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Donald Paul "Don" Eldridge

Donald Paul "Don" Eldridge
  • June 12, 1945 - October 26, 2021
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“Mike and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Kathy Edwards - Battle Creek, MI

“Heaven gained a beautiful, kind and gentle man. He always made me smile. Sending prayers for the entire family of peace and love from the Father. &...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Julie Shepperly - Kalamazoo, MI

“My sincere condolences to Don's family. May the Peace of Christ be with you all. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: James Kerner - Battle Creek, MI

“Don was a dear friend for over fifty years! He enjoyed life to the fullest and his company was always a pleasure. Don was a devoted husband, father,...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Mary and Roger Rossman - MI

“JoAnn and family; I am sorry to hear of Don's passing.my sympathy's and prayers for God's comfort and love at this time ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Terrie Barker - Battle Creek, MI

“I have great memories with Don, we both worked at Big D foods together. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Jack Budrow - Kalamazoo, MI

“I was so sorry to hear about Don's passing He was such a nice man good husband good father and good grandpa he will definitely be missed But he is in...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Dennis and Pam Reed - Ceres o

“So very sorry for your loss. Don was such a great guy, he had the best humor, enjoyed our talks. He will be missed ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Nancy and Gary Schwarz - KY


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Donald Paul "Don" Eldridge, 76, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died, fighting to the end, on October 26, 2021, at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence.

Don was born June 12, 1945 in Battle Creek the son of Dewey Esto and Carrie Estelle (Pettit) Eldridge. He was a 1964 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended Kellogg Community College for two years. Don honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was not called to active duty, but retained a strong patriotic pride of his country. Most of his life was in the grocery industry, learning from the bottom and becoming a store manager. He was also a route manager for Jay's Potato Chips.

Don dated the love of his life three years and then was united in marriage to JoAnn Elizabeth Sperti. Surviving are JoAnn, his wife of 54 years; children, Todd (Glory) Eldridge of Battle Creek, Jonathan (Danielle) Eldridge of South Lyon, Mark (Erin) Eldridge of Battle Creek; eight grandchildren, Andy (Jessica) Eldridge, Josh Eldridge, Evan (Logan) Eldridge, Ethan Eldridge, Emily Eldridge, Lauren Eldridge, Tristan Eldridge, Logan Eldridge; three great-grandchildren, Mya, Clare, Blake; a daughter-in-law, Melissa Eldridge Newman; a sister-in-law, Sally Eldridge; a nephew, James (Kelly) Eldridge, and a cousin, Lilburn Pettit. Don was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Rob Eldridge and a brother, James Eldridge.

Don was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was a very active member of the Dad's Club and coached Little League Baseball. He always had a smile for everyone, loved his sweets; and camping, especially at Mears State Park in Pentwater. He was an avid golfer, loved Neil Diamond and Eagles music, traveling, taking cruises with JoAnn and making smart remarks just to get a reaction. More than anything, Don loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed being at home; and JoAnn loved having the Love of Her Life with her.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Funeral services to celebrate Don's Life will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at the funeral home officiated by Fr. Max Nightingale. The service will be livestreamed and may be viewed at https://vimeo.com/641909560 or you may also view it on the Farley Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home Facebook page.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of SW Michigan, https://centricacare.org/ or Lewy Body Dementia, https://www.lbda.org/. Personal messages for the family may be placed above at "Sign Memory Book".