Eldon Daniel Aldred

April 7, 1929January 11, 2021

Eldon Daniel "Dan" Aldred, 91, passed away on January 11, 2021.

He was born in Kentucky on April 7, 1929, the son of the late Eldon and Nondes Aldred.

Dan served in the U.S. Navy and served two tours during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Purdue University with BSEE and BSNT degrees.

Dan worked as an Electronics Engineer and in Engineering Management for 44 years mostly at Magnavox.

With the help of other retired Magnavox Engineers, he wrote, edited, and illustrated a book on the programs and products of the Government and Industrial Division. His Navy service and his employment at Magnavox provided many opportunities for travel around the world.

Dan also enjoyed his three years as a volunteer leader of the Boy Scouts of AWAC.

He was a member of St. Joseph United Methodist Church since 1962.

He is survived by his children, Steve (Robin) Aldred, Lisa (David) Rabaduex, David (Christina) Aldred; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Donna Jean Aldred; and his siblings.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph United Methodist Church Youth Fund.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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January 28, 2021

I didn't know Eldon, but my parents tested milk on their family farm in noble county. John & Rosalie Rosenogle went to their farm every month to collect milk samples to test for butterfat. I went with them several times. His parents were wonderful and very knowledgeable people.

Keith Sloffer

January 27, 2021

I have had the pleasure to have know Mr. Aldred for years, and as a neighbor in Concordia Gardens, I will miss our conversations as he would always stop along his walks to chat about his activities, and family. My sympathies to his family, he will be missed.

John Foell

January 20, 2021

Dan was a good friend and mentor. He was one of those guys that you had to "prove yourself" to but once that was done he had your back. Years after he retired from Magnavox, he kept in touch and we "dug about" on electronic and pipe organs, and old radios. Dan was a polymath - interested in many things. Until Covid-19 interrupted, he was a regular at our little Friday lunches at the mall. He will be missed but more importantly, he will be remembered. R.I.P my friend. John D. Foell

Jim Crouse

January 20, 2021

While Dave is the only family survivor I know, I wish God's comfort to all of you. I just learned of his passing from John Foell, and in sharing the link to the obituary with other Magnavox/Raytheon folks, I included this:

I certainly did know Mr. Aldred, and in fact had a nice conversation with him just a year or so ago, at the calling for Dr. Dave Peterson. He told me at that time that he was on a waiting list to get into the Towne House.

His service to the Boy Scouts is mentioned, but I am rather certain that he was quite involved with them, as I understood he was one of the leaders in the annual "soap box derby" held in the center court of Glenbrook Square for years, and I believe he held the BSA "Silver Beaver" award for his service.

I also remember his unique "kidney" shaped desk top, covered in a pink Formica, which the maintenance shop constructed for him. It sat upon two-drawer file cabinets, both at Bueter Road and later at the Tech Center (I seem to recall the very SW corner of 10-B-2). He had more than a dozen file cabinets, and many piles of paper, but I was told that he could go directly to any desired document quickly, so he obviously had a remarkable memory along with great intelligence.

Requiescat in pacem.

It fits with his humility that the obituary did not emphasize that he was Director of Engineering when Magnavox was at the zenith of its history as a defense contractor. A true leader.
God be with you all.