John Cree Eliason, of Chestertown, MD, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016. He was 96.
A native of Chestertown, MD, he was the son of Thomas W. and Marguerite Cree Eliason.
Active with scouting, he became a Tenderfoot Scout on December 1st, 1933 and rose to Life Scout on October 25th, 1940. He was assistant scoutmaster in 1937 and from 1941-1942 he was Scoutmaster.
He spent 6 years in the US Army serving in both WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in the Philippines, New Guinea, and South Korea. He worked at Bendix Radio in Baltimore as an Inspector.
Mr. Eliason returned to Chestertown as the Parts Manager at Eliason Motors from 1946 to 1957. He owned Eliason Motors, a Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury dealership, from 1958 to 1976 on Cross Street, in downtown Chestertown.
He was married to Margot Foose Eliason and Jane Fallowfield Eliason, both predeceased him. John was an active member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chestertown, where he served as Senior Warden and was also an active, lifetime member of the Chestertown Lions Club. John was also a member of Chestertown Fire Company, where he was a firefighter, Chief, and Board Member. In 2012, he was honored by the Scouts and leaders of Troop 130 for being a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America for 75 years.
He is survived by a son, Robert G. Eliason (Bobby) and wife Ha Nguyen Eliason, two brothers, Walker Eliason of Chestertown, and David Eliason of Santa Monica, CA, and two grandchildren, Eben Eliason and wife Jessica Greenfield of Los Angeles, CA, and Addie Pepoli and husband John of Massachusetts, and one great grandson, Aiden Pepoli.
He was predeceased by a son, John C. Eliason, Jr. (Skeet), two brothers, Tom Eliason and Alan Eliason, and a sister, Mary Margaret Forney.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Interment will be in Chester Cemetery.