Eldon H. Underwood
Eldon H. Underwood, age 93, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at the Medicalodges in Fort Scott.
Eldon was born July 15, 1925, to Harvey and May Underwood in Garland, Kan. Eldon and his four siblings grew up on the farm, without electricity and running water for most of their young lives.
Eldon married Elma Hawkins in January of 1952 at Girard, Kan. They made their home in Garland where they had a feedlot business they incorporated in 1952. Eldon and Elma were lifelong fans of the St. Louis Cardinals and enjoyed traveling to Bluegrass festivals. He also enjoyed coon hunting, raising goats, mules, and always had a hound or two.
He was a Korean War Veteran, serving as a radioman, receiving an honorable discharge, as a corporal, June 12, 1952, and an active member of the Cherry Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include a brother-in-law Eldon Hawkins of Sulphur, La., and many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elma, siblings; Carl and Clair Underwood, Mary Ham and JoAnn Caldwell.
Rev. Norman Tillotson will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m., Friday Nov. 30 at the Cherry Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Large Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Cherry Grove Baptist Church and can be left in the care of Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S Main St., P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.