SHAWMUT (FAIRFIELD) - Eldon E. Bartley, 92, passed away peacefully Saturday evening June 28, 2014, at his home in Shawmut, surrounded by family and friends. He was born Jan. 5, 1922, in Clinton, the son of Lewis A. and Mollie A. (Burtt) Bartley.
He married Emerline (Gurney) Bartley on April 24, 1948, and they were happily married for 66 years. They spent their life together at the home they had built in Shawmut village.
In 1955, he and Emerline built a camp on Moosehead Lake, where they shared many good times with family and friends. Eldon loved being up at Moosehead.
Eldon was a pilot. He owned two planes and loved to fly with Emerline by his side. He would fly to New York to pick up his friends to take them to camp. He was also an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.
Eldon was an Army veteran who proudly served his country in World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945 after being wounded, and received many medals for his brave service to his country. He was a member of Siloam Masonic Lodge 92 AF and AM of Fairfield. He was a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite Body as well as a member of Anah Temple of Bangor. Eldon worked at Keyes Fiber for 43 years as a grinder technician and first hand.
Eldon leaves behind his loving wife of 66 years, Emerline (Gurney), of Shawmut. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Christine Beaulieu, Ruby Harding, and Earline McGoff and husband Stanley; brother-in-law Omar Gurney; several very special nieces and nephews, and many friends. Eldon was a warm wonderful man who will be greatly missed by all.
Eldon was predeceased by his parents; his four brothers, Lewie, Eddie, Floyd and Don Bartley; as well as by his seven sisters, Myrtle Johnson, Cecile Whittaker, Ina Bryant, Phyllis Hann, Glennis Dixon, Faye Tracy and Ina Releader.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 7, at Shawmut Baptist Church in Shawmut, followed by interment at Maplewood Cemetery in Fairfield with Masonic and military participation. There will be a luncheon held at the Fairfield Veterans of Foreign Wars immediately following interment.
In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Eldon's memory to the Shawmut Chapelm P.O. Box 222, Shawmut ME 04975.
Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.