The son of Walter Richie and Blanche Troup Eaton was born on September 27, 1898, in Hastings, Michigan. He attended public schools in Muskogee, Oklahoma and preparatory school at Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, Missouri, where he graduated early in order to attend First Officer's Training Camp of World War I. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army (1917-19).
In 1919 he joined Middle States Oil Corp. in New York City as secretary- bookkeeper; the position he held until 1924 when he resigned to establish his own accounting practice. In 1926 he terminated his practice in New York City and became an accountant with Consolidated Oil Co. in Wichita Falls, Texas. While pursuing his professional career in New York City he attended New York University (1919-26) but he did not complete the requirements for a degree.
He was certified as a CPA in 1929 (Texas). During the years 1928-31 he was a staff accountant with L. E. Cahill & Co. in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in 1932 he became office manager of Barrow, Wade, Guthrie & Co. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He resigned in 1936 to begin his own consulting practice in San Antonio, Texas, and in 1943 he founded the accounting firm, Eaton & Huddle; he served as partner until his death (1958).
He was active in professional organizations, serving as president (1956-57) and vice president (1951-52) of the AICPA. He served at various periods as a member of its Council, Executive Committee and Trial Board; he also served on many of its committees, including the Committees on Accounting Procedure, Professional Ethics, Relations with the Bar, and Publications. He was president of the Texas Society of CPAs (1953-54) after having been president of the San Antonio Chapter (1942-43). He was also vice president of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs (1932-33) and president of the Oklahoma City Chapter. He served on numerous committees in both the Texas and Oklahoma Societies. He was awarded posthumously the AICPA's Gold Medal Award (1958).
He wrote numerous articles for professional journals. He was a member of the AICPA committee and a contributing editor of the CPA Handbook published by the AICPA in 1953. In addition to professional membership in the above accounting organizations, he held membership in the AAA. He was an honorary member of Beta Alpha Psi. He was active in government, civic, and community services.
He married Charlotte Goeppe on August 15, 1922; they had one child. He died February 23, 1958 at the age of 59.