Eldon was born and raised in Nebraska. His dad owned Alber's Auto Service on South Burlington from 1935-1953 and Eldon began working on cars there in 1944. He also worked at Bob & Al's Auto Salvage which is now known as Mid-City Auto. Eldon served in the Navy for 3 years 1956-1959. In 1972 he married Verna Beth. They have 3 daughters, Tricia, DeEtta, and Kathleen and now also have 4 grandchildren. When he is not working on cars he does enjoy woodwork.
Eldon has competed in drag racing. First with a 1956 Corvair and then a 1960 Comet. He last raced in 2014.