Eldon Eugene Wood Topeka
Paid family tribute
Eldon Eugene Wood, 89, Topeka, died November 14, 2011 at a Topeka hospital. He was the son of Benjamin and Ruth Smith Wood. He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence and the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Eldon married Frances King on August 16, 1952 at Hiawatha, Kansas.
Eldon was a member of the Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene and the Crossroads Sunday School Class and was faithful in attendance.
Eldon worked for the Kansas Power and Light Company as an auditor and office manager in Hiawatha, Great Bend and Hutchinson before moving to Topeka in 1962. He retired in 1982 with 35 years of service.
He served in the US Army Air Corps from June 1942 to November 1945. He was a bombardier on a B-24 liberator bomber. He had 41 combat missions and holds the Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon with 8 battle stars, the Philippine Liberation ribbon with 1 battle star, and an Air Medal with 2 Oak-Leaf Clusters. Eldon continues his relationship with the military by his membership in the 22nd Bomb Group Association.
For many years he was a faithful fan of Lawrence High and KU sports events.
Eldon was a faithful, loving husband to his wife of 59 years, Frances, who survives. Other survivors are three daughters, Eldonna (Mike) Coats, Topeka; Teresa (John) Miller, Powell, Wyoming; Brenda (Mark) Frei, Oviedo, Florida. In addition, are grandchildren, Kristen Haslett, Alicia Haslett, Topeka; Paul Miller, Cheyenne, WY., Allison Miller, Powell, WY, Anthony Frei, Miami, FL, Addison Frei, Denton, Texas, Bailey Frei, and Guerin Frei, Oviedo, FL. 2 great-grandchildren, Kaitlynn Wiltrout, Austin Carter, Topeka, brother-in-law, Frank Jr. (Arlene) King, Hiawatha, sister-in-law, Cora King, Hiawatha.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Wood, in 1948, and a brother-in-law, Ward King in 2004.
Memorial services will be held at Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene on November 25, at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will follow the service in the Family Life Center at the church. Davidson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka, KS 66614 or to the Kansas Dialysis Services, 634 SW Mulvane, Topeka, KS 66606.
This information was provided to the Journal-World as a paid tribute.