Eldon F. Morrill, a lifelong resident of Stoughton and U.S. Army veteran of World War II, passed away in Stoughton Monday, April 9, 2012. He was 89 years old. He was the beloved husband of the late Mildred E. (Lewis) Morrill, who passed away Jan. 25, 2012. Born March 1, 1923, in Stoughton, Eldon was a son to the late Frederick and Lulu (Lyle) Morrill. "Moe" as he was affectionately known, attended Stoughton Public Schools and was a 1942 graduate of Stoughton High School. Following graduation. he entered the military, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a Ball Turret Gunner in the 15th Air Force with the 451st Bombardment Group. While based in Italy, he participated in the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign. His combat missions included flying over 35 sorties with the B24 Liberator Group. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant as well as achieving various awards, decorations and campaign medals. Sgt. Morrill was also the proud recipient of a Certificate of Valor in recognition of his courageous military service in aerial combat. Prior to his deployment overseas in 1943, Eldon married his high school sweetheart, Millie Lewis. After his return home from the war in 1945, they established their lifelong home in Stoughton, where they raised their family. Eldon worked the automotive industry and was employed by Consolidated Peterbilt in Foxboro. He was also employed by the Stoughton Fire Department as a radio dispatcher. His interests included wildlife, sports, ham radio and especially aviation. Eldon held a private pilot's license and enjoyed flying out of Wiggins Airport in Norwood. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Stoughton. He was a devoted husband, father and will be fondly remembered and missed greatly. Mr. Morrill is survived by his loving children, Carol A. McEachron of Buzzards Bay, Eldon F. Morrill Jr. and his wife Kristin of Mendon, Linda Gail Bindbeutel and her husband Henry of West Paris, Maine and Janiece A. Bruce and her husband Gene of Stoughton. Other survivors include his sister, Audrey E. (Morrill) Campbell of Bridgewater; his nine grandchildren; and his six great-grandchildren. He was also a brother-in-law to Eleanor Gaibl of Stoughton, Elaine Davis of East Bridgewater and Helen Lewis also of Stoughton. Eldon was also a brother to the late Frederick Morrill, Wendell Morrill and Lyle Morrill. His funeral service was held Friday, April 13, 2012, at 12 p.m. in the Sheehan, Lowe & Powers Funeral Home, 115 Monk St., Stoughton. Burial with military honors will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Stoughton. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Veterans Services Office, Town of Stoughton, 10 Pearl St., Stoughton, MA 02072, Attn: Michael Payzra ,Veterans Agent, in Eldon's memory, would be appreciated. To send online condolences, please visit www.sheehanfuneralhome.com. Sheehan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Lowe & Powers, Inc. Since 1860 781-344-2061
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Published in The Stoughton Journal from Apr. 12 to Apr. 19, 2012