HOWARD — Eldon Monroe Edmister, 85, of Coshocton Road, Howard, having recently been immersed in the Lord, went to be with Him on Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Knox Community Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Condit Station to the late Roy and Hazel (Shannon) Edmister. He fought bravely in World War II, receiving both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He served in Company H of the U.S. Army, 315th Infantry, Gunner 605. He served time in Normandy, northern France, Rhineland and central Europe. He was also awarded the Good Conduct medal, a Distinguished Unit badge, the European medal with four Bronze Stars, and the World War II Victory medal.
Eldon owned and operated various local businesses, and worked for Cooper Bessemer for 26 years. He was always willing to help others. He was a volunteer firefighter, and had been in the Auxiliary State Highway Patrol and the American Legion. He was well known for always being cheerful and maintaining a positive attitude.
He is survived by a daughter, Becky Edmister of Charleston, S.C.; a son, Bill (Debbie) Edmister of Danville; five grandchildren, Colette (Todd) Hazen of Danville, Michele (Dave) Severns of Danville, Garrett Edmister of Loudonville, Jason Jackson of South Carolina and Zachary Bowman of South Carolina; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a brother, Roy Edward (Linda) Edmister of Findlay; and a sister, Marilyn Daniels of Montana.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Hull) Edmister, whom he married on April 23, 1975, and she died Dec. 28, 2008; three brothers, John, Robert and Earl; and a sister, Inez.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 19, at 11 a.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville, with Evangelist Gene Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in Workman Cemetery, with graveside military rites performed by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. Friends may call Monday, April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., and until service time on Tuesday. Visit http://www.fischerfuneralhome.com.