Elon Henry Eash, age 87 years, of Archbold, passed away early Friday morning, Jan. 22, 2010, at CHP In-Patient Hospice Center, Defi- ance after an extended and courageous battle with prostate cancer.
He was born July 31, 1922, at home in Archbold, the son of Ervin and Ada (Aeschliman) Eash. He married Lorene Nofziger on June 4, 1950, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 1, 2007.
Prior to his marriage, Elon devoted 5.5 years in various mission fields. As a conscientious objector during WWII, he worked with Civilian Public Service (CPS) in Denison, Iowa, Ypsilanti, Mich., and Galax, Va., and as a smoke jumper in Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area, Ore. and Terry, Mont.
Following WWII, he traveled to Europe to assist in rebuilding efforts as a part of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Relief Training Unit- France (RTUF).
He was responsible for driving relief supplies during the Berlin airlift and moving German refugees to port to begin new lives in Paraguay.
Following his marriage to Lorene, they lived in rural Pettisville before moving their family to Mount Gilead, Ohio, where Elon farmed and worked as a welder and steel burner at Marion Power Shovel.
He served as a member of the Northmor School Board, Morrow County, Ohio.
While living in Mount Gilead, Elon was a member of Johnsville Conservative Mennonite Church and Gilead Mennonite Church.
In Archbold, Elon was a member of the Lockport Mennonite Church, rural Stryker.
Elon continued to travel, visiting Africa, Haiti, Paraguay and Europe numerous times.
Elon is survived by three children, William (Esther) Eash of Newton, Kan., Neal (Lori) Eash of Louisville, Tenn., and Marybeth (Greg) Watterson of Mount Gilead; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother Wesley Eash of Archbold; and sister Miriam Yoder of Archbold.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, infant son Philip Jay, brothers Victor Eash and Verlin Eash, and sisters Verda Short and Vivian Miller.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. at Lockport Mennonite Church.
Short Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Elon Eash’s memory to Haiti Relief, c/o Mennonite Central Committee, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500 or https://donate. mcc.org/project/haiti-earth quake.
As his last service to others, Elon donated his body to science. In the often spoken words of Elon, “God bless you real good.”