Services for James Arthur Eldridge, 77, of Sweet, who passed away August 16, 2019 at a Nampa care center, will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Sweet-Montour Syringa Club Hall in Sweet.
James was born on September 12, 1941 at New Plymouth, Idaho to Arthur and Mabel Boor Eldridge. He was reared and educated in the Sweet area and graduated from Emmett High School in 1959. He married Bernice Heikkila in 1959. He was employed at Hoff Lumber for a short time, then, worked at the Boise Cascade Mill in Emmett.
Jim and Bernice lived at several different places in Gem County over the years. While working at Boise Cascade he completed his apprenticeship and became a journeyman electrician. He worked at the mill in Emmett until 1980. He worked in Alaska at Prudhoe Bay for the next 20 years as an electrician. Working for two weeks each month and traveling back home for two weeks. He retired in 2001. While working in Alaska he enjoyed fishing for Halibut.
In 1987 he purchased a ranch in Sweet. He raised Lowline Angus and was a member of the American Lowline Angus Association. He served as president of that association. He ran for the Idaho State Legislature in the late 1960’s. While at the mill he was a member of the Lumber and Sawmill Workers Union. Jim was also an avid reader and a member of the Will James Society.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and a sister, and a granddaughter. Jim is survived by two daughters, Kim Eldridge and Nancy (Rick) Husfloen both of Nampa and a son, Dale (Angela) of Boise. There are 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Sweet-Montour Syringa Club in care of Judy Peterson 11725 North Highway 52 Horseshoe Bend, Idaho 83629.
Services are in the care of the Potter Funeral Chapel Emmett.
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