Anthony Edelen

Anthony Edelen, known throughout the Vermillion community as a devoted family man and enthusiastic member of the business community, died suddenly while traveling on a bike trip with his brother. Visitation and a memorial service are scheduled Sunday at the United Church of Christ.

The Vermillion community is saddened after learning that Anthony Edelen, a graduate of Vermillion High School and long-time owner of Louie’s Cleaning and Disaster Restoration of Vermillion, died suddenly while on an out-of-state trip.

The “unofficial” news of Edelen’s death began traveling through the community on Monday and was confirmed Tuesday evening on Louie’s Cleaning and Disaster Restoration Facebook page.

The Facebook post states: “To the Louie's friends and family, we have some very sad news to share. Our owner, Anthony Edelen, who loved his family, his business, his community, helping people, connecting with friends all around the world and especially visiting new places, passed away suddenly while traveling on a bike trip with his brother in the Moab desert and then onward with his journey. A visitation (4 p.m.-6 p.m.) and a memorial service (6 p.m.) to celebrate Anthony's life will be held at the United Church of Christ (226 E. Main St) in Vermillion, SD on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.”

The website of Louie’s Cleaning and Disaster Restoration notes how Edelen was the proud owner of the business and how he and his wife, Lisha, were parents to a young son and daughter.

“Anthony is very close with his family…so close in fact that he, Lisha, and their kids live right across the street from his parents. Anthony’s parents, Joe and Mary, were both very active professionals within the South Dakota political and USD Library system,” the website states. “Anthony has an older sister who is a medic in the Army National Guard and a younger brother who has a position at the South Dakota Investment Office as a portfolio manager.

“Anthony graduated from Vermillion High School in 1996 and attended Northwest Missouri State University and The Provincial Hogeschol of Limburg in Hasselt, Belgium. There he earned a degree in International Business with a minor in International Relations,” the website states. “Anthony has always had a knack for being in business for himself. In high school, Anthony and his brother started up a tree-trimming business when Vermillion got hit very hard by a massive windstorm. Once he graduated high school and started his freshman year of college, he decided to start up a company called Miracle Detail which was a small auto detailing clinic that catered to professors and students.”

The website notes that after college, Anthony moved to Aspen, Colorado, where he held his first corporate position at the Gap.

“After delving into the corporate mindset, he decided that it wasn’t the right fit for him, so he decided to start The Carpet Cleaning Company of Aspen and two other small businesses. After a period of five-and-a-half years, he moved back to Vermillion,” the website states. “Anthony then decided to adapt his former carpet cleaning company and started The Carpet Cleaning Company of Vermillion. Within one year of business on his own, Anthony was approached by Louie’s Carpet Cleaning Service with the proposition to buy the company. Anthony gladly accepted the proposition and the rest is history!”

Edelen’s obituary will appear on the Plain Talk website as soon as it is available.

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