Stephen F. Eastridge
June 11, 1948 - May 6, 2020
Stephen F. Eastridge, age 71, passed away at the Wilmington VA Medical Center on May 6, 2020, after a lengthy illness. Steve was born in Elkton, Maryland, and grew up in Minquadale, New Castle County, Delaware. He attended DeLaWarr High School, after which he joined the US Marines, serving from 1967 to 1970.
During his enlistment Steve fought bravely in some of the major battles of the Vietnam War, such as Con Thien and Khe Sanh. He was highly decorated for his efforts. Steve’s awards included the National Defense Medal, the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Vietnamese Service Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnamese Campaign Medal, and the Meritorious Unit Citation.
After discharge from the Marines and an apprenticeship, Steve worked as a union boilermaker for Tank Service of Oklahoma for 10 years. Next, he was hired as a millwright for General Motors, where he spent 25 years before retiring in the mid-2000s.
In his prime, Steve was a consummate outdoorsman. He owned several boats over the years, which he lovingly restored. Steve spent many happy summer days fishing on the Delaware Bay with family and friends. He also enjoyed canoeing, kayaking, hunting, camping, target shooting, and scuba diving.
In the early 90s, Steve faced his biggest challenge when a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. But through the ensuing years, he lived life with a positive attitude and a smile for all. He will be truly missed.
Steve is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Cheryl; beloved daughter, Jessica; sisters, Sharon (Harry Wilkinson), Cathy (Tommy Johnson), Bonnie Eastridge, Patty (Paul Houck), and Dorothy Eastridge; granddaughter, Olivia Hagen, whom he adored; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Matthew, and his parents Walter and Dorothy Eastridge.
The services and interment will be held privately due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. A life celebration will be announced at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Steve’s name may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.