Fredric J. Eden
Fredric J. Eden, 88, of Keosauqua, and formerly of Bonaparte and Farmington, died on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Veterans’ Hospital, in Iowa City.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Bonaparte United Church, with Rev. Michael Elrod officiating. Visitation will open at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, at Pedrick Funeral Home, in Keosauqua, with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Vale Cemetery, north of Bonaparte.
Memorials to Vale Cemetery, Bonaparte United Church, or Sargeant-Osweiler Post may be left at the funeral home or church, or mailed to the family at 18973 Willow Avenue, Bonaparte, Iowa 52620.
Eden was born on March 20, 1928, in Lone Tree, the son of Howard and Frata Morrison Eden. He graduated from Bonaparte High School in 1945. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving through 1946. He married Madeline Nelson on June 5, 1949, in Milton. She preceded him in death. He then married Gwendolyn Helmick, on Aug. 18, 1990, in Montrose. She also preceded him in death.
He farmed in the Bonaparte area, drove a stock truck, worked at the International Harvester factory in Moline, Ill., the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, and drove a Harmony School Bus.
He was a member of Bonaparte United Church.
He enjoyed following the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Eden is survived by a daughter, Cathy Eden; two sons, Richard (Cynthia) Eden; and John (Dayle) Eden, all of Bonaparte; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two step-daughters, Laurie (John) Simmons, of Keosauqua, and Wendy (Jeff) Buford, of Donnellson; a step-son, J.C. (Bobbi) Helmick, of Keokuk; seven step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mildred Wilson, of Keosauqua.
He was preceded in death by his wives; a son, James Eden; a granddaughter; two brothers, George and Ralph Eden; and four sisters, Helen Latta, Gertrude Swanson, Ruth Dilger and Vera Hemmings.