Note N00365from Foster.com.....online paper for Dover area.
DOVER - Elmer E. Eldredge, Jr., of Sixth Street, died Sunday, May 25, 2008 at St. Ann's Healthcare.
He was born on Jan. 16, 1920, in Manchester, N.H., the son of Elmer E. and Isabella M. (Brown) Eldredge.
Elmer attended school in Portsmouth and graduated from South Berwick Academy in Maine, June of 1938. He served in the U.S. Army for four years; he was a gas station attendant for five years; retiring from the Navy Yard after 23 years of civil service. Elmer was self-employed as a gunsmith and small engine mechanic for many years.
In his retirement, he was a world traveler and had been in many countries and also had been in every state of the United States. His first love was flying and was a collector of military memorabilia.
Elmer belonged to the Strafford Masonic Lodge 29 F. & A.M. of Dover; Honorary Past Master. He was a member of the General William Whipple Military Lodge; Rochester York Rite, Temple Chapter No. 20, the Royal Arch Masons, Orient Council No. 14, Royal and Select Masters, Palestine Commandary Knights Templar; Scottish Rite Borders in the Valley of Nashua; Eastern Star Crescent Chapter 45, Northwood; a life member of Newmarket Historical Society; a life member of 1st Newmarket Colonial Militia; Past Captain of 18th Dover Militia; a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 8 of Dover; a member of the American Society of Military Insignia Collectors; a member of the Cocheco Grange 81 of Dover; a lifetime membership as Commissioner of Clan Sinclair.
Elmer enjoyed building radio control model airplanes and was a member of the Ponderosa RC Hawks and he was a member of St. John's Methodist Church and has attended the Second Crown Point Baptist Church for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Beulah M. Eldredge of Dover; his two sons, Glen E. Eldredge and his wife, Darlene, of Gonic; Brian S. Eldredge and his wife, Ann, of Reno, Nev.; his daughter, Bonnie L. Hatch and her husband, David, of Rochester; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and his two sisters, Barbara Emery of Cape Porpoise, Maine, and Carol Kondell of Bluffton, S.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his two sisters, Buelah Jennings and Phyllis Nuss.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elmer's name to 32° Masonic Children's Learning Center, 29 Hanson St., Rochester, NH 03867.
Friends and family may call on Thursday, May 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion funeral Home with the Rev. George Moore, officiating. Burial will follow with military honors at the New Town Cemetery, Rollinsford.
To sign the online guest book, please go to www.purdyfuneralservice.com.
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