In Memory of

Donald M. Eldridge

December 7, 1937 - August 2, 2023
From: Jolley, IA

Jolley – Donald M. Eldridge 85, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at his home in Jolley.  Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 8, 2023 at the Jolley Community United Methodist Church, Jolley, with Pastor Felix Tshibang officiating.  Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery, Jolley, with Military Graveside Rites by the Amvets Post #41 of Rockwell City.  Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

     Donald is survived by his wife Bonnie of 60 years; sons, Dean (Teri) Eldridge of Sac City, Doug (Becky) Eldridge of Seymour, David (Leah) Eldridge of Red Oak, and Dale (Holly) Eldridge of Clare; 14 grandchildren, Brandon (Domi), Blake, Mathew, Jacob, Jaxon, Nicholas (Salina), Brody, Brooke, Sabrynna, Sharadyn, Clell “CJ”, Jace, Erin (Anthony), and Owen; 7 great-grandchildren, Tucker “Fingers”, Izzy, Lydia, Elinor, Killian, Brycen, and Emersyn; and two sisters.  He was preceded in death by his grandson Zackary Eldridge; his parents, Miles and Iola (Pennimann) Eldridge; and brother James Eldridge.

     Donald Miles Eldridge was born December 7, 1937 in Sac County, Iowa, the second of four children to Miles and Iola Eldridge.  He graduated from Jolley High School, with the Class of 1957. In 1957, Don served in the United States Army and finished his military duty in the Army Reserves.  In 1963, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Jean Stamper at the United Methodist Church in Gilmore City.  This union was blessed with four sons, Dean, Doug, David, and Dale.  Throughout their 60 years of marriage, they farmed in various areas before settling down in Jolley.  Don’s true passion was farming and caring for his cows.  He also enjoyed playing cards, fishing, hunting, dancing, socializing, and watching his grandchildren in their various activities.  Family, friend, or complete stranger, Don would talk to anyone.  Don “Squiggy” to his family, had a heart of gold and loved to tease his grandchildren.  There was never a dull moment when he was around and he will be dearly missed.

     Don was a faithful member of the Jolley Community United Methodist Church, 4H Leader, MYF Leader, Town Council, Cattlemen’s Association, assistant Boy Scout Leader, and played Santa Claus for many years in Jolley.   

Funeral Services
10:30 a.m. - Tuesday
August 8, 2023
Jolley Community United
Methodist Church
Jolley, Iowa
Pastor Felix Tshibang
Dean Eldridge
Doug Eldridge
David Eldridge
Dale Eldridge
4:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Monday
August 7, 2023
Palmer & Swank Funeral Home
Rockwell City, Iowa
Organist - Mary Smith
Crown Hill Cemetery
Jolley, Iowa
Military Graveside Rites by
Amvets Post #41 of Rockwell City


Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 7:39 PM
“I send my condolences to the Eldridge family. I have learned the pass away of Mr Donald, with whom I spent 3 months at his home as an exchange student back in 1987. I remember Bonnie and Dale and David and have good memories of my American family. I would love to keep in touch with you guys if possible ( Whatsapp +51 997576117)”
- Jose Noriega

Sunday, August 6, 2023 at 10:58 AM
“We are so very sorry for your loss!! May beautiful memories flood your heart! 🙏♥️”
- Dick & Karen Shull

Friday, August 4, 2023 at 10:21 AM
“So very sorry Brandon, Domi, and family. Our hearts break with you and we are sending you a big hug. Know that we love you! Brandon, your grandfather was obviously an amazing & great man and was obviously loved and treasured! ”
- Eddy & Shelly McCaffrey, Richard & Ruth May

Friday, August 4, 2023 at 9:03 AM
“Prayers to the family.”
- Mike Easton

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