Elroy James Froemming, the son of Arthur and Olga (Schumacher) Froemming, was born in Alexandria on March 19, 1927. E.J. graduated from Central High School in 1945 and then enlisted into the United States Marines Corp. He served overseas in China with the occupation forces for about eight months before being honorably discharged. E.J. moved back to Alexandria and attended St. Cloud State. He rekindled the romance with his high school sweetheart, Audrey Weatherwax, and married her on September 18, 1948. E.J. worked odd jobs until he began his career with the United States Post Office in 1949. He worked as a city letter carrier and as a rural letter carrier for 33 years and retired in 1982 at the age of 55 years old. For the next 35 years, E.J. and Audrey spent their winters in Sun City, FL.
Although he was starter in both basketball and football while in high school, in later years he enjoyed golf, tennis, and volleyball. He was also an excellent bridge player and liked to hunt and fish. He volunteered his time as a fireman for the Alexandria Fire Department, the Golden K’s, and also held many positions with the First Congregation United Church of Church. E.J. was a caring man with a great sense of humor and was loved by all.
E.J. died on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at the St. Cloud Hospital at the age of 93 years old. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Audrey Froemming of Alexandria; son, Brad (Mary Nortman) Froemming of Alexandria; daughter, Nicole Froemming of Alexandria; four grandchildren, Kelly Froemming of Plano, TX, Kate (Torey) Winter of Minneapolis, Christopher Froemming of Ramsey, and Maren Froemming of Battle Creek, MI; 2 great grandchildren, Cameron Froemming and Brooks Winter; sister Di Ann Ness of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his son, Judd Froemming, parents, and four brothers, Eugene, Leighton, Warren, and Wallace.
A private family funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ with the Reverend Dr. Jill L. Sanders officiating. Entombment was in the Kinkead Mausoleum. Casket Bearers were Dan Ness Jr, Barry Ness, George Weatherwax, Jeff Bisek, Christopher Froemming and Cameron Froemming. Full military honors were accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard, American Legion Post #87, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #936, Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter #235, and the Marine Corps League Detachment #1409.
Due to Covid-19, the family has requested all guests to please wear a mask when attending the visitation and funeral.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the First Congregation United Church of Christ.
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