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3435 North 1st Avenue
TUCSON, AZ 85719
Phone: 520-888-1111
Fax: 520-888-0092
Eldon McLaughlin

Eldon L. McLaughlin

Thursday, September 17th, 1959 - Saturday, September 21st, 2019
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Eldon Leroy McLaughlin, Jr.
September 17, 1959 - September 21, 2019

Eldon, 60, a native Tucsonan, is survived by wife, Christine Mondrawickas, his life partner for 29 years, and his furry friend, Wolfi, the family Dachshund; mother, Dolores Mano, Tucson; father, Eldon L. McLaughlin, Sr., Vista, CA; brother, Mark McLaughlin (Sylvie), Tucson; uncles Gordon Gumble, Golden, CO, Roger Gumble (Judy), Albuquerque, NM, and Don Schmitt, Lacon, IL; nephews Colt McLaughlin (Kara), Chad McLaughlin, Jared McLaughlin, Dean McLaughlin (Genna), two grand-nephews, and two grand-nieces, all of Tucson. He is also survived by cousins in Colorado, Missouri, Illinois and New Mexico.

Eldon loved Tucson and the beautiful Sonoran Desert. A dedicated hiker, he explored the Catalina Mountains hundreds of times with his friends. He was fascinated with the abundant wildlife he found on every hiking trip. An avid fisherman, he fished the lakes south and east of Tucson on fun-filled trips with Chris and his dachshunds through the years. He had an enthusiasm for learning, and could build or fix anything he set his mind to. He spent hours reading about a subject until he knew it thoroughly. In fact, when he was a kid he read the whole encyclopedia. He had a passion for firearms from an early age and was a collector throughout his life. He was a generous and precious human being who was taken from this life too early. His friends and family will miss him, but he will always be remembered for the unique individual he was.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Friday, October 11, 2019 at Abbey Funeral Chapel, 3435 N. 1st Avenue, Tucson AZ 85719. The memorial service will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the ALS Association or to a charity of your choice.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 11th, 2019 | 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    When
    Friday, October 11th, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Location
    Abbey Funeral Chapel
    Address
    3435 N. 1st Ave.
    TUCSON, AZ 85719
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  • Service

    Friday, October 11th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    When
    Friday, October 11th, 2019 1:30pm
    Location
    Abbey Funeral Chapel
    Address
    3435 N. 1st Ave.
    TUCSON, AZ 85719
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Anne Ripp

Posted at 07:58pm
I am a cousin of Eldon's from Illinois, my dad Don Schmitt is Eldon Sr's older brother. It has been many, many years since I have seen Eldon or Mark, they used to come to Illinois over the 4th of July, we always had a lot of fireworks & went to the local carnival, I remember it being lots of fun. I want to send my sympathy to Christine, Dolores, Eldon Sr & Mark & his family, my family will keep all of you in our thoughts & prayers.
Love,
Anne Schmitt Ripp

Renee Shaffer

Posted at 10:26am
“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” -Helen Keller
We are sorry for your loss. Eldon, was such a great person, he will live on in all of our memories forever.
With love,
Mike, Renee, Cole and Riley Shaffer
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