OBITUARY

Francis J McEldowney

February 8, 1930January 2, 2019
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Francis J. McEldowney age 88, of Versailles passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. ` Francis was born February 8, 1930, in Darke County to the late Franklin P. & Mary Jane (Marchal) McEldowney. In addition to his parents, Francis was also preceded in death by his wife, Helen A. (Voisard) McEldowney on May 27, 2015, whom he married November 23, 1950; sisters, Agnes McEldowney and Mary Gerling; and brothers, Leroy, Arthur and Wilford McEldowney. Francis is survived by his children, Mike & Judy McEldowney of Tipp City, Phil & Susan McEldowney of Versailles, Diane & John Swallow of Greenville, Doug & Kelly McEldowney of Medina and Deb & Rich Baker of Troy; grandchildren, Betsy & Josh Kraft, Mykal & Angie McEldowney, John McEldowney, Jennifer & Adam Didier, Craig & Nicole Swallow, Jill Swallow, Krista & Matt Folkerth, Tricia McEldowney, Joey & Katie McEldowney, Michelle & Craig Muhlenkamp and Alex Baker & fiancée, Alaina Smith; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Rose Henry and Jenny Voisard; brother-in-law, Royce Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews. Francis retired in 1992 from BF Goodrich in Troy where he was a toolmaker for 32 years. He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, January 7, 2019, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00 PM and Monday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care or the Versailles Area Museum.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 6, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, January 7, 2019
REMEMBERING

Francis J McEldowney

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Brad Mercer

January 3, 2019

Michael, words cannot express my sorrow for the loss of your father. I am thinking about you and your family and wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time. What is surely a huge loss for you is a big gain for God. Your father will stay alive in your heart forever.

Carolyn Gerling/Toman

January 3, 2019

I have many wonderful memories of Uncle Francis but the first memory I thought of is how he would play his guitar and sing to me when I stayed at grandma's farm as a very little girl. I didn't realize this until now, but I have had a love for guitar music throughout my life and I'm sure that love came from his playing and singing to me way back then.

I am so happy that he came to our family reunion the past two summers and that we had a chance to play "Sheep Buck" with him again. Oh the great memories of him and his brothers playing this game in the kitchen on grandma's farm!!

I am heart broken to lose this man from my life but will always cherish the many memories of him.

My sincere condolences to his children and grand children and family. We will all miss him.
Carolyn Gerling-Toman

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