Elinor Rae Koelling, 91, of Ord passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at her home south of Ord surrounded by her children.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Mira Valley Evangelical United Methodist Church south of Ord. Reverend Dr. Jeff D. Hale and Reverend Murry Johnston will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Elinor R. Koelling Memorial Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Elinor Rae was lovingly welcomed into this world on March 11, 1926, to Louis Earl “Sac” Walford and Elinor “Zae” (Wilson) Walford in Burwell, Nebraska with her great uncle Dr. Roy Cram assisting at the birth. Within a year and a half all Americans woke one morning to the Financial Crash with banks closed and homes gone. Sac moved his family to the open prairie to homestead near Torrington, Wyoming where he began government service as a US ditch rider. Little Elinor’s deep reliance on the Lord, lifelong habits of tackling challenging circumstances head on, and selfless serving through cooperative effort were shaped by the fun-loving Godly, tightly knit family of three. Church and school were held in the home. The family moved back to Burwell when she was 12.
Sac’s Government job transfers resulted in Elinor’s uprooting from friends and schools a total of 16 times by the time she was graduated from Ord High School in 1944.
Elinor attended the University of Nebraska for 2 years before returning to Burwell as a second grade teacher. Her marriage to Bill McMullen resulted in the birth of a son, Monty. After two turbulent years
resulting in divorce, she and Monty moved to Ord. She began working at the Valley County Hospital as a night nurse where she met hospital board member, Orel Koelling. Four months later, October 29, 1950, they were married at the EUB Church in Mira Valley to this union were added Janis, Alan and Larry.
During Orel’s tour of duty in the Korean War, Elinor became the business manager of the family farm with the help of immediate family and community friends.
Upon his return their focus was raising their children as Christians, and providing the opportunity for the complete University education of all four children. Expanding the farm and various business ventures
included Loup Valleys Flying Service (arial spraying), Morea Livestock Feed, Custom Hay Grinding, ECKO Kennel German Shepherds, Superbly Done Catalogue, Custom Machine Knitting, Party Tent Rental and By-Way Guest House.
Other community involvements included Korner Kutters Extension Club, 4-H Council and leader, charter member of RC & D, Junk Jaunt, Scenic By-Way and New Hope Foundation, as well as NE Tourism and Loup Valley China Painters. Her local church involvement was in WSWS, Sunday school teacher, VBS, and any occasion that called for food! The arts, theatre and music were favorites that she supported. Elinor was the first to acknowledge and encourage any person’s idea that could be developed through entrepreneurship.
Orel and Elinor were avid travelers, touring 49 of the 50 states, Canada, Mexico and Europe as well as opening their home and Guest House to people from other countries.
Elinor is survived by a daughter, Janis Weishaar of Topeka; two sons, and daughters-in-law, Alan (Jeanette Micek) and Larry (Robyn Moyer) all of Ord; grandchildren, Fani Limberopoulos and (Corey) Schliep, Nicla (Trevor) McDaniel, Carissa (Scott) Phillips, Sierra (Jonathan) Forrest, Shawn (Sara) Koelling, Becky Koelling, Darlene Klingler, and Brian Koelling, and 14 great grand-children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis “Sac” and Elinor “Zae” (Wilson) Walford; husband, Orel; son, Monty Koelling; and son-in-law, Ed Weishaar.