddy was friends with both my girls (Courtney and Shaylee) and spent quite a bit of time at our house. He was always very respectful and always wanting to help out. We will be thinking of you all and praying for you also.


    Kari, Courtney, Shaylee and Tracy Haberl

  • My sympathy is with Eddy’s family as you go through this valley in life. Know that God is with you along the way and he will be your strength. My son, Derek Mentele was friends with Eddy and he called me the morning after the accident crying to tell me that he had lost a friend. My heart breaks for you at this time and you will be lifted high in prayer. May God give you understanding, peace and strength as you endure this terrible loss.

  • Janie Olson says:

    Eddy, The first time Derek introduced you to me I said that I thought what a very nice friend Derek had. Everytime I saw you you were so full of life. When we heard about your accident we didn’t want to believe it. You will never be forgotten and you will always be loved by so many. R.I.P. eddy God bless your family

  • Jodi Ackerman says:

    My sympathies to the family. I do remember Eddy, as I teach at H-BC. I am the music teacher. Eddy always had a smile on his face, and seemed to love life even at an early age. Our prayers are with you.
    Jodi Ackerman

  • Larry and Carol Christensen says:

    Our deepest sympathies to Eddy’s family, We remember him from the mud races when he would play with Pete! Our Prayers are with you. Larry and Carol Christensen(Bad Cat)

  • dennis hanson says:

    Sorry to hear about your son you’ll be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Mike & Wendy Kuehn says:

    Keith, Rosie, Family & Friends:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of you.
    No words can be spoken, that will ease the pain. .
    No one will understand your heartache. .
    We can moarn with you when you moarn, and cry with you when you cry. .
    We can only lift you all up in our prayers, and keep you in our thoughts.
    Eddie made his mark in our lives back in the mud racing days. He was so full of life, and such a great kid. His character was fun, and outgoing!( We knew him as a kid.) We have no doubt that he was a great, fun, and outgoing teen/ young adult.
    Our hearts go out to you all, Sincerely ~ Michael, Wendy, Brianna & Bailey Kuehn ( Bad Influence )

  • RS Freedom Flickinger says:

    Eddie… you know we love you… and your mom and dad… they say you cant pick your family… but we got to… glad you are family… will miss you soooo much… found this poem awhile back… it reminds me of me… but it also reminds me of you…

    When I say that ‘I am a Christian’, I am not shouting that ‘I am clean living.
    I’m whispering ‘I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.’

    When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I don’t speak of this with pride.
    I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

    When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not trying to be strong.
    I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.

    When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not bragging of success.
    I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

    When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not claiming to be perfect.
    My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

    When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I still feel the sting of pain.
    I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

    When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not holier than thou,
    I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow!

    miss you Eddy… is going to be tough… but we know you are going to watch over all of us… (what a job that is going to be)

  • Allison Kueter says:

    To the family of Eddy Elsberry. I want to express my deepest sympathies for your loss. Rosie and Keith, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you face this very difficult time. Although he maybe gone he will live in your hearts forever. He is in a better place now.

  • Jacob says:

    Eddy I can’t believe u are gone!! You will be missed from everyone!! My prayers got to u and your family!!

  • Allison Kueter says:

    For the family of Eddy, I want to express my deepest sympathies for your loss. Although he may be gone he will live in your hearts forever. He is in a better place now.

  • Tracy Barrett says:

    I just want to send my deepest thoughts and prayers to Rosie and her family! I could not believe it when I heard, and I cannot even try to understand how you feel right now. Ironically it was relatives of mine in the accident as well, I am sad about them but more sad for Rosie because my family will be ok and your life will never be the same. Just remember no matter what I and my family are here for you!!

  • Chad Ray says:

    My deepest sympathies to Eddy’s family. He as a great kid and will be missed by many.

  • Jim and Paula Goblish says:

    Rosie and Keith,
    Our heartfelt sympathy to both of you. You are all in our prayers.
    Jim, Paula and Nate Goblish

  • Rana Reisch says:

    Such a handsome young man, Eddy Lane. We will miss seeing him driving around town. Many great memories had by all who knew him. Much Peace and Love to all the family!

  • Hailey Johnson says:

    Eddy Elsberry; the one person who was there for everybody, no matter what situation they were in. He always had his cheerful smile on, & he was always willing to work towards a brighter future.

    Eddy, you’re greatly loved & missed.

  • Patt and Bob Fleming says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. W e remember Eddy as just a youngster in the pits at the drags with his dad , uncle and our son Chris. He was always so much fun. We understand your pain at this time as we lost our son Micah in a car accident in March of this year. OUr hearts and prayers are with you.Gods grace is sufficent. That phrase got me thru , hope it is a help to you.

  • Jolene Buckholtz says:

    I can’t imagine loosing someone in the family so young and so unexpectedly!
    Eddy & Trev seemed to be there for each other through thick and thin times over the years like good friends do. I remember Eddy eating over at our place different times before the two were off running somewhere – he will be missed by many!
    Hopefully the memories help you get through the coming days – do take care from Trevor’s Grandma

  • Crystal Fulk says:

    Thinking of you Keith and Rosie…Eddy will b missed by all that had the chance to know him. He will always be remembered and remain in our hearts. With love, Crystal, Mackenzie, and Michelle.

  • Sam Tapp (Gibbons) says:

    Rosie & Family,
    I am so deeply saddened to hear of Eddy’s passing, my heart goes out to you all! May God hold you close during these horrific days! You have been in my thoughts and prayers constantly… I never met Eddy, but Rosie, I’ve known you forever and my heart is on a million pieces for you! I will continue to pray for you all….

    God Bless,

  • Merle and Debbie Beck says:

    So sorry to hear about Eddy, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Karel Amend says:

    I just learned of Eddy’s death. I was the librarian at Valley Springs Elem. I remember especially Eddy’s smile and his mischievious twinkle, but I also can’t forget his earnest, helpful ways. I don’t believe I have seen him since he left VS but he is still in my memories. My sincere sympathies to his family and friends for the loss they must feel. I pray for your comfort and urge you to rejoice in your happy memories.

  • Theresa Rogers says:

    I’m deeply saddened by your tragic loss. It is very difficult to lose someone so young and so dear to you. Remember he is at peace in a wonderful place, he will live on in your memories and in your heart forever.
    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. You have my deepest sympathies during this difficult time.
    God Bless

  • Michelle Watters (Brandon Watters' Grandmother) says:

    I met your son Eddy a few times through my grandson, Brandon. He had been to our house several times. The few times I did meet Eddy he was smiling and very polite. While I can’t even begin to know your loss, my heart is breaking for you. God must have needed a special angel Heaven that day. One thing that gets me through loss of a loved one is know that we have been promised that we will see them again some day. While in our life time here on earth,time seems to move slowly, but eternity is forever and that is how long you will have with your precious son the next time you see his smiling face. Thank you for sharing Eddy with so many people. May God bless your family and help guide your faith and your thoughts in the hard days to come.

  • Shilo & SonJa Anderson says:

    Thoughts and prayers to Eddy’s family and friends.
    As parents you must be proud of the positive impact Eddy had on so many people. He was clearly loved by many and will be deeply missed.

  • Angie Shafer says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers every day since I heard the news. Eddy was such a wonderful person. So many memories of him and Tyler playing around the house and in Valley when they were younger.

    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.

    Angie Shafer (Tyler Renken’s mother)

  • Doc Howard says:

    Kieth and family deepest sympathy for your son eddy our prayers are with you at this difficult time may god give you comfort. Your friend doc hollywood mudder{ Kansas kitty }

  • Lori and Brett Schlekeway says:

    You dont know us but we came upon the accident seconds after it happened. We were so very sad by the horrific loss and wish ww could have done more for your son. You have all been in our thoughts and prayers since that sad day and we will continue to pray for you all and know in time God will help ypu find peace! Again we are so very sorry for your loss. Praying that God will wrap his loving arms around you and give you all healing.

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