Eldon H. Underwood, age 93, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the Medicalodge in Fort Scott.
Eldon was born July 15, 1925, to Harvey and May Underwood in Garland, Kansas. Eldon and his four siblings grew up on the farm, without electricity and running water for most of their young lives.
Eldon married Elma Hawkins in January of 1952 at Girard, Kansas. They made their home in Garland where they had a feedlot business they incorporated in 1952. Eldon and Elma were lifelong fans of the St. Louis Cardinals and enjoyed traveling to Bluegrass Festivals. He also enjoyed coon hunting, raising goats, mules, and always had a hound or two.
He was a Korean War Veteran, serving as a Radio Man, receiving an honorable discharge, as a Corporal, June 12, 1952 and an active member of the Cherry Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include a brother-in-law Eldon Hawkins of Sulphur, Louisiana, and many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elma, siblings; Carl and Clair Underwood, Mary Ham and JoAnn Caldwell.
Rev. Norman Tillotson will conduct funeral services at 10:00 AM, Friday November 30th at the Cherry Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Large Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Cherry Grove Baptist Church and can be left in the care of Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S Main St., PO Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.
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Eldon’s son Darren Trogdon was Eldon’s only child. His son’s mother was Shirley Trogdon. Darren Trogdon lived with his step father Leonard Trogdon and grandparents Frank and Freida Trogdon up to the age of 10 on the Trogdon Family Farm in Fort Scott Kansas. Darren is now married to Pamela and they share a 16 year old son Ethan. Darren and Pamela have been happily married for 31 years. Darren is now a resident of California and lives with his family in Madera county.