passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018, in Riverside, California at the age of 71 years old.
Earl was born January 10, 1947, in Bristow, Oklahoma. He was the son of Lowell K and Gladys (Tillman) Weldon. Earl grew up on the East Coast of the US due to his father being in the oil industry. He later graduated from Brandywine High School in Niles, Michigan with the Class of 1965. Following high school Earl moved to Indiana where he worked for several years before joining the United States Army. On February 24, 1966, Earl entered into the service of his country. During the time PFC Earl Weldon was in the military he received the following decorations and citations: Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with device 1960 as well as being Expert Marksman with the Rifle. Following honorable discharge from the military Earl returned to Oklahoma. He remained in the Tulsa area and worked for Oklahoma Natural Gas. In the late 1970’s, Earl moved to California. He initially moved to Calimesa and worked as a truck driver. He was later united in marriage to Julie Anne Cox on April 4, 1981. The couple established their home in Bloomington before returning to Calimesa where he has continued to reside. During his time of employment, Earl worked for Merritt Oil, was also a truck driver instructor and owned and operated his own truck for many years before retiring.
Earl loved to travel, finding those hidden gem restaurants, going to theme parks as well as attending car shows. His favorite musician was The Oak Ridge Boys however Elvis was his preference. Earl and Julie in 2017, took a trip to Maine to go and see Elvis’s mansion. They also took several side trips to see other things along the way as well as on their way back home. He enjoyed attending free concerts, watching sports and being at home when he could. Earl is described as a very kind and caring man almost to a fault. He also enjoyed telling jokes to others. Earl was extremely patriotic and recently returned for a Army reunion in Branson. He served many hours as a volunteer at the Loma Linda VA Center helping others.
Survivors are his wife Julie of the home, one son Earl Weldon Jr. and his wife Leanne of Edmond, Oklahoma; three daughters Kenya Pece of Moore, Oklahoma, Jolyn Weldon of Calimesa, California, PFC. Julianne Weldon of Calimesa, California; four grandchildren Micha, Joshua, Taylor Dawn, Christopher James and a host of other relatives and friends that will mourn his passing. Earl was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be held 10:00 AM Monday March 12, 2018, at the Chapman-Black Funeral Home with Rev. David Head officiating. Burial will be held later in the Woodland Cemetery in Cleveland, Oklahoma. Friends may share a memory with the family online at www.chapman-black.com. Chapman-Black Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.
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