Celebrating the life of Edwin LeRoy Meyers Sr., otherwise known as “Dad,” “Daddy,” “Grandpa,” and “Big Eddie” as he passed away on September 19th, 2020.
Edwin was born on September 11th, 1929, in his childhood home in Peoria, IL., making his life 91 years full of smiling, flaunting off his happy-go-lucky attitude, and shining his ornery personality brightly for the entire world to see. He was a neighborhood fixture (of 60 years), known by most as Mr. Ed., who sat in his front yard and spoke to everyone.
Edwin is survived by his brother, Bill Meyers, his sister, Ethel Leach, his son Edwin Jr., his daughter Sandi McGrane, his grandchildren Toby (Angelia) Rudloff and Mickey McGrane, his great grandchildren, Gage, Joseph, Gavin, and Madison Rudloff, along with numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and great, great, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by both of his parents, Lincoln & Grace Meyers, his brother and sisters-in-law, Melvin, Myra and Mary Jane Meyers, Anna May and Jimmy Biegler, Otis Leach Sr., and his grandson Cory McGrane.
Edwin’s life fell nothing short from a memorable one, as he was a Korean War Veteran, a lifetime member of the VFW #3883 (Bartonville), a member of the American Legion #979 (Bartonville), and a member of the Peoria Eagles Club #265 for 31 years, over 20 of those years as a Trustee, while having played on their Dart Team, and a retired Switchman for Rock Island Railroad.
Visitation will be held at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home located at 1107 W. Garfield in Bartonville at 9:30-10:30 AM on Saturday, September 26, 2020. The burial will follow with graveside services, at Lutheran Cemetery on 914 S. Pleasant St. at 11:00 AM. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Directly after will be his celebration of life, held at the Eagles Club located at 1704 S. East Ln in Peoria.
Edwin loved to dance, laugh, socialize and have fun. He loved his family and friends, as they loved him in return. He simply will be missed tremendously by every person he knew. In Lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital, St. Jude or the Heart Association.