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Subject: [MIKALAMA] Lester ELDRIDGE
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 15:46:19 -0000
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ELDRIDGE, Lester "Les"
Lester "Les" Eldridge, 65, of Ceresco passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2008, at Oaklawn Hospital. Les was born on July 15, 1942, in Indianapolis, Indiana to E. Grant and Thurby (Thixton) Eldridge. He graduated from Three Rivers High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving from 1960-1963. Les sailed on the Reclaimer and was part of the nuclear testing on Christmas Island. On April 17, 1981, he married Barbara Emery in Kalamazoo. Les managed the auto body shop at Seeley Ford in Kalamazoo for many years, and he later moved to Traverse City and managed Grand Traverse Auto. He retired in 2000. Les was an accomplished painter with a great eye for small details in every job. He was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and golf. He loved his family and especially enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Barbara of Ceresco; two daughters, Jamie Eldridge and Carol (Scott) Pace all of Kalamazoo; two sons, Jeff (Mary) Richard!
s of Lowell and Jason (Andrea) Richards of Grand Rapids; five grandchildren, Dustin and Dawn Eldridge, Jeffery Michael, Lily, and Avery Richards; great-granddaughter Ivory Eldridge; two sisters, Dolores (Elmer) Sauer of Palmetto, Florida, and Thurby (Bill) Blackburn of Indianapolis, Indiana. He is also survived by close extended family, mother and father Marie and Ernie Jones of Albion; sisters, Joann (Beau) Godde of Marshall, Betty (Butch) Gibbs of Albion, and Gayle (Garry) Weaver of Homer, and a brother Gary Emery of Mesick, Michigan and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers E. Grant Jr., Robert, and Mark Eldridge, and a sister LaDonna Eldridge. A memorial service will take place at the Marshall United Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 1:30PM with Reverend Len Schoenherr officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marshall United Methodist Church, Calhoun County Humane Society, or to Oaklawn Hospital.!
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Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on 5/11/2008. (Posted by a VOLUNTEER-NO family connection)
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