MOUNT VISION — Ernest D. Eldred, 81, of Mount Vision, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999, at his home.
Ernest D. Eldred
He was born on Aug. 6, 1917, in the town of Otsego, the son of Mabel Naylor and Duane Eldred.
At his early age, he was raised by his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Courtney Hoose, Mount Vision, after his mother died.
He attended rural schools in Mount Vision and Laurens, and was married to Margaret V. Mattison on Oct. 28, 1938, in Laurens.
Mr. Eldred was a 50-year member of the Mount Vision United Methodist Church.
He worked for West-Nesbitt Feed Company in Oneonta for 40 years, having retired in 1982. He also served on their board of directors.
He served on the Laurens Town Board and was fire chief of the Mount Vision Fire Department for many years, and more recently was an honorary member.
After retiring, he worked on his daughter, Joan Bookhout's, farm, for several years. Ernest will always be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, and for his great sense of humor.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army Air Corp.
He is survived by two daughters, Joan M. Bookhout and Betty J. Craft, both of Mount Vision; five grandsons, Terry E. Bookhout and his wife, Dena, of West Oneonta, Todd K. Bookhout and his wife, Diane, of Otego, Troy E. Bookhout and his wife, Amy, of Bainbridge, Joel B. Craft and his wife, Lynda, of Portlandville and James S. Craft and his wife, Mellissa, of Unadilla; six great-grandchildren, Travis Bookhout, Terance Bookhout, Lexi Bookhout, Tyler Bookhout, William Craft and Jeremy Craft; a special friend, Sandra Rendorf of Johnson City; a sister, Afa Waters of Milford; three cousins, Lillian Hickling of Garrattsville, Marion Card of Florida and Vivian Briscoe of West Oneonta; and two sisters-in-law, Irene Mattison of Hartwick and Helen Carley of Milford.
He was also predeceased by his sister, Edna Bliss.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, at the Lewis-Hurley Funeral Home in Oneonta with the Rev. John Wolf, pastor of the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday.
Contributions may be made to the Laurens Emergency and Ambulance Squad, the Mount Vision Fire Department or the Catskill Area Hospice.
Published in The Daily Star on Feb. 5, 1999.
No place of burial is listed. His parents are buried at Hartwick Seminary Cemetery. Duane's parents were Deloss and Caroline Eldred.