CHARLES ELDON PRIGMORE 717/1919 - 8/13/2013 Charles Eldon Prigmore, 94, born July 17, 1919, in Bloomington Township, Butler County, Kansas, to Charles F. and Clara E. (Allen) Prigmore went home to be with his Lord on August 13, 2013. Eldon worked on local Kansas farms as a boy of 12, hauling hay with men who at first scoffed at his age and his ability to do the backbreaking work in the sweltering Kansas heat. Due to the lack of work during the Great Depression, Eldon, along with childhood friend Earl Deal, and future brothers-in-law Melvin and Ralph Hamlin, entered the U.S. Army in 1940, with a special commitment to be assigned to Corregidor, in the Philippines. Eldon was personal clerk to General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral Ernest King in the Malinta Tunnel in Corregidor. Eldon survived the Bataan Death March, Japanese hell ship bombing, on his 25th birthday, and incarceration in Japanese prison camp for 3-1/2 years, until the war ended. After the war, Eldon worked in various sales positions, including selling real estate with Newt Bass and Bud Westland, in Apple Valley, CA, in the 1950s. Eldon could always tell a great, funny story - usually on himself. He kept his sense of humor to his last days. Eldon's brothers, Wayne and Phillip Prigmore, and sisters Carol Prigmore and Allene (Prigmore) Archer predeceased Eldon. He leaves many loving nieces and nephews. Eldon is survived by his daughter, Pamela Gerbitz, Victorville, CA; stepson, Larry McQuiston, Cottage Grove, OR; grandchildren, Heather (Gerbitz) Cooper, and Amber (Gerbitz) Knight; Geordan and Gaelan McQuiston; and great granddaughters, Britnee and Bridget Scott. Also surviving Eldon is his childhood friend and former wife, E. Ruth (Hamlin) Bullock, Hesperia, CA, mother to Pamela and Larry. Arrangements by Victor Valley Mortuary, Victorville. Funeral services will be held at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA, August 21 at 2 p.m.
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Published in the Daily Press on Aug. 18, 2013