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 Deroy Eaton

Deroy Eaton

Birth
Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA
Death 4 Feb 1945 (aged 102)
Pardeeville, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Pardeeville, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 38587368 · View Source
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Obituary published in thr Pardeeville-Wyocena Times - Thursday, February 8, 1945

Oldest Civil War Veteran Dies in His 103rd Year

Deroy Eaton Last County Survivor of War of 1861-65. Eight Left in State.

Pardeeville's and Columbia county's last surviving member of the Grand Army of the Republic is dead. "Taps" sounded for him last Sunday when he passed peacefully away in his sleep. Peacefully, as he had so lived with all men for over three generations. His death leaves only eight surviving members of the G.A.R. in the state, according to information received from the American Legion headquarters in Milwaukee on Tuesday, and of these he was the oldest.
For over three decades "Dad" Eaton was a familiar figure in Pardeeville, and until the last three years he was always in the vanguard of the Memorial Day parade, as a guest of honor, and himself paying homage to the military dead of our nation and honoring the flag for which he fought in the war between the states.
Deroy Eaton was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elikum Eaton, and was born in New York state, on May 7th, 1842. Had he lived until May next he would have been one hundred and three years of age. He came with his parents to Wisconsin when six years old and was living in Adams county, Wisconsin, when he heard the call to arms of the Civil war. and he enlisted for service at Portage. He served under Capt. James O'Niel in Co. H, 11th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, being discharged from service September 4th, 1865, after taking part in many of the important battles of the war.
Mr. Eaton was married to Alice Hicks of Eau Claire, and they took up land in Eau Claire county, homestead land being then available in this state. In 1884 they took up land in South Dakota where they lived for many years. Mrs. Eaton died many years ago. He was the father of four children, Mrs. Nettie Chase of South Dakota; Mrs. Brooks, also of South Dakota, deceased; Mrs. Rosetta Eaton and Mrs. Henry Cruckson of this city.
Brief services were held for Mr. Eaton at the family home on Wednesday, followed by services at the Lintner Funeral Home, in charge of Rev. Gordon Heide of Portage, pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist church of that city. Burial took place in the Pardeeville cemetery. Members of the American Legion Post acted as bearers and provided a color guard and military escort fired the traditional military salute at the grave.
About thirty-five years ago, Mr. Eaton came to Pardeeville to make his home with his daughters, Mrs. Henry Cruckson, and he has lived here continuously ever since, having then retired from active labor at the approximate age of about seventy years and having then attained the "three score and ten" years, alloted to man. He was then still an active man. He read much and was an active missionary in the work of the church. For many years he was an active mmember of the local Seveth Day Adventist church and took an active part in the development of the church in Pardeeville and contributed liberally to its support.
Highest on the list of human achievement is character, and if, as someone once said, "a good name is rather to be chosed than great riches," then "Dad" could be considered rich in human attainments. He always attributed his long life to the example of moderation and clean living. He never used tobacco or liquor, and he never used an unclean word. His early mission was to "live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man," and to serve well and faithfully his Lord and Master. Who can say that he did no well fill that mission.
Memebers of the local American Legion Post attended the funeral in a body, as did the members of the local W.R.C. Active ball bearers chosed from the Legion were: R.O. Atkinson, Clair Turner, Sam Treloar, George Smith, Harold Yelick, and Randolph Keeley. Flower girls, largely taken from the W.R.C., included Mrs. Chas Hodgman, Mrs. Loren Mosher, Mrs. Harry Spain, Mrs. Susie Whittingham, Mrs. Sam Treloar, Mrs. Henry Hunt, Mrs. May Payne, Mrs. J.P. Carmichael, Miss Amelia Kamrath, Music was furnished by Mrs. Max Hepler and Mrs. Chester Simmons.
The floral offerings were beautiful, most fittingly expressing the love, honor and respect the community born for this grand old man.
Among those from out of town in attendance at the service were Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Cruckson and Mr. and Mrs. Winifred Besac of Dalton, Mrs. Amber McCains of Texas.


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  • Maintained by: Terri Woodford
  • Originally Created by: Christine Woodford
  • Added: 21 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38587368
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Deroy Eaton (7 May 1842–4 Feb 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38587368, citing Pardeeville Cemetery, Pardeeville, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Terri Woodford (contributor 47093694) .