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UPDATE: Family requests tornado and animal contributions in honor of plane crash victim

UPDATE PUBLISHED AT 9:00 a.m. 15, 2021

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The family of one of the two victims of the deadly Friday afternoon plane crash in Lincoln County have asked for contributions in his memory to be made to the victims of the tornado Where

Lowell ‘Nick’ Strong / Betts & West Funeral Home

animal welfare groups.

According to the obituary of Lowell Nicholas ‘Nick’ Strong, 63, the family asked for donations to be made to the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), a local Humane Society or Western KY Tornado Relief Fund through Southland Christian Church, where he was an active and long-standing member.

The Betts and West Funeral Home obituary notes: “A celebration of life will take place in the spring of 2022 because, quite frankly, Nick did not participate in winter time,” a point that underscored what the obituary noted was his “unique sense of humor.”

Strong graduated from Tates Creek High School in 1976 and Eastern Kentucky University in 1980. Among his many business interests, he was President of Old Colony Insurance Service, Inc, President of Jessamine South Elkhorn Water District, Partner of N & R Enterprise & Bluegrass Industrial and a Special Deputy Sheriff for Jessamine County. He has been an active member of the board of directors of the Jessamine County Joint Economic Development Authority, the Central Bank and Trust, and the Kentucky Lloyd’s Association of Agents.

In addition to Southland Christian Church, he was a member of the Keeneland Association, the Thoroughbred Club of America, the National Professional Association of Insurance Agents, Thoroughbred Farm Managers, independent insurance agents, the Chamber of Commerce and the Home Builders Association.

According to his obituary, he is survived by his wife Kimberly Strong (Froelich), his children, Sarah (Brandon Wells), Maggie (Alex Blanton), Lesley (Jared Hager), Lauren (Clayton Fitch) and Travis (Jen Cowley) and her grandson, Pierce; her sister, Karla Martello, her niece and nephew, Jeff and Katie Martello and her in-laws Max and Brenda Froelich. He is predeceased by his parents, Doris and Carl Strong.


NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Services are set for Sunday, December 19 for one of two men killed Friday night in a plane crash in Lincoln County.

According to Betts and West Funeral Home in Nicholasville, the funeral for Ronald Lee Eldridge, 61, will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Jessamine County Fire Department, 1310 South Main St. in Nicholasville.


Ron Eldridge / Betts & West Funeral Home

Visits are from 1 p.m. until service time.

61-year-old from Waynesburg, Ky., He was married to Tina Hollingsworth Eldridge. He was the son of the late Ruth Lee Riddle Eldridge. He has lived in Nicholasville since the early 1980s, according to his obituary.

He was the owner and operator of Ron Eldridge Excavating and Ron Eldridge Properties LLC, Honorary Deputy Sheriff and Partner of NR Enterprise. He was very active in the community, serving on numerous committees and councils throughout Jessamine County.

He is survived by a son, Cameron Eldridge, a daughter, Alaina Eldridge, and four grandchildren, Alyssa Eldridge, Conner Eldridge Bain, Kendall Eldridge and Madelyn Eldridge. He is also survived by his brothers Jerry Eldridge, Benny Eldridge, Bobby Eldridge, Lonnie Eldridge, Larry Eldridge and five sisters, Janie Fortner, Janis Forbes, Judy Smith, Joyce Eldridge and Jean Eldridge, many nieces and nephews.

Commemorative contributions are suggested for disaster relief for Mayfield at

Flowers can be sent to the fire department on Sunday.


CRAB ORCHARD, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police Richmond Post responded to a plane crash in the Crab Orchard community of Lincoln County on Friday evening, December 10, 2021

Kentucky State Police were contacted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office shortly after 5 p.m. with reference to a fatal plane crash. Soldiers and detectives from KSP Station 7 responded and located a single-engine fixed-wing plane crash in a dense wooded area off Begley Road. Two occupants sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene by the Lincoln County coroner.

KSP Post 7 secured the crash site and notified the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate the incident.

The two occupants have been identified as Ronald Eldridge, 61, and Lowell Strong, 63, both of Nicholasville. The bodies will be transported to the state medical examiner in Frankfurt for autopsies.

According to the FAA, the Beech V35 single-engine fixed-wing aircraft was registered to Ron Eldridge Properties LLC in Nicholasville.

The ongoing investigation is being led by KSP Post Detective Storm Stevens. He was assisted on site by staff from the KSP, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Lincoln County Coroner’s Office and the Lincoln County Fire Department.


CRAB ORCHARD, Ky. (WTVQ) – A small private plane with two people on board crashed in a wooded area in Lincoln County on Friday afternoon, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The names of the occupants were not immediately available.

According to the FAA, the Beech V35 single-engine fixed-wing aircraft is registered in the name of Ron Eldridge Properties LLC in Nicholasville.

According to the flight tracking website, flightaware, the plane took off at 11:03 a.m. on Friday from Okeechobee County, Fla. The site says the plane was tracked over Baxley, Ga., At 2:26 p.m., and was last seen outside of Danville, Ky., At 4:51 p.m.

A Boyle County dispatcher said the plane was apparently attempting to land at the Danville-Boyle County Airport at the time of the crash, not far from Crab Orchard in Lincoln County.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the cause of the crash.