Fred Maynard Eigsti, beloved husband of Rhoda Mae (Kropf) Eigsti, was born Sept. 19, 1932 to Chris and Lizzie (Hostetler) Eigsti at Shelbyville, IL.
He passed away on June 20, 2020 at Cox Hospital in Springfield, MO, at the age of 87 years, 9 months and one day.
He accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized in his youth, and was a faithful member of the Pleasant View A.M. Church at Buffalo, MO.
On Feb. 23, 1958 he was united in marriage to Rhoda Mae Kropf, daughter of Levi and Frieda (Hostetler) Kropf, sharing the joys and sorrows of life together for over 62 years.
To this union were born 11 children; Mark (Violet), Buffalo; Maynard (Beulah), Halfway; Mollie (Tim) Kempf, Buffalo; Mary (Darrel) Hostetler, Tunas; Rosanna (Jamie) Headings, Buffalo; Emily (Bob) Hostetler, Windyville; Ron (Fern), Buffalo; Jim (Violet), Buffalo; Ruby (Jake) Hostetler, Buffalo; Will (Sheila), Louisburg; and Andrew (Sherri), Buffalo. Also surviving are 88 grandchildren, 143 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Six siblings; Lester (Gloria), Goshen, IN; Ruby Kempf, Sedalia; Barbara Ann Kropf, Halfway; Joe (Dorothy), Halfway; Jim (Ellen), Goshen, IN; and Susie (Larry) Hostetler, Pocahontas, AR. Also sisters-in-law Lomie Eigsti and (Orla) Sharon Hostetler.
Preceding him in death are his parents Chris and Lizzie Eigsti, 3 grandsons; Jasper, Shandon and Kellyn Eigsti; 9 great-grandchildren, 7 siblings; Carl (Darlene); John; Jerrold (Bessie); Lettie; Mary Catherine; Carrie (Frank) Pierce; and Carol Hostetler. Three brothers-in-law; Wayne Kropf, Orla Hostetler; and Orval Kempf.
Grandpa is missed and fondly remembered by his family. Above all for his fervent desire that all would do what is right.
In 2010, Grandpa and Grandma moved to their home on Jake and Ruby’s farm, creating many special memories with them there.
Grandpa was looking forward to having another grandchild, who arrived 2 days after his passing!
The family was blessed and comforted that Sherri (who was a patient at the same hospital) was allowed to go see Grandpa, and then also be there with him when he passed away, having the rest of the family on a conference line at the time.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks for the prayers and sympathy in the loss of our loved one, and the support given through this difficult situation. Our desire is that we would all be drawn closer to our heavenly Father.
Funeral services are pending.