ELDRED - Gary L. Eaton, 59, formerly of Eldred and Lewis Run, passed away Friday (March 21, 2014) at Bradford Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle with lymphoma.
Born Feb. 19, 1955, in Olean, N.Y., he was the son of Fred R. and Eva I. Freeman Eaton. Gary was a 1974 graduate of Friendship (N.Y.) Central High School and later attended BOCES in Belmont, N.Y., graduating with a degree in auto mechanics.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War
, having served with the U.S. Navy
from 1974-1981, during which time he was a cook on surface ships and submarines. He had graduated from the Sub School in New London, Conn.
He later was employed at the Olean Tile Plant.
He was a lifetime member of the Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. Gary really appreciated the staff of Sena Kean Manor for their professional attention.
He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer (David) Dilley of Kane; three grandsons, Austin Eaton of Kane, and Ryan Cuoco and Andrew Cuoco of Enfield, Conn.; a stepmother, June Eaton Ferguson of Friendship; two brothers, Chester Eaton of Ceres and Fred (Diane) Eaton of Smethport; two sisters, Elda "Cookie" (Milford) Green of Eldred and Lynn (Doug) Church of Enfield, Conn.; two stepbrothers, Joseph Elliott from Alabama and Sonny Elliott of Rochester, N.Y.; two stepsisters, Penny Beams from Alabama and Linda Stuck of Friendship; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1987 and his mother in 1965. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Frame Funeral Home, where memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Daniel Mong officiating.
Burial will follow in Lamphier Cemetery in Eldred. The Veteran's Flag will be presented by his cousin Patrick "Pepper" Eaton of Lantz Corners.
The family requests memorials be made to the Eldred Township Fire Department or the Sena Kean Manor of Smethport.