James Ernest Eddy, 79, of Kirksville, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, at Northeast Regional Medical Center.
Funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Kirksville. Father Pat Shortt and Father Bill Kottenstette officiated. Burial was in Mary Immaculate Catholic Cemetery in Kirksville. Memorials are suggested to the Black Diamond Museum in Bevier, Jim the Wonder Dog Memorial Garden in Marshall, American Cancer Society or Mary Immaculate Catholic Cemetery in care of Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, 2100 E. Shepherd Ave., Kirksville, MO 63501.
Born April 11, 1925, in Marshall, he was the son of the late Rufus Levi and Margaret Adams Eddy. On March 31, 1951, in Bevier, he married Elsie Loretta Zuccarini, who survives of the home. He was raised in Marshall and graduated from the Mercy Academy in Marshall. He worked for J. Burgman Auto Parts for 16 years, then he ran Ernest Eddy Service Station Supplies until his retirement in 1987. He then worked part-time as a salesman for Kaeser and Blair Company. He was a member of Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus for over 60 years, Holy Name Society for 10 years, where he had served as president, the NEMO Senior Citizen Service for 11 years, and was a past board member and president of the Mary Immaculate Catholic Cemetery. He also did volunteer work for RSVP. He was a competitive fiddler and was a part of several bands.
Additional survivors include three daughters, Cynthia Eddy Roope of Payson, Ill., Maria Stewart of Kirksville, and Diana Hocker of Novinger; one sister, Margie Elsea of Marshall; eight grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; 13 stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, John R. Eddy, Robert L. Eddy, Charles R. Eddy and Clyde H. Eddy.