De Wayne E. Eye, 66, formerly of the Hanley Falls and Clarkfield areas, died on Monday morning July 3, 2017, at the Meadow Lane Nursing Home in Benson. Visitation was held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, at Our Re-deemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson and continued on Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls. A Memorial Service was held on Monday, July 10, at 11:00 a.m. at the Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls. Interment followed the service in the East Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church Cemetery. De Wayne Everett Eye, was born in Clarkfield on July 31, 1950, the son of Everett and Sylvia Skalbeck Eye. He was baptized and confirmed at the Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls. He grew up on the farm near Hanley Falls and graduated from Hanley Falls High School. After high school he worked in Granite Falls at Rogers Hydraulics until they closed.
He worked for the Farmer’s Elevator in Hanley Falls and for the city of Hanley Falls, hauling snow. He loved to work on the farm and worked part time for Earl and Lowell Gustafson. He currently worked at the DAC in Benson. He was a charter member of the Pioneer Power Club and a longtime member of the Hanley Falls Fire Department. He enjoyed farming and old tractors. De Wayne loved animals and spending time with his nieces and nephews. He was called from this life on Monday morning, July 3, at the Meadowlane Nursing Home in Benson. He is survived by his sister Jane (Jack) Kjos, of Benson; a niece Heidi (Dave) Christensen of Camas, Washington; a nephew Andrew (Julie) Kjos of Jupiter, Florida; and two great nephews, Noah and Mark Kjos, and a great niece Elin Kjos, as well as many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Everett and Sylvia. Zniewski Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.