Eldon T. Pruitt, age 79, of Waterloo passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at Stillwater Hospice in Fort Wayne.
He was born on August 6, 1943 in Bartley, West Virginia to Fred Burl and Ruby (Rife) Pruitt.
Mr. Pruitt honorably served his country in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany for three years.
He married the love of his life, Karen Opdycke on December 28, 1980 in Garrett. She resides in Waterloo.
Eldon was a member of the Local United Auto Workers for 35 years. He served as a Committeeman for several years at Warner Gear then Auburn Gear. He then worked security for Securitas at the General Motors Plant in Fort Wayne, retiring in 2010.
Karen and Eldon traveled to Las Vegas, Hawaii and Alaska as well as many 4 wheeling trips in West Virginia where they enjoyed visiting with family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4 wheeling and playing pool with friends at the Heimach Center in Auburn. He also enjoyed trips to the casino with Karen. Most of all, Eldon enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his kids and grandkids.
His wife of almost 43 years; Karen Pruitt of Waterloo.
Daughter; Trina Sells of Kendallville.
Daughter; Flora Leung of Fort Wayne.
Son; Ryan Pruitt of Fort Wayne.
Daughter and son-in-law; Misty and Nick Workman of Auburn.
Daughter; Denese Sexton and James Knapp of Auburn.
Son; Robert Williford and Sabrina Bruner of Angola.
Daughter; Lisa Hopkins of Fort Wayne.
Son; Rich Yowell and Carrie Leslie of Fort Wayne.
Son; Kaiden Stuller of Waterloo.
22 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
Brother and sister-in-law; Lonnie and Esther Pruitt of Kansas.
Brother and sister-in-law; Grant and Melva Pruitt of North Carolina.
Brother and sister-in-law; Arnold and Sandy Pruitt of North Carolina.
Brother and sister-in-law; Merle and Darlene Pruitt of West Virginia.
Brother and sister-in-law; Thearn Pruitt and his wife of North Carolina.
Brother and sister-in-law; Earnest and Kim Pruitt of North Carolina.
Brother and sister-in-law; Harold and Diane Pruitt of West Virginia.
Sister and brother-in-law; Joyce and Jerry Cooper of Virginia.
Uncle; James Pruitt of Kendallville.
Several nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother; Ray Pruitt.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 1, 2023 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 875 South Wayne Street in Waterloo.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Charlie Mosley officiating.
Burial will take place at the Waterloo Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be given to Shriners Hospitals for Children, PO Box 947765, Atlanta, Georgia 30394.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.fellerandclark.com and on our Facebook page at Feller and Clark Funeral Homes.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Waterloo.