Daniel Guy Eddy

Daniel Guy Eddy, 80, died after a short battle with cancer on February 28, 2015, surrounded by his immediate family at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.  His family will be having a private memorial. 

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family and is preceded in death by his mother and father, Thomas L. and Luella A. Eddy of Bloomington, IL and his brothers and sisters, Dorothy (Chuck) Lake, Thomas (Ann) Eddy, Mildred (Albert) Arendt, Donald (Bernice) Eddy, and twin brother David (and surviving wife Marcie) Eddy.  He was the loving brother-in-law to Art (Marian) Conaway, Joy (Jim) Williams, Chuck (Lois) Conaway, Ted (Mary Ann) Conaway, Virginia (Smitty) Smith, and Shirley Graham.  He is also survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Patricia (Conaway) Eddy of Maryville, IL, daughter Laura (Chuck) Rutherford and their two children, Steven and Samantha, of Maryville, IL, son Bryan Eddy of Florissant, MO, daughter Julie Eddy of Maryville, IL, and dog Murphy.  He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Daniel G. Eddy was born on September 13, 1934.  He served 4 years in the US Navy from 1952 to 1956, serving on the USS Intrepid (CVA-11).  On July 4, 1958, he married the love of his life, Patricia.  He graduated from Eureka College in Eureka, IL, in 1961, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business.  While in college, he worked at Brandt Truck Line in Bloomington, IL.  In 1967, he transferred from Ralston Purina Company in Bloomington, IL, to Florissant, MO.  He spent his career at Ralston Purina Company and Purina Mills in St. Louis, MO for 35 years until his retirement as Director of Transportation in 1995. 

He was a dedicated family man who lived his life with a feisty spirit through humor, hard work, perseverance, and honesty.  He was an avid whistler, who enjoyed listening to music, playing the piano, traveling, reading, and having a nice glass of Merlot with a good steak and a cigar.  He was a friend of many and will be missed by all. 

A special thank you to all the wonderful people who cared for him at Siteman Cancer Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO, Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL, Hospice of Southern Illinois in Belleville, IL, and Barry Wilson Funeral Home in Maryville, IL. 

Please help us remember Dan’s legacy by living your life to the fullest everyday surrounded by those who you love and cherish and never forget that no matter how difficult life may become, "this too shall pass.”  He will forever be in our hearts, minds, and souls. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to Siteman Cancer Center, St. Louis, MO and Hospice of Southern Illinois, Belleville, IL.

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