NORTH MANCHESTER – Eldon Fruitt, 87, of North Manchester, died at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Timbercrest Healthcare.  

He was born Aug. 21, 1931, to Floyd and Josephine Shipley Fruitt.

Eldon married Marianne Butterbaugh in North Manchester on Aug. 18, 1950; she died June 19, 2018.

He drove semi-truck, retired from the North Manchester Foundry, and also farmed. He was a member of the Old German Baptist Church New Conference.

Eldon and Marianne wintered in Sebring, Fla., for 14 years. He enjoyed restoring old tractors, but especially enjoyed his family.  

He is survived by four children: Randy (Sharon) Fruitt, Monica (Alan) Brubaker, Sally (Harvey) Miller and Rodney Fruitt, all of North Manchester; eight grandchildren: Heidi Stout, Mandi Herring, Boyd Brubaker, Brad Brubaker, Jenny Stofer, Jodi Oyler, Betsy Holbrook and Kristopher Fruitt; 19 great-grandchildren; and sisters and brother: Norma Rager, Carol Sue Richards, Janet Michael, Jeanne Batta, Danny Fruitt and Sharon Dunnick.  

He was also preceded in death by his parents; great-granddaughter, Aleea Brubaker; two brothers, Leon and Ron Fruitt; and his sister, Joan Franklin.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 15, at the Old German Baptist Church New Conference, 1013 W. 1200 N., North Manchester. Burial will be in Old German Baptist Church Cemetery, North Manchester.  

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester.


Memorials to Old German Baptist Church New Conference.

The memorial guest book for Eldon may be signed at