Rev. Eldon Lee McNaughton passed away Monday, October 2, 2017, in Tyler, Texas. He was born in Buffalo, Oklahoma, to Clyde & Mabel (Dickinson) McNaughton.
Rev. McNaughton grew up on a ranch near Buffalo, Oklahoma. He began ranching with his dad at the age of 14 and graduated high school with the class of 1943. He married Katherine Alley on December 31, 1944, in Laverne, Oklahoma. They continued to farm and ranch in the Buffalo, Oklahoma area until entering the vocational ministry in 1953. They served together, pastoring in Stapleton, Chappel, Walthill and Thedford, Nebraska; Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin; Winfield, Kansas; and Brookfield, Connecticut. He was in ministry with the Assemblies of God for over fifty years. Alongside formal pastoral ministry, ministry in the marketplace was also a significant part of his life through ownership of a livestock equipment business. In later years, he came out of retirement to plant a church in Kemmerer, Wyoming, with his wife, Kay (Kline) McNaughton. His life legacy is his passion for knowing God’s Word, his compassionate care for people, his ability to learn and remember their personal stories, his humor in everyday life, and his intense love for his family. He rarely missed a ballgame or performance by his children. He was a man’s man and built relationships through hunting, ballgames, and fishing.
Eldon was known by many for his honesty and integrity in dealing with customers, business associates, and friends. His life from start to finish can be summed up by one of his favorite Scriptures, II Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” He often said that the most important thing is that we all be present around the throne of God together for eternity and bring as many of our family and friends along with us as possible. His strong belief was that the only way for that to happen is to put Christ as the center of your life. “To live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Rev. McNaughton is survived by his wife Kay McNaughton of Tyler; sons and daughters-in-law; Ron & Donna McNaughton of Missouri, Jim & Angelica Mathias of Wisconsin, Dave & Keena McNaughton of Massachusetts, and Daniel & Amy McNaughton of Florida, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his sister, two brothers, and many other adopted loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his wife Katherine (Alley) McNaughton (married 1944-2003), Doris (Shelton) McNaughton (married 2004-2005), his daughter Maralyn (McNaughton) Mathias, his brother John McNaughton, and his parents.
The family will receive friends and relatives 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday at the Boze Mitchell McKibbin Funeral Home. The Celebration of Life will be 1:30 PM Friday, October 6, 2017, at 511 West Main in Waxahachie, Texas, with Reverend Gaylon Claunch, officiating. Interment will follow at Red Oak Cemetery, Red Oak, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Eldon McNaughton to Rural Compassion, 5514 West Farmers Branch Road, #140, Ozark, MO 65721 (Memo: AG # 700494). You can also contribute online at http://bit.ly/2khmcZQ and comment in honor of Eldon McNaughton.