BOSSIER CITY – Funeral services for Eli Anthony Haydel, 73, of Bossier City, LA will be held at 12:00 PM November 30, 2013 at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home in Haughton, LA with Rev. Justin Haigler officiating. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Friday November 29, 2013.
Eli passed on the morning of Monday, November 25, 2013 at the home he shared with his son and family in Bossier City, LA. Eli was born in Raceland, LA on April 5, 1940. Music and hunting were some of Eli’s greatest passions. He began playing the clarinet and saxophone by the age of 14. He played with numerous bands and quartets throughout his life, which in his later years included the Cowboy Church in Greenwood and at the Rose Park Baptist Church in Shreveport. Eli moved to north Louisiana in 1958 after serving in the United States Air Force. He began entering waterfowl calling contests in 1975 and became a local, state, regional and national duck-calling champion. In 1981, Eli turned his love of outdoors and waterfowl into an international game calls business. This business was started in Eli’s own garage and over the past 32 years, Haydel’s Game Calls Inc. has flourished worldwide, offering over 150 hunting-related items. Eli was a member of the Shreveport Sports Hall of Fame, the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame, Louisiana Hall of Fame for Entertainers in Lafayette and an inductee into the Ark-La-Tex Museum of Champions.
Eli is survived by his wife, Linda Haydel of Shreveport, LA, his three sons; Rod Haydel and fiancé, Pamela Sanders, Cliff Haydel, Kelly Haydel and wife, Karen Haydel and their mother, Rosalie Pitts. Five grandchildren; Heath Brigham, Michael Haydel, Robin Eljoki and husband Russell Eljoki, Philip Haydel and Vivian “Lainey” Haydel; two great-grand children, Gavin and Marley Brigham; sister, Janice Schof of Gonzales, LA. He is also survived many nephews, nieces and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents; Elie and Alberta Haydel.
In his 73 years, Eli has touched the lives of not only his family and friends but much of the outdoor industry. He will live forever in our hearts’.