Larry T. Eades, 73, of Springfield, passed away at 1:15 am Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on July 3, 1939 in Ashland, IL to Thomas and Anna Dillinger Eades. He married Shirley Cheffy on November 30, 1963. He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, George Eades and his son-in-law, Michael Oldham.
Larry is survived by his devoted wife, Shirley; one daughter, Karen Oldham of Austin, TX; one son, Ron (Melanie) Eades of New Berlin; five grandchildren, Danielle Oldham, Amber (Brenton) Oldham, Britney Oldham, Megan (Brian) Rigoni-McCormic and Zachary Rigoni; one great grandchild, Michael Oldham; a sister, Sue Hoffman of Springfield, one niece and four nephews.
As an adolescent and young adult, Larry loved playing baseball and basketball in organized leagues. He later became an avid bowler and also enjoyed golfing and fishing. He loved watching all sports and was a devoted St. Louis Cardinals fan. He also loved watching the St. Louis Rams and the Fighting Illini.
Larry was a person who truly enjoyed his work. He began a career in Heating and Air Conditioning in 1960. He felt he owed much of his knowledge of the business to his deceased boss and friend, Jack Warner. Through the years, he was blessed to meet and befriend many hard working co-workers. He was proud to start his own company, Eades Heating and Air Conditioning in 1983. He was blessed with so many loyal customers that he felt were his extended family. Larry also found some great friends at the supply shops that he dealt with through the years. Larry was forced to retire in 2006 due to health problems. He so dearly missed his customers and friends, but was proud his son was able to continue on in his business with the help of their long time employees.
Larry found it hard to build friendships while running a business. In these last few years, he was blessed to find the friends he had made through life who went out of their way to provide comfort in his times of need. Visitation: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 10 am Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home with Pastor James Hennig officiating.
Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Petersburg.
Larry never served in the armed forces, he believed that most of the freedoms that we so enjoy are fully contributed to the sacrifices of these brave men and women. He supported the Disabled American Veterans throughout his adult life. He thought these unfortunate veterans deserved so much more than they received. Please find it in your heart to make a small donation to the DAV in his remembrance.