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Stanley "Butch" Richard Eldridge, 70, of Brazil, passed away March 24, 2017, at 11:13 p.m., at the Cloverleaf Healthcare Facility. He was born March 22, 1947, in Clay County, the son of Stanley A. and Phyllis Evans Eldridge. He graduated from Van Buren High School, class of 1965. In high school, he lettered in cross county and in basketball. He continued his education at Indiana State University, completing a business degree in 1969.
Following college graduation, Butch served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged at the rank of master sergeant, serving for 22 years. While in the Air Force he was based at Montgomery, Hawaii, and last at Scott Air Force Base, working with the World Wide Evac unit. He gained experience with hospital administration during this time.
In his other working career, he was a USPS worker in Chrisman, Ill., and also was a security guard at Securitas. He was a member of the Chrisman Illinois Christian Church.
Butch has always loved fishing, bowling and anything to help with children. He has coached many soccer, baseball and other sports over the years. He was a fan of the Cubs, Cardinals, Cowboys and the Colts.
The last several years of his life he has faced great adversity, but through it all he always kept a smile and never complained.
He will be greatly missed by his sisters, Maxine Miller (Jeff) of Lincoln University, Penn., and Anita Wilson of Staunton; nieces and nephews, Matthew Miller (Tessa), Amanda Barba (Zach), Sara Roberson and Christopher Wilson (Alisha); grand-nieces and nephews, Isaac, Gracelyn and Amelia Roberson, and William and Hailey Wilson; and aunts, uncles and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Phyllis Eldridge.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at French Funeral Home, with Pastor Dick McShanog officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post #2, VFW #1127 and the Air Force. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Post a note of condolence at:
Published on March 25, 2017
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