Fred Leo Eid began his journey to meet his savior October 31, 2021, 11:25 p.m. at his home, surrounded by love. Born September 9, 1929, to Bertha Denning Eid & Leo Eid in Nauvoo, IL.
Graduated valedictorian of his class at St. Joseph High School, instead of going on to college he went to work several jobs to help support his siblings. He married the love of his life, Retta Brown, on July 24, 1950, in Edgefield, SC. He shipped out the next day to serve in the Army during the Korean Conflict. She preceded him in death November 3, 1998, after 48 years of marriage.
He worked for City View & Peterson Dairy, Coal Company, Orscheln Truck Line, and other truck lines before retiring from CCC Truck Line. He was a lifetime member and one of the founding members of the Izaak Walton Club, serving in many capacities, including president, board member & manager. He was a past member of the AMVETS, and member of the Teamsters Union #218.
He enjoyed hunting and was out every season until he lost his sight to Macular Degeneration. The deer in the driveway the evening you started your journey to heaven was our “sign” and the big deer in the funeral parking lot as you made your way there letting us know that your best hunting season was yet to come. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals & Iowa Hawkeyes fan; he enjoyed going to the games and watching and listening to them on TV. He passionately believed women should stay home and raise their children, so they never had to come home from school, a date, or work to an empty house. Sometimes he had to work three jobs so this could happen. His eight children were raised by a great woman and were raised to mind your own manners and be respectful, he would not tolerate disrespect, especially towards their mother! He was a family-oriented person. Everyone was family, not step, not half, non-related, but family. He would do whatever it took to help anyone in need and did so many times. This trait he passed on to his family. Do not ever buy or give him a gift that was not made in America.
Fred is survived by his eight children: Karen (Gary) Turnbull, David (Jeannie) Eid, Debra Eid, Kenneth (Rosie) Eid, Kathy (Jerry) Geissler, Donna (Ron) Lippy, Linda (Jeff) Woelfel and Vickie Smith; 21-grandchildren: Mike (Theresa) Lowary, Kimberly Eid, Michele Lozano, Dan (Margaret) Hermes, Robert Ferris, Jill Hermes, Shaun (Amber) Turnbull, Alicia (Ty) Ebel, Shana (Ron) Sanders, Mike (Amanda) Stice, Matt Stice, Danielle Smith, Mike (Mandi) Eid, Tyler Smith, Jonathan (Kym) Lippy, Jason Woelfel, Meagan (Nathan) Surgenor, Ryan Geissler, Crystal Sturm & Nicholas Geissler; 37-great grandchildren; 5-great great grandchildren; friend, Julia Saunders; brothers: John Eid, Frank (Pat) Eid & Walt (Marsha) Eid; sisters: Leora (Chuck) Holland, Norene Eid, Sherri (Milton) Salladay; sister in law: Sheryl Eid; several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by: his parents, his wife, 1-grandson: Raymond Eid, 2-son in laws: Jeff Woelfel & Roy Smith, 1-daughter in law: Ruthie Eid, 2-brothers: Ervin (Elsie) Eid & William Eid and 1-sister: Barb (Gary) Kempker.
Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 with the family to receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory with Michael Stice officiating. Burial will be held at Soldiers’ Circle in Oakland Cemetery. A memorial has been established for Lee County Hospice or the St. Louis Shriner’s Hospital. Online condolences may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.