WOODSTOCK – Michael R. Eby, 64, of Woodstock, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in his home with his loving wife, Shelly, by his side after an admirable battle with cancer.
He was born July 21, 1949, to Robert and Kit (Thompson) Eby. He was born in Elgin and raised in Woodstock, and he was a graduate of Woodstock High School.
Michael served in the U.S. Army from August of 1969 until August of 1971, including an overseas tour during the Vietnam War
, earning a Bronze Star
and Purple Heart
, among other honors for his service. He also served in the Honor Guard.
Michael was a son, a brother, a father, a grandfather and a husband. He loved his family and his family loved him. When he had the time, he enjoyed fishing, good times and good friends. He was a Cubs fan and a NASCAR fan. He enjoyed fires in the backyard with his wife and his dogs, Brutus and Lucy, and also seeing his grandchildren.
Michael was a 33-year employee with Eagle Foods and the longtime manager of the Woodstock location. After he left Eagle, he spent 12 years working for Woodstock High School.
He is survived by his wife, Shelly (Bednarek) Eby; his mother, Kit Eby of Cape Girareau, Mo.; his sister, Sande Durham of Dexter, Mo.; his son, Matthew (Jackie) Eby of Crystal Lake; his daughter, Kelly Azarela of Woodstock; his stepson, Joshua Bednarek of Woodstock; a stepdaughter, Jackie (Dave) Syens of Wonder Lake; his grandchildren, Nathan Syens, Alyssa Syens, Nicholas Azarela, Alex Azarela and Jason Eby; and many sisters- and brothers-in-law; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert; brother-in-law, Junior Durham; and niece, Sharon Jean Hansmann.
The visitation will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11, until the service at noon at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock. Burial will be in McHenry County Memorial Park Cemetery in Woodstock, with Military Honors provided by the VFW
Post 5040 Honors Squad.
Michael's family thanks Heartland Hospice for their care, support and compassion. They also ask that you remember Michael by not taking anything for granted, spending time with your family and friends, and enjoying the time with them.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials be made to Gavers Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1724, Woodstock, IL 60098, or the
Foundation, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-338-1710.