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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Jackson County Patriot, Elton Andreasen Will be Missed

Patroit, Beverage Agent, Agricultural Devotee, County Commissioner and School Board Employee By Sid Riley

As we age we are forced to endure the passing of many of the treasured friends we have gathered as we travel life’s roadway. Elton Andreasen was a friend to many people in Jackson County, this writer included.

Elton will be remembered as an avid sportsman, a devoted American Patriot, an industrious worker, an outstanding husband and father to his family, a Christian, and a Good Samaritan to any who summoned him. These are but a few of the appropriate adjectives which come to mind when describing this man and what he stood for.

Elton’s Father, Vernon Andreasen owned and operated Andreasen Tractor Company when Elton was a young boy during the 1950’s. Elton began to develop a good work ethic as a young boy helping in the family business. He graduated from Marianna High in the class of 1956, and attended Chipola Junior College. He worked for the School Board as Purchasing Agent for many years, and retired from that position. He also served in the Army National Guard for eight years, including one year of active duty.

He worked a variety of other jobs during his life, including a period as a state beverage agent, and as a sales representative for Custom Farm Service and Gold Kist. Elton was elected to serve on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners from 1972 through 1976. He loved Jackson County, the U.S.A., his wife of 52 years, Sybil, his two sons Randal and Rodney, nine grandchildren and one and a half great grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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