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Obituary
Edward Paradee

Edward
Paradee


November 25, 1950
to
July 6, 2019

Visitation 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Thursday, July 11, 2019 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home, Centralia
Funeral 12:00 P.M. Thursday, July 11, 2019 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home, Centralia

Edward K. “Eddie” Paradee, 68, of Centralia passed peacefully at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO, on Saturday July 6, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was born the son of Earnest “Fritz” and Tina (Tellez) Paradee on November 25, 1950 in San Antonio, TX. He married his best friend Ruth Wike on June 21, 1980 in Clinton County, on the land they would build their home.

Eddie was devoted to his family, survivors along with his wife of 39 years, Ruth Paradee of Centralia include his beloved mother, Tina Paradee of Centralia; dear children, Tina Kretzer and husband L.D. of Hoyleton, Sandy Smith and husband Jeff of Nashville, TN; cherished grandchildren, Lindsay Becker and partner Adam Hall of Hoyleton, Brittany Porter and husband Chase of Duquoin, Alyssa Kretzer and fiancé Dayton Dalman of Nashville, IL, Ashlea Smith and partner Nate Brink of Lebanon, Bailey Braun-Smith and partner Bobby Buttrey of Nashville, TN, Logan Braun-Smith and wife Maggie of Nashville, TN; precious great-grandchildren, Alexis, Jaiden, Ryker, Easton, Maverick, Tucker, Harper, and Evelynn; kind brother, Steve Paradee and partner Cheryl Finley of Centralia; caring sister, Theresa Eisenhour and husband Mike of Ashley, IL; faithful dog, Cooper; several nieces and nephews; and many lifelong friends.

Eddie was preceded in death by his father, Earnest “Fritz” Paradee.


Mr. Paradee served his country with honor in the United States Army. He retired from Scott Airforce Base after 20 plus years leaving behind a legacy of his organization skills. He was later promoted to share his wealth of knowledge with other bases. Eddie was an avid sports fan, pitching on the slow pitch softball team, CCC where he used his talents, on the mound, to lead them to many victories. He was a proud supporter and season ticket holder of the Centralia Orphans, so excited to cheer on “the winningest basketball team”. He loved to root on local motorcycle racers, and going to concerts. Eddie’s family will remember fondly the careful way he cared for both his lawn and his car. He became an ordained minister so that he could marry his grandson, Logan. He was an outdoorsman that loved to hunt deer down in Shawnee National Forest. Eddie enjoyed camping and fishing with his wife Ruth, and vacations in Florida with family. Eddie was an alderman on the city council of Wamac. He was also a man of faith and helped serve his Calumet Street Christian Church family by serving friendship meals. The memories shared between Eddie and his family and friends will be treasured and a comfort.

A celebration of life service will be held at 12:00 P.M. Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia with Pastor Anthony Sweeney officiating. Entombment at Hillcrest Memorial Park Lakeside Mausoleum will follow. Military honors will be accorded by Centralia VFW Post 2055 and American Legion Post 446. A visitation time will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the funeral home in Centralia. Memorials may be made in Eddie’s honor Centralia Humane Society or Calumet Street Christian Church. Online condolences and memories of Eddie may be shared with the family by visiting www.maczfuneralhomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.