LAAKE, Eddie B.|
Eddie Ben Laake, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, World War II and Korean War Veteran, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on December 19, 2013. He was twelve days short of celebrating his 94th birthday.
Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, Alex Laake, Sr., and Louise Laake Brune, three brothers Alex, Jr., Victor, and Louie Laake, and one sister Alice Perkins. He was also preceded in death by three granddaughters Dawn Louise James, Glenda Jean Park, and Meagan Brittney Radetski.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 70.5 years, Dorothy N. Laake, six daughters and one son. Children are: Sherry Pitts of Kentucky, Betty and Chuck James of Florida, Elaine Good of Texas, Jeanie and Ray Geymer of Arizona, Debbie Laake of Texas, Ben and Kathy Laake of Virginia, and Sheila and Joel Fleming of Texas. He is survived by 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Eddie was born on December 31, 1919, in Taylor, Texas. Soon after his birth, the family moved to Eagle Lake where Eddie attended school and worked on the family farm. In July, 1938, Eddie entered the United States Army and proudly served his country until his retirement in December, 1959.
During his military service, Eddie achieved the rank of Master Sergeant and was in Battles at Normandy, North France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge, and Korea. He received several Bronze Star Medals while in combat, Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp-3 loops, Europe-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, Europe-African-Middle Eastern Medal with 5 stars, American Defense Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and Marksman Medal.
After retiring from the military, Eddie worked for the City of Austin. He was responsible for the installation, operation, and maintenance of steam turbines at Seaholm, Holly, and Decker Power Plants. He retired from the City of Austin in 1984.
Eddie's hobbies included gardening, landscaping his yard, and keeping current with politics and news. He will be deeply missed.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 30, 2013, at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, Texas. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to service.
A graveside service with full Army Honors will be held at 2:00 PM Monday at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.
Condolences may be sent to www.harrellfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2013