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Major Oscar Eldridge, U.S.A.F. Retired

May 5, 1931 October 15, 2013
Major Oscar Eldridge, U.S.A.F. Retired
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Obituary for Major Oscar Eldridge, U.S.A.F. Retired

Major Oscar E. Eldridge, USAF (Retired) passed away peacefully on Oct. 15. Oscar was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be remembered for his kind spirit, friendly smile, patriotism and his love for and devotion to his family. Oscar was born in on May 5, 1931 in Rose Hill, Va. He joined the Air Force in 1951. He served honorably for 20 years as an intelligence officer and a navigator on the T-29, B-47 and B-52 aircraft. He proudly served in Strategic Air Command and was a Master Navigator and Bombardier. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Chapman University. He moved with his family to Vacaville from Guam in 1976. He worked for Transamerican Airlines, the Vacaville Post Office, taught Air Force JROTC and was a substitute teacher. Oscar was a proud military retiree and could often be seen around Travis Air Force Base volunteering at the hospital, chapels and socializing with both active duty and retired friends. He was a Master Mason, a member of the Retired Officer Association and the Air Force Navigators’ Observers Association. Oscar was an inspiration to all who knew him. He valued education, service to country and, above all else, love for family. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Jean Eldridge, his children, grandchildren, sisters and brothers. There will be a funeral service with Military Honors on Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at McCune Garden Chapel in Vacaville. Contributions in his name may be made to the Fisher House, 100 Bodin Circle, Travis AFB, CA 94535. We would like to offer a special thanks to the staff of 4 West, David Grant Medical Center.

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