Edwin Pond, 91, died Friday, July 10, 2009 at the Hancock County Nursing Home, Carthage.
He was born June 25, 1918 in Chicago to Edwin and Kathleen Pond.
He is survived by one daughter, Carolyn (Ron) Thompson; one son-in-law, Rodney Rothert; one granddaughter, Stephanie (Barry) Luff; four grandsons, Ben (Michelle) Thompson, Glen (Moira) Rothert, Jonny (Sere) Rothert, and Chris (Jessica) Rothert; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Crow; a daughter, Susan Rothert; his parents, his grandparents, Fanny Lois and Will Pond; and a sister, Jeannette Pond.
He was two years old and his sister, Jeannette, was six months old when their mother died. After that time, they lived with their father and his parents. He viewed his grandmother as a mother figure. His dearest childhood memories were of his “Ma,” Fannie Lois Pond, who was the primary caregiver to both he and Jeannette.
One of his great losses occurred when his "Ma" passed away when he was age 17. Her death left a great void in his life.
Because Eddie lived during the Depression Era, it was necessary that he begin work at an early age. He had two paper routes beginning at age 12, both of which helped provide income for the family. He delivered the paper to two elderly sisters who faithfully witnessed to him and led him to a saving relationship with Jesus.
At 23, he married the love of his life, Edith Crow, whom he met through his best friend and brother-in-law, Jack Apej. He and his wife were married for 63 years. They loved to go camping. They traveled many different places during their retirement and met many wonderful people along the way.
He began full time employment with RRDonnelly and Sons Printing Co. in his early twenties. He spent his entire career employed with the company in Chicago and retired after 46 years. He was a faithful employee who exhibited the highest level of integrity. Along with camping, He had many hobbies including his favorites, woodworking and landscaping.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at Sutter Salem Bible Church, Sutter, with Pastor Tom Mehaffy officiating.
Memorials may be made to Hancock County Nursing Home, 403 South Adams, Carthage, IL 62321 and Blessing Hospice, 71 South Adams Carthage, IL 62321.