Arthur L. Eads
Arthur L. Eads, 92, peacefully passed to be with Jesus on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Village of Loveland, where he resided for the past two years. He was born August 22, 1920, in Plainville, Kansas, to Roy and Hazel Eads. In 1929 the family moved to Meade, Kansas, where Arthur graduated in 1938 from Meade High School. Following graduation Arthur traveled to Burlington, Iowa, where he learned the plumbing trade from his Uncle Cliff and became a Master Plumber.
He then joined the Navy Seabees on August 7, 1942, as a 3rd Class Shipfitter. His church gave him a small devotion book which he carried with him throughout his time in service. He served at Kodiak and Sitka, Alaska, then joined the 4th Marine Division where he was shipped to Iwo Jima, landing at 12 noon the first day of the invasion, February 19th, 1945. On the third day he saw the raising of the flag on Suribachi. For the first 28 days he was in fox holes with patterned mortars reigning in on the beach. During this time he claimed to have been protected by an angel. Arthur was discharged as a 1st Class Shipfitter on December 29th, 1945.
Arthur returned to Meade, Kansas, and opened a Plumbing, Heating, & Sheet Metal Shop with Orville Haver. Later he incorporated Eads Hardware & Plumbing with his father, Roy, and brother, Duane. He retired from the business in 1982.
Arthur married the love of his life, Rosalyn Way on December 29th, 1946, in Wichita, Kansas. They made their home in Meade, Kansas, for 48 years. After retirement they spent winters in Arizona, then moved to Loveland, Colorado in 1994. The final move was in 2011 to Good Samaritan Village.
Arthur was a faithful member of Galilee Baptist Church, where he served as an elder.
Arthur is survived by his wife, Rosalyn of 66 wonderful years. He leaves one brother, Duane (Marcia) Eads and three children, Marilyn (Gary) West residing in Berthoud, Colorado, Darwin (Wizie) Eads in Wichita, Kansas, and Kathy (Rick) Luciotti in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. There are five grandchildren, Chris (Shawna) West, Lani West, Janaea Eads, Natasha Luciotti, and Sonya (Taylor) Ranker, and five great grandchildren, Tristan Cannon, Austin Cannon, Ana West, John West, and Ian Ranker. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Roy & Hazel Eads, as well as his sister, Marjorie Ensminger.
A viewing will be held from 2:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, May 26th at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home. The memorial service is at Galilee Baptist Church in Loveland at 10:00AM on Monday, May 27th, and the burial is at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, May 29th at the Loveland Burial Park. Memorial gifts may be made to Galilee Baptist Church or Good Samaritan Village in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.