Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Sanford “Joe” Eldridge

Sanford Donald “Joe” Eldridge, age 87, of Quincy, died Monday, October 9, 2017 at 1:40 p.m. in Illinois Veterans’ Home.

Sanford Eldridge | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IllinoisJoe was born October 25, 1929 in Akron, OH, the son of Walter J. and Lula M. Eldridge He married Maxine Alice DeLong on May 6, 1950 in San Francisco, CA. She preceded him in death on January 5, 1995.

Joe graduated from Barry College. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy. He was employed by Springfield Light and Gas as a Diesel Mechanic. During the 1980’s, Joe experimented with the production of gasahol. He enjoyed camping and fishing.

Survivors include: three sons: Don (Judy) Eldridge of Elk River, MN; Mike (Jackie) Eldridge of Minneapolis, MN; Steve (JoAnn) Eldridge of Houston, TX; four daughters: Gwenn Eldridge of New Germany, MN; Patricia (Tom) Blair of Dexter, MO; Theresa (Dean) Tyner of Geneva, FL; and Barbara Wargo of Amesbury, MA; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Joe was preceded in death by his parents.

Services: 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017 at All Faiths Chapel at Illinois Veteran’s Home, with Rev. Don Blickhan officiating.

Burial: Sunset Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017 at All Faiths Chapel at Illinois Veteran’s Home

Memorials: Illinois Veterans’ Home Activity Fund


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. Hi Dad, this is your daughter Terri, in Florida. This will be the last letter I write to you.
    I will be in Quincy soon, to see you laid to rest.
    I am only comforted by knowing that you are in no discomfort, that you are enjoying our mother, Maxine and that you are spending everlasting life in Gods’ house.
    But since you are there, you might want to look down at Geneva Florida and get an eyeful of those gators and all that flooding that I wrote you about. You won’t be able to see the garden that Dean and I had, but you will see a 60 ft boardwalk that was meant to keep our feet dry during the floods.
    I hope you get to meet your folks and that Mammy, Pappy , Roy Jr. and Baby doll show you how much they loved you.
    We will meet again Dad. I just want to thank you for ALL the lessons you taught me, the love and the help you gave me, the advice, and thank you for loving to dance and giving all 7 of us kids your wonderful sense of humor.
    I love you, Dad. And I will miss you a lot forever and ever. Please tell mom that I love and miss her every day.
    Your daughter Terri, in Florida

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