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Obituary for Eldon Ray Rothwell


Eldon Ray Rothwell, 76, Gardner, Kansas passed away Saturday, December 30, 2023 at Olathe Hospice House, Olathe, Kansas. Visitation will be 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2024 with a memorial service with Military Honors to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, Kansas (913) 856-7111. Private Inurnment. There will be a Celebration of Life and refreshments at the Grange Hall after the service.  Everyone is welcome. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas State Grange or Olathe Hospice House. Condolences may be left at

Eldon was born in Independence, Missouri on July 26, 1947 to Orra James and Delores A. (Berlekamp) Rothwell. He grew up in Independence, graduating from William Chrisman High School in 1966. Eldon was a United States Army Veteran, serving three years and then joining the Army Reserves for eight years. Following his service with the Army, he served in the Air Force until 1993. His Army training was in radio repair. He served in Korea for a year. The Air Force sent Eldon to the Philippines, Spain, Washington, Korea, Oklahoma and Italy. He was active duty during Desert Storm. Eldon received many military recognitions and honors.

In 1977, Eldon earned an Associate of Science in business administration and in 1979 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. Eldon married Linda Kincaide on December 17, 1988 in Gardner, Kansas. They were married for 35 years. He was a clerk for the IRS, Kansas City, Missouri, retiring in 2013 after working for 35 years. Eldon attended Fellowship Bible Church, Gardner, Kansas. He was a member of the Gardner Grange #68, VFW Post #11234 and former board member of the Gardner Historical Museum. Eldon and Linda enjoyed numerous trips to Branson and square dancing with the Docey Dandies Club. Word searches were a favorite of Eldon’s.

Eldon was preceded in death by his parents and brothers James Dale Rothwell and Jimmie Oral Rothwell. He is survived by his wife Linda of the home; sisters Donna (Larry) White, Odessa, Missouri and Sharon (David) Marshall, Pleasant Hill, Missouri and many nephews and nieces.