Eldridge E. "Edgel" "Big Red" Arbogast, 79, a resident of Junior and a former resident of Mill Creek, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Broaddus Hospital at Philippi.
He was born April 30, 1933, at Richwood, a son of the late James William Arbogast and Rhoda Bell Clifton Arbogast.
He is survived by one son, James Arbogast, and one daughter, Angela Arbogast, both of Germany. One sister, Jewell Bright of Virginia Beach, Va.; and five grandchildren, Jacqueline Enders, Kevin and Luca Arbogast and Alexander and Daniel Neubauer, all of Germany.
Preceding him in death were four brothers, James William Arbogast, Brenton Franklin Arbogast, Daniel Allen Arbogast and Howard Lee Arbogast; and four sisters, Hazel Marie Arbogast Friend, Helen Carrie Arbogast Stalnaker, Rhoda Isabell "Mable" Arbogast and Alice Elizabeth Arbogast Brown.
Mr. Arbogast was a 20-year veteran of the United States Army serving in Germany, Korea and Japan and was awarded the Bronze Star. Following retirement from the Army, he was employed as an insurance salesman in California before returning to West Virginia. He was a member of Mill Creek Memorial Mission Church and attended Landmark Baptist Church in Elkins.
Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Bernard Teter officiating. Interment will follow in the Mouse Cemetery near Cravensdale where full military honors will be accorded at the gravesite by members of the West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard Program, H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Eldridge E. "Edgel" "Big Red" Arbogast. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.