Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home
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Harold “Red” Lee Euton passed away peacefully on December 6, 2018 at Kobacker House in Columbus after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma. Preceded in death by his wife Irene Beatrice Euton, two sons Michael Ray Euton and Eric Lee Euton and granddaughter Brandy Euton.
Red is survived by his wife Alice Jean Euton, his son Troy (Mai) Euton and his daughter Beatrice “Beau” Euton. He is also survived by his step children Chris (Debbie) Freeland and Andrea (Dave) Rafferty. In addition he is survived by many grandchildren including Michael (Bridget) Euton, Justin (Laura) Euton, Alisha (LJ) McKenzie, Tabitha (Jeremy) Kitchen, Bridget (LJ) Trisch, Casey (Wendy) Euton, William Vu, Andrew Vu and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and nieces and nephews who all loved him.
Red is survived by his beloved siblings Gail Brock, Robin (Ed) Walker, Bill (Becky) Euton and Mary (Alvin) King and brother in law Roger Hensley. He is preceded in death by sisters Pat Richards and Velda Jordan both of whom passed in 2018.
Born on September 30, 1935 in Otway, Ohio Red was raised by his parents Raymond and Myrtle Euton who also preceded him in death. As a kid he used to get in trouble often by his mother but would proclaim all of his mischief was in the name of science. His love of golf was born at the Elks Country Club in Scioto County where he served as a caddy as a teenager. Red also spent his high school summers traveling across Indiana and Illinois as a carnival worker. Red grew up poor, but loved, and was the first in his family to attend college. He attended Wilmington College and Ohio University. As kids we heard many times how Red first traveled to Wilmington College by mule from McDermott, Ohio because there was no other transportation available to get him there (you can’t make this stuff up). When at OU Red lived in a funeral home and would retrieve the deceased in return for a sleeping room. Hard work, sacrifice and compassion were not foreign to Red.
Red and Irene married young and moved annually to follow Red’s work as a foreman and superintendent for Holderman Company in heavy highway construction. Red made life-long friends as one of the pioneers who built the Eisenhower highway system in the early 1960’s. One of those friends remembers Red as, “one of the nicest people I ever met and the best boss I ever had.” Red and Irene’s boys were born across the state from west to east as he helped build I-70 across Ohio. Back home, Red and Irene kept a farm of horses, cattle, pigs (for two weeks; Irene gave an ultimatum), corn and hay. Later Red was the local Maytag man, as he and Irene opened Euton’s Appliance in Jackson for several years before Red’s eventual return to construction.
Red loved the Lord and served as a Youth Group Leader, Sunday School Teacher and Board Member at Calvary United Methodist Church. Red also served as a Boy Scout leader. Most recently Red joined the Gideons and was involved in their mission of spreading the gospel across the world.
In retirement, after the Lord called Irene home, the Lord blessed him with Jean. A loving wife and stepmother to his children, Jean has been cherished by Red and his family.
All who knew Red loved him. A generous and amazing Husband, Dad, Uncle, Brother and Grandfather who was full of joy no matter what he faced. Red loved sunflowers and roses and was a poet who shared many verses with his family.
Visitation will be Monday December 10, 2018 from 4-8 pm at Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Jackson. Funeral services will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church on Tuesday December 11, 2018 at 11:00 am with Pastor Jack Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers you can donate to the Gideons International via the local chapter c/o Norm Wiley; 400 Florence Avenue; Jackson, Ohio 45640 or https://www.gideons.org/donate and donate in Red’s name. Online condolences may be sent to www.lewisgillum.com.