Obituaries » Charles L. Eldridge
June 30, 1932 - March 7, 2023
Charles Eldridge, 90, passed away March 7, 2023, in Ankeny, Iowa.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2023, at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at First Church of Christ (310 NW Ash Dr) in Ankeny, Iowa. Burial will take place immediately following the service at Glendale Cemetery.
Charles was born June 30, 1932, in Des Moines, Iowa to Robert and Florence Eldridge. He was the middle child of three boys, Robert was his older brother and George was his younger brother.
He graduated from Tech High in Des Moines after studying to be a machinist. Following high school, he was drafted into the Army and served in Korea where he worked as a mechanic, started a parts room, and drove the Korean wrecker into the mountains.
After returning home, he married Judy Eldridge of Des Moines, Iowa. They were married 52 years and had two children, Carol and Scott.
Charles worked as a third-generation owner and operator of Eldridge Welding and Machine Company, expanding the business successfully. He was also an active member and deacon with Westside Church in Des Moines and First Church of Christ in Ankeny. He generously supported these churches and many other Christian endeavors. He was a past President of the Izaak Walton League of America, Des Moines Chapter, and a member of the Izaak Walton League of America Board of Endowment. He was also a member of the Iowa Blacksmith Welders Association and the Engineering Society along with being President of the Beech Lake Association.
He is survived by his wife, Freda Eldridge; daughter, Carol Eldridge; and five grandchildren, Haley Terrell, Seth Terrell, Eve Terrell, Emily Eldridge, and Amy Eldridge. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Judy Eldridge; son, Scott Eldridge; and brothers, George Eldridge and Robert Eldridge.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Church of Christ in Ankeny or the Isaak Walton League.