James Eden, Ph.D., 80, of Chillicothe, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2012, at his residence.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012, United Methodist Church in Chillicothe. A family visitation will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Friends were received from noon to 9 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2012, at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Inurnment will be held at Edgewood Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Chillicothe FFA and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe.
Born Sept. 1, 1993, in Purdy, he was the son of the late Waldo Emerson and Ruth Jeannette (Robbins) Eden. On Aug. 9, 1953, in Purdy, he married Martha Howard, who survives of the home. He was a 1949 graduate of Purdy High School. He served in active duty in the U.S. Army from 1955 until 1956 as a second lieutenant in the field artillery. He was in the ROTC program at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he received a Doctorate of Education in 1965. He was superintendent of Chillicothe R-II Schools from 1969 until 1989. Prior to coming to Chillicothe in 1969, he served in other school districts in Excelsior Springs, Liberty, Columbia and Weldon Springs. He started his career in education as an FFA advisor. He was a member of United Methodist Church in Chillicothe. He was also a member of the Chillicothe Rotary Club, Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Board, Grand River YMCA, MSTA, Retired Teachers Association and United Methodist Church Board of Chillicothe. He was a time keeper at the CHS Hornets games.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Julie Hisle and her husband, Steve, of Liberty and Dr. Melanie Elfrink and her husband Dr. Roy Elfrink, of Marshall; two brothers, Dr. David Eden and his wife, Rachel, of Austin, Texas, and Jonathan Eden and his wife, Tammy, of Bastrop, Texas; one sister, Mary Cowherd and her husband, Ernest, of Cassville; one brother-in-law, Joe Hamilton and his wife, Barb, of St. Louis; nine grandchildren, Sara Hisle, Jennifer Todd, Jill Prather, Jacob Elfrink, Eden Elfrink, James Elfrink, Mary Elfrink, Katherine Elfrink and Teresa Elfrink; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one sister, Martha Hamilton.
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