Lloyd Ivan Eagleburger, 86, passed from his earthly home to his heavenly home in the early hours of Thursday, February 11, 2021 with his wife of 65 years, Rebecca, at his bedside. Family and close friends were blessed with the opportunity to say their goodbyes the previous day. Lloyd passed of natural causes, at peace and with dignity. He had fought a long battle and stated he was tired.
Born July 21, 1934 to Orval Charles (OC) and Lema Jane (Vinyard) Eagleburger in Webster County, Missouri, Lloyd was the sixth of 13 children. The family established their farm west of Fair Grove when Lloyd was just a young boy and there Lloyd spent his childhood exploring, choring and loving his days. Lloyd deeply cherished his relationships with his siblings. He commendably cared for his beloved mother until her passing.
Lloyd graduated from Fair Grove High School in May 1952. After graduation Lloyd went to work at Patton’s Tastemark Creamery/Foremost Dairy and then Hiland Dairy until his retirement in October 1993.
Lloyd met his love, Rebecca Anne Icenhower, on a blind date. After a short courtship, Lloyd and Rebecca were married on March 27, 1955. In 1957, Lloyd and Rebecca were blessed with their son, Gregory. When Greg married Tonette in 1981, Lloyd and Rebecca gained a daughter. Greg and Tonette gave Lloyd seven grandchildren who would bring great stories to share with friends.
Lloyd served as a Deacon of National Heights Baptist Church and filled several positions. Lloyd was a member of the Southwest Missouri Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association. He always looked forward to the Fair Grove Fall Festival where he’d present his orange tractors in the parade. Lloyd and Rebecca were Drury University Lady Panther and Panther boosters and delighted in cheering on the basketball teams.
He is preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother Glen Kenneth Eagleburger, siblings Zella Ramey and her husband Avis, Charles Eagleburger, Katherine Kelly and her husband Clifford, Bill Eagleburger and his wife Donna, Sue Mallard and her husband Ruby, Max Eagleburger and Dennis Eagleburger and sister-in-law Glenda Eagleburger, nephews Steven Eagleburger and Jim Kelly, niece Kim Farrell, and infant great-granddaughter Addalyn Lane.
Lloyd is survived by his wife Rebecca Anne, son Gregory Lloyd and his wife Tonette, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Shawn Eagleburger (Chase Sechrist) and son Erik, Brett Eagleburger (Amy) and children Lincoln and Lynli, Alyson Schmidt (Corey), Emily Brinkmeyer (Chadwick) and daughters Caroline and Eleanor, Audrey Bolden (James) and daughter Ada James, Abby Martin (Jonathon) and Dr. Erica Lawrence (JR). He is also survived by siblings Dean Eagleburger and his wife Donelle, Don Eagleburger, Shirley Farrell and her husband Bill, Larry Eagleburger, sisters-in-law Gloria Eagleburger, Joetta Eagleburger and brother-in-law Richard Icenhower and his wife Regina, and a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and their spouses, both Eagleburgers and Icenhowers, including those who brought him incredible joy by their interest in learning to be careful and respectful farmers.
Funeral arrangements were overseen by Greenlawn Funeral Home East, 3540 E Seminole St. Visitation was Friday, February 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. and a funeral service Saturday, February 20 at 11 a.m. both at the funeral home. Burial immediately followed at Mount Olive Cemetery in Dallas County.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to National Heights Baptist Church, 3050 N National Ave, Springfield, MO 65803, or the Southwest Missouri Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association (EDGE&TA), Branch 16, 299 Good Hope Rd, Marshfield, MO 65706.