Seward resident Robert James Eads, 92, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Seward. The Eads family will announce the time and date for a memorial service in the near future.
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Bob was born Oct. 19, 1921, in Valentine, Neb., where he graduated from high school. He served as a pilot in World War II, flying with the 101st Airborne and he was a lieutenant in his unit. They served in the European Theatre and flew many flights during the Normandy invasion.
He moved to Seward in 1946, where he joined up with his brother, Mac. They worked together during the next several decades on many boats and many different businesses. In 1961, they built the Lowell Point Road. There they built their first Marine Ways, which was wiped out by the '64 quake. Bob and Mac, along with their brother-in-law, Carl, rode out and survived the 60 foot tidal wave.
Bob was involved in many Seward projects. The Eads brothers were always willing to jump in and get the job done, from moving houses to moving the historic Alaska Railroad car, which housed the Seward Information Center for many years.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Theckla. He is survived by his daughter, Lois Hosack, of Fairbanks; brother, John "Mac" Eads, of Seward; nieces, Ava Eads, of Seward, and Paula Rogers, of Valentine, Neb.; and nephew, Bobby Eads, of Indianapolis.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapels.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Feb. 1, 2014