Edward Lee Edmondson, age 94 of Olney, Illinois, passed away at 8:41 pm Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Olney at Carle-Richland Memorial Hospital. He was born October 15, 1924 in Lawrenceville, Illinois to Claude E. and Daisy O. (Nesler) Edmondson.
On August 1, 1948, Ed married Leona Mae Blacketer. She preceded him in death on December 16, 1990. On April 11, 1992 he married Helen L. Chaswood. She preceded him in death on February 13, 1998.
As a young man, Ed proudly served his country in the Army during World War II. He was wounded in Belgium in January 1945 and awarded a Purple Heart.
He was a lifelong farmer in Lawrence County and served the community as a member of local bank boards. He lived his faith in Jesus in his daily life. In later years, he enjoyed reading his Bible, mowing his lawn, cracking Texas pecans and sharing them with others. He will be greatly missed, but leaves a lifetime legacy for his family to treasure.
Surviving family includes two daughters; Myra Kopplin of Garland, Texas and Peggy Madron (Joseph) of Houston, Texas, one brother, Paul Ivan Edmondson of Mt. Carmel, Illinois; five grandchildren, Jon Kopplin, Justin Kopplin, Julie (Chase) Russell, Bria (Shawn) Cirkiel and Michelle (Ommar Ortuvia) Madron; and six great-grandchildren, Noah Cirkiel, Dylan Cirkiel, Luca Ortuvia, Eleni Ortuvia, Everly Russell, Caius Russell, and another Russell due in late December. Three step-children, Barbara (Don) Stephenson of Olney, Illinois, Harold Quick of Onalaska, Texas and Linda (Tim) Blakely of Vancouver, Washington, and several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren also survive.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, and a sister Mary E. Jackman.
A graveside service will be held for Edward Lee Edmondson at 4 pm, Monday, July 8, at Oaklawn Cemetery in St. Francisville, Illinois. There will be a procession by Ed’s farm leaving the funeral home in Bridgeport at 3:15 pm, for anyone wishing to join. Cunningham Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) or the American Diabetes Association (diabetes.org).
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.cunninghamfuneralhomes.com.