L. Eldon Gideon

L. Eldon Gideon

donor plaque


L. Eldon Gideon and his sister Beulah Gideon Joy grew up in rural Shawnee County, Kan., where  they attended a one room elementary school house.  Their parents, Lloyd and Nettie Blanche Gideon, believed strongly in education and were very influential in Eldon and Beulah's decisions to attend college. Eldon is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in animal science and a minor in agronomy, but he was very proud of the accomplishments of his sister, Beulah, who graduated from Washburn, achieving three degrees in business and education. It was through Beulah that Eldon became associated with Washburn University, where he has become a generous donor, recently creating the Beulah Gideon Joy Foundation for Business Scholarship, preferential to students of Seaman High School, and donating the family's 1891 Kimball pump organ to Mabee Library, where it is on display.

Eldon and Beulah are both graduates of Seaman High School. Eldon served as president of the alumni association, serving as the president from 2004 to 2007. During that time, he prepared and filed the necessary paperwork to the IRS to achieve a 501 (C) 3 tax status for charitable contributions, enabling the Seaman Alumni Association to create a scholarship fund for Seaman High School students 

Eldon has enjoyed a long career in the livestock and crop industry. The Gideon family raised registered Hereford cattle. They were active in providing tour stops, field days for state and local breed association, and judging contests for the FFA and 4-H members. They raised cattle for their own production sales and consigned cattle to state and breed association sales. They showed many winners at beef shows in Eastern Kansas. While attending Kansas State University, Eldon was active in Block and Bridle Club, participated with the junior and senior livestock judging teams , and showed college cattle for three years in the fitting and showing contest of the Little American Royal, sponsored by the Block and Bridle Club at Kansas State.