Elden C. Milbridge
Elden C. Milbridge, 76, of Virginia passed away on Jan. 3, 2014, at his home from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.
He was born on July 24, 1937, in Soudan and grew up there; and graduated from Tower-Soudan High School where he was a local basketball standout in the 1955 regional basketball tournament.
In 1957 he married his high school sweetheart and lifelong love, Sharon Toutloff.
After moving to Virginia, he worked for Erie Mining Company for 30 years. Upon retiring there, he worked at Seppi Brothers for 15 years.
Elden loved his family, “putzing” at the family cabin on Lake Vermilion, but most of all, he treasured his family, his 8 grandchildren and countless friends.
Through the years El coached youth hockey, enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching his children and grandchildren play hockey, softball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, perform in figure skating competitions, dance recitals and choir concerts. Anywhere his grandchildren were, El and Sharon were there, always together.
He was known at the Virginia high school hockey games for being the “voice of the Blue Devils” for many years and in more recent years, could be seen at the corner behind the goal, an avid fan, cheering the Blue Devils on.
El was preceded in death by his parents, Arnie and Elsie, brother Elmer and his sister Ethyl Syrjanen.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sharon; sons Larry Milbridge and Dan (Alicia) Milbridge; daughter Cherie (Matt) Seppi; grandchildren Nigel Milbridge, Eric (Sara) Milbridge, Matt (Danielle) Seppi Jr., Rachel Seppi, Megan Seppi, Andy Milbridge, Brittany Oakman, Kayli Oakman and great-granddaughters Mattelyn Seppi and Katarina Milbridge; brothers Earl (Marian) Milbridge of St. Paul and John (Laurie) Milbridge of Tower; and brother-in-law Ray Syrjanen; as well as many, many nieces and nephews.
El’s legacy will be that he was a devoted father, husband, brother and friend to all who knew him. He was an honest, humble man who weathered the storm of his illness with a smile, a quick wit and constant focus on others.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia with the Rev. Fr. John O’Donnell as celebrant. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Blue Pride Fund in honor of El’s support for local athletes. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.