Archive for Wednesday, November 12, 1997


November 12, 1997


Melvin "Herb" Eldridge

Private services for Melvin H. "Herb" Eldridge, 64, Thompson Falls, Mont, are planned. He was cremated.

Mr. Eldridge died Sunday, Nov. 9, 1997, at his daughter's home in Lawrence.

He was born Jan. 25, 1933, in rural Ekalaka, Mont., the son of Gerald and Louise Kraft Eldridge. He graduated from Thompson Falls High School. He was a sawyer and head rig operator at a sawmill.

Mr. Eldridge was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a charter member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Clark Fork Valley (Mont.) Lodge 2757, and a past member of Thompson Falls Saddle Club.

He married Patricia Kendall on July 18, 1953, in Thompson Falls, Mont. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his mother, Louise Eldridge, Hot Springs, Mont.; two daughters, Bobbi Hightower, Lawrence, and Dianna Eldridge, Reno, Nev.; a son, Timothy, Missoula, Mont.; four sisters, Lee Schmidt, Seattle, Anita Haase and Kathy Breitenbach, both of Thompson Falls, Mont., and Jeri Inman, Vacaville, Calif.; two brothers, Alvin, Billings, Mont., and Bill, Butte, Mont.; and six grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Shriners' Hospital for Children in Spokane, Wash.; the JoAnne Kendall Johnson Scholarship Fund at Thompson Falls High School, or a charity of the donor's choice. Memorials may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, which is handling local arrangements.

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