James H. Eldred

Born: Tue., May 2, 1944
Died: Sat., Sep. 5, 2020


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Sep. 10, 2020
Location: Yost-Gedon Funeral Home

Memorial Graveside Service

10:00 AM Sat., Sep. 12, 2020
Location: Cedar Hill Cemetery

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James H. Eldred


Jim, as he was known to all his friends, admitted he had a very full life. He was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1962-1966, reaching the rank of Lance Corporal, traveling to Cuba, the Mediterranean, and to Guam, where he was a disc jockey for the U.S. Armed Forces radio. He worked for Corning Asahi Video in State College, retiring in 2001.

In recent years, he became very involved with the Beech Creek Legion, as seen in the picture, “playing” Taps on the horn. In his workshop, he crafted many pieces of furniture for friends and family. Maybe you didn’t know that he was a World Champion Horseshoe pitcher in 1999 and 2000. He was an avid golfer and on a pool league team. He had been a collector of cars and motorcycles for most of his life, but in the last few years, he began to build and then race a drag car in his 70s! 

James Howard Eldred is the son of William Kenneth Eldred and Virginia Harriet Edge.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Carol Joy Crofutt, his parents and by his siblings, Bill (William Kenneth, Jr.), Dick (Richard Clayton) and Skeeter (Virginia Oneida). 

Jim is survived by his three children, Kathy McCloskey (William) of Mill Hall, Kelly Corman (Lee) of Beech Creek, and Kevin Eldred (Amanda) of Williamsport, his younger sister, Barbara (Arnold) Ylonen, three granddaughters (Katie, Olivia and Rachael) and four grandsons (Nicholas, Wyatt, Caden and Colson) and one great-grandson (Jimmy). He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, many cousins, and many more friends and neighbors. 

Jim supported many causes over the years, as many local charities as he could. In lieu of flowers, feel free to support any worthy cause of your choice, Jim would have.

Family and friend will be received in the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LLC 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, CDC Guidelines will be enforced, masks are required.   A memorial service with full military honors by the Jersey American Legion Honor Guard and Pastor Mark E. Riley will follow on Saturday, September 12, 2020 in the Cedar Hill Cemetery at 10:00 am.

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Bob, Tom, Randy Clark
   Posted Wed September 09, 2020
Jim was a good friend from childhood in the hill section of Lock Haven which we faithfully patrolled with a substantial armory of bb guns, pea shooters, and slingshots for many years. It was with great pleasure that we all reconnected in recent years to relive those times. Jim had our profound respect for all he was able to accomplish in his life and we will truly and sorely miss him.
Our sincere condolences to his family......

Lori A Fisher
   Posted Sat September 12, 2020
We are going to miss Jim he was a good person. I remember talking to him at the playground across the street from Weis store in Lock Haven. He was working to make the park a great place for kids. That was a special thing to do for kids that he might not have known. A lot of people might not have cared about the park for kids, but he did. He was a special person that will be missed.

Katy and Bill Turner
   Posted Sat September 12, 2020
Jim was a very good man and a very kind, nice guy. Though we didn’t know Jim for a “long time”, we felt as though we did, from the first time we met him. (We met Jim through his brother Dick, who was a dear friend of ours, and the Best Man at our wedding.) We went to Beech Creek in 2015 with a furniture piece from Dick’s estate auction, which would find a home with Jim’s daughter Kelly. During our visit Jim invited us to his place, and he made us feel so welcome. We were so impressed with his cars and his garage, all of which Jim was so proud! Jim set us up on a good tour of Kelly and Lee’s farm, a highlight of our trip. We saw that Jim was the definition of a family man, a guy for whom family came first. We are so happy to have met Jim, a wonderful person. We wish we had a lot more time with him. We wish we could have attended Jim’s service. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends. Sincerely, Katy and Bill Turner

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