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Elgene Alfred Dropps

04/14/1935 - 09/12/2020

Elgene A. Dropps (Al), 85, of Hibbing, died Saturday September 12, 2020 at his home. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 at the Rosehill Cemetery in Elmer Township with Pastor Rod Tuomi officiating. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and MN guidelines, the family requests that precautions are taken by wearing masks and social distancing. There will be no gathering afterwards. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

He was born April 14, 1935, Benton County, Minnesota to Ella M. (Mangle) and John Dropps. He married Connie J Werth in Hibbing, October 26, 1957.

Al entered military service in the United States Navy in August 1954, during the Korean War and served on the U.S.S. Yorktown (the Fighting Lady). He was honorably discharged in August 1962.

He raised his family on a farm in Little Swan and worked for the Hibbing Office Supply for 30 years, retiring in 1996. After retiring, he and Connie moved to O’Leary Lake in Nashwauk where they lived before moving to Hibbing in 2004. He owned and operated Al’s Lock & Key Shop until 2017. He enjoyed being outdoors, especially fishing and hunting.

Al is survived by his children, Nadine Kantola of Hibbing, Wanda (John) Taray of Cherry, Brenda (Jeff) Lindquist of Alaska, and Roy Dropps of Hibbing; sisters, Cecile (Darryl Allen) Aker, Barbara (Dave) Patla, Marge (Dave) Colemer, Joan Juvrud and Gwen (Duane) Waldron; 13 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Al was preceded in death by his wife, Connie (2018); parents; sisters: Ione Stott, Colleen Anderson, Jean Nynas Mannila, Marie Mannila; and one brother, Jack Dropps.

5 thoughts on “Elgene Alfred Dropps”

  1. Barbara Taray says:

    Sorry for your loss. He will truly be missed.

  2. Randy says:

    Please know that Roy’s work family is lifting you all up during this time of sorry and celebration of Mr. Dropps life. May the Lord provide peace and comfort.

  3. Beth Aabate says:

    With loving memories of a wonderful Uncle. You will truly be missed in our lives. Thank you for your love and guidance while growing up. My love to my cousins in this time of sorrow. They are all together in Heaven. God will take good care of them. In loving memories,
    Beth (angel) and Anthony Abbate

  4. Bill and Erin anderdon says:

    Our prayer is that our family’s find peace in knowing that Uncle Al in with those he loved in the arms of our Lord and savior to be free of pain and be free to fly with the angels. How great that must be

  5. Karen (Maki) Hewett says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time and in the days ahead. Your dad and mom were two of the kindest people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

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Saturday 09/19/2020 at 2:00 PM
Rosehill Cemetery Elmer Township MN