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William E. Eldred

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CHARLESTOWN, Mass. --William E. Eldred, 84. of Charlestown, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003 at Massachusetts General Hospital with his daughter, June, by his side. He died from a progressional leukemia condition.

Born on a snowy spring day, April 26, 1919, in Potter Hill, N.Y., he was the son of Edna and George Eldred. He often spoke of his childhood years working on the family farm in Potter Hill. He told stories of working in the fields, trying to match the pace of his father, “Cracky” Eldred, who was known in the area for his hardworking drive and stamina.

Mr. Eldred graduated from Hoosick Falls High School, class of 1937, and attended Troy Business College. He worked in the fields of banking and accounting. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served his country from March 1941 to August 1945, mostly overseas in the Southern Pacific Theater.

Mr. Eldred enjoyed history and national politics, with a keen memory for details, and was a loyal Boston Red Sox fan.

Survivors include his three daughters, Faye Mihuta and her husband James, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., June Horton and her husband Allan of Wilmington, and Janice Eldred of Putney, Vt.; his granddaughter Alie Mihuta of Saratoga Springs; his brother, Kenneth Eldred of Potter Hill; his sisters Jessie Hewitt of Petersburgh, N.Y., Lillian Michie and her husband Harry of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Eldred was predeceased by two sisters, Ethel Eldred Johnson and Edith Eldred Gibb, along with two brothers, Forrest J. Eldred and Clarence G. Eldred.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning at 11 o’clock in the Robson-Reinfurt Funeral Home, 72 Main St., Hoosick Falls with the Rev. Linda Hoddy, Unitarian Universalist minister of the Saratoga Springs congregation, officiating.

There will be no public calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, JFK Federal Building, Room 1575, Government Center, Boston, MA 02203. For the guest book and directions, please visit: www.robson-reinfurt.com .
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 12, 2003
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