Eldon R. Anderson, 82, of Paxton passed away at 9:56 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019, at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton on Pells. Eldon was born June 16, 1937 in Paxton, the son of Clarence R. and Evelyn V. Swanson Anderson. He married Maxine Deen Swan on May 11, 1985, at the Evangelical Covenant Church, Paxton. She survives. Along with his wife, Maxine, he is survived by two nieces, Vickie (Mike) Brehm of Lake Iroquois, Loda, and Linda (Mike) Rivest of Rantoul; two nephews, Gary Barber of Attleboro, Mass.; and Keith (Jennifer) Barber of Naples, Fla. Also surviving are a stepdaughter, Connie (Tom) Sauer of rural Paxton; two step-sons, Danny (Vickie) Swan of rural Paxton and Randy (Debbie) Swan of Paxton; seven step-grandchildren and seven step-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Arlene Barber; and brother-in-law, Donald Barber. Eldon graduated from Paxton High School in 1955. He served in the Army National Guard as a Reserve from 1959 to 1965. Eldon worked as a Civil Service Employee and retired from Chanute Air Force Base. He was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Paxton. Eldon was a former member of the Paxton Lions Club and worked at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall as an usher for many years. His interests included collecting toy tractors and attending farm/tractor shows. Eldon’s family would like to thank the nurses, aides and other staff of Accolade Healthcare of Paxton on Pells and Transitions Hospice for their kind and compassionate care of Eldon. Memorials may be made to the Evangelical Covenant Church, Paxton, or an organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com.