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April 16,1957 - April 16, 2013

Paul Ervin Eiler, age 56, of Northfield and formerly of Faribault, died at his home on April 16, 2013.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault, with the Reverend Dennis Tamke officiating. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault. A memorial visitation will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the church. Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.

Paul, the son of Ervin L. and Irene (Headline) Eiler, was born in Faribault, April 16, 1957. He attended Lincoln Elementary School and graduated from Faribault High School in 1975. He attended the University of Minnesota where he played in the drum line of the University Marching Band. Paul graduated from Mankato State University in 1979.

In 1978 he married Deb Goertzen and they were divorced later. Paul moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a rock drummer, playing in several bands while working for National Medical Enterprises as an accountant in California and Saudi Arabia. While working in Saudi Arabia for NME, he met Rebecca Gadsden of Great Britain who is the mother of his son, Matthew. In the 1990's he returned to Minnesota, employed as a writer and an accountant and continued to pursue his love of music as an accomplished musician. He was widely known by musicians in the area.

Paul was a talented artist and photographer. He enjoyed years of sales work as a distributor of auto parts, and had a successful career in real estate with Coldwell Banker, winning many awards.

In 1990, he married Peggy Theis, and they divorced later. Paul enjoyed being a father to his son, Matthew, who spent summers in Minnesota. Paul lived in Wales for a time with his son. He also enjoyed being step-dad to Peggy's three daughters.

Paul is survived by one son, Matthew Eiler-Gadsden of Wales, U.K., his mother, Irene Eiler of Faribault, brother, David (Audrey) Eiler of Emily; a nephew, Ben (Sara) Eiler, great niece, Hayden, ex-wife, Peggy Eiler and step-daughters, Chandra (Ryan) Pearson, Emily (Alex) Karzag, and Abbey Theis.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ervin Eiler, and his maternal and paternal grandparents.


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Name: Peyton Tuthill
Email: staythecourse12@icloud.com
Date: Saturday March 08, 2014


I had just recently come across the news of Paul's passing, and was also deeply grieved. I also had the privilege of knowing and playing with Paul during his days in Minnesota and California. Although an extremely talented, solid drummer, what struck me most as I remember him was his graciousness, kindness and generosity, particularly to those of us who didn't deserve it. He gave to me of his time and resources again and again, along with patience and forgiveness when I had failed him as a friend. A kind and passionate man. What a privilege to have known him. Sincerely, Peyton

Name: Ray
Date: Saturday June 08, 2013


I was extremely saddened by the news of Paul's recent passing. My condolences to his wonderful mother Irene, his immediate family,& everyone else whose lives were touched by this incredibly talented & intelligent human being. Our friendship began about 35 years ago. Paul was really a Singer/Guitarist trapped behind the drum kit, (like most drummers), & thought like a guitarist/keyboardist when he played his drums. More than just a percussionist, he was a musician who heard melodies & tones not just beats when he played. This gave him the ability to lead or follow you in & out of successive spontaneously created musical changes on the fly. To make a long story short, we left Minnesota together in the fall of 1980 & headed for LA in pursuit of our musical dreams, & as the song goes "Welcome to the Jungle". This song had yet to be written, but was quite an appropriate welcoming & warning for many young musicians. Unfortunately it only took 2 or 3 years before we had gone in different musical directions due to many reasons best left unsaid. I never did find another drummer to replace what I had going with Paul. Even in LA where there are thousands of drummers from all over the world, Paul was one in a million. In retrospect, I regret not staying with Paul, sticking to our guns through all the bull**** that LA & the music business could throw at us, but it just wasn't to be. We used to tell each other that "if only we had been born 10 years earlier,we would've realized all of our dreams & more". I'm sorry to recall this somewhat sad & bitter episode in Paul's life, although there were plenty of good times during his sojourn in California. I will keep these to myself as my personal memories of our friendship. I'm sure Paul is in a better place now & hope we can all find a place in our hearts to remember the man and to cherish the time we had with him in our lives. God rest his soul, but his beat goes on!

Name: Mark Chalberg
Date: Saturday June 01, 2013


I owe Paul a great deal of whom I have become today. When I met him in the 8th grade, I was struggling to find out who I was. I knew music would be a big part of my life and when Paul and I decided to form a band it was clear of the path my life would take. Paul's talents and his ability to share them with others leaves a true legacy for him. Anything Paul touched he did well. He taught me that if something is worth doing, it's worth doing right. I will miss you Paul. Love you, Peace Mark Chalberg

Name: Peter and Nichole Diggins
Email: daydiggins@charter.net
Date: Thursday May 30, 2013


Our sincere sympathies and respects to all Paul's family and friends. Paul was such a true old friend and it was great to spend even a little time with him (after more than 20 years!) since he moved to Northfield. Such a great and unique talent - he again shared his creativity, strength and enthusiasm with us. And what a great laugh he had!

Name: Chuck & Fern Kubalsky
Email: fernsky14@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday May 28, 2013


Dave, Audrey and family, Your in our thoughts and prayers. We enjoyed meeting Paul at your place in Emily. May he rest in peace. Hugs Chuck & Fern

Name: peggy eiler
Email: pegjeiler@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday May 22, 2013


Paul was the love of my life. And always will be. My heart belongs to him. As I read the other memories I am reminded of how very, very talented and smart he was. I am missing him more as this becomes more real. He was a wonderful step-father to my three children and a best friend to his son Matthew. I will love you forever too Paul. i know you rest in final peace. Love, Peg

Name: Patty Halligan
Email: phalligan@humana.com
Date: Wednesday May 22, 2013


I am Paul's former sister-in-law (sister to Peggy). We will miss Paul dearly. He died way before his time. His family is in our thoughts & prayers. Patty Halligan

Name: Jeff Sears
Email: jeffrey.sears@gmail.com
Date: Thursday April 25, 2013


Paul was the very first person I met in Kindergarten in Mrs. Bottke's class all those many years ago. I am saddened to hear about his passing; please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Jeff Sears

Name: Richard Melgaard
Email: chrismoo3@aol.com
Date: Wednesday April 24, 2013


Irene, Dave & Audrey, Ben & Sara, I am incredibly saddened to have heard of the passing of Paul. I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during these challenging times. Richard

Name: Mary Osborne
Date: Saturday April 20, 2013


It was shocking to hear about Paul's death!!! Our deepest sympathy to all of you!!! We have been like family our entire lives!!! We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!!! May God's peace be with you all!!! Love, May Bottke, Mary Osborne, Gretchen Stenehjem, and Bill Bottke and our families

Name: Rochelle Jarvis-Cloutier
Email: robert-rochelle@charter.net
Date: Friday April 19, 2013


Irene, I am thinking of you and your family & sending my love and blessings. "You never really leave the people, places you love. Part of them you take with you~leaving a piece of yourself behind." Sincerely, Rochelle (Daughter of the late Harlan and Rita Jarvis)

Name: Steve Erickson
Email: stevedebbie1@msn.com
Date: Friday April 19, 2013


Paul and I have been friends since High School.We both had Drumming in common. I was a year older and a Bad drummer and he was a year younger and a GREAT Drummer. He taught me everything I know today about Drumming. Over the years we didn't see that much of each other as he moved away but we still kept in touch. What a friend he was and still is. Paul put his sticks away years ago and I still played. As my Musicial mentor Paul was the best.To have him come back and tell me what a GOOD Drummer I was, was unbelievable. A true friend. Paul and I talked on the phone almost every night and on March 17th we played together down @ Bostons. I will never forget it my last time with Paul. The timing of his passing on his birthday was terrible. He was looking forward to a healthy 2013 and his family and friends. Irene-Dave-Matt and others I can't tell you how I really feel. I will miss my friend Paul everyday!I saw my #513 today and I know my Mom is talking to Paul in Heaven. I only hope he doesn't tell her everything! Love ya like a Brother and you may be gone but I will make sure your music lives forever!! We All Die Young! Steve L Erickson

Name: Paul Peper
Email: paulandjanpeper@charter.net
Date: Thursday April 18, 2013


To the Eiler family: When I heard the news I couldn't move. Our Godfrey Blaque band made us bandmates forever. We were in a very special group. When we played together we had a synergy meaning the sum of the members was greater than the actual number of members in the band. We all knew that it was special when we played together. The five of us were bound together forever. Paul was a special person with an enormous amount of talent. He never wanted to solo that much and I would always encourage him to do it at our shows. I would describe drum licks that other famous drummers had performed in their solos and just by my descriptions and the sort of verbal drum sounds, I would make, he could play them all. He never stopped amazing us and we were proud to have each other as bandmates for the time the band lasted. It was a great time for all of us. Recently one member told me he still dreams of those days. How special is that? My sadness is only lightened somewhat by the feeling of the honor I had to play with such a fine musician and to have also had such a wonderful and talented friend. Our lives have all changed now. We will never forget him and the joy of playing together as Godfrey Blaque. It is one of the finest things I have ever been a part of. Please accept my sincere condolences and may our Creator take him close and keep him until we all play together someday when we are reunited again. That would be so special. Maybe we could get our good friend Rick Cloutier to play along. I never stop missing him either. They were both such unique and special people. I was numb all night at work thinking of both of them. Perhaps they will jam in Heaven until we can join in. I wouldn't doubt it a bit. They both played with special God given talent. Maybe they will play for him now. I am so sorry for the loss your son, brother, husband and father. He will truly be missed. Sincerely, Paul Peper

Name: Lucy & Tony Gaylor
Email: LuSee63@gmail.com
Date: Thursday April 18, 2013


Aunt Irene, David and Audrey, Ben and Sara: We are so saddened to receive that news of Paul's passing. I (Lucy) will always cherish my memories of Paul entertaining us in the basement with his rendition of "The Three Billy Goats Bluff" on his drums. He love of music and art were so enlightening. I was always looking forward to seeing what color his room was this week. God, must have needed a drummer for his band and an artist to paint the skies. Paul, will truely be missed. Our love and prayers are with you at this time and always. God Bless you Paul.

Name: Paul and Denise VanOrsow
Email: dj_vanorsow@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday April 18, 2013


Irene, Dave & Audrey, Ben & Sara - and Matt : We are so sorry to hear the sad news that Paul passed away. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you in the days ahead. ~ Paul and Denise ~