Kevin Joe Eldridge, 50, formerly of Salem, Ohio, and of Murphysboro, Illinois, passed away at 1:19 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at the Rehab and Care Center of Jackson County, Murphysboro, Illinois.
Kevin was born on September 1, 1961, in Murphysboro, Illinois, to Walter L. Eldridge and Wilda M. (Perkins) Eldridge.
He was a graduate of the Murphysboro Township High School and of SIU at Carbondale. He received his master's degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Iowa at Iowa City, IA and also taught at Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa. Then he taught at University of Louisiana at Monroe, LA, and finally was a Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Ohio at Salem, OH.
Kevin is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Walter Eldridge of Murphysboro;
three sisters Beverly S. Randolph and her husband Merle Randolph of Marion, OH, Patricia L. Whitacre of Kissimmee, FL, and Lola G. Wilkerson and her husband Stephen J. Wilkerson of North Port, FL;
three nephews and two nieces and a number of aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his stillborn infant, his maternal and paternal grandparents, and his dog Cody, whom he raised from a puppy.