PINCKNEYVILLE - Edward R. Trail, 56, stepped peacefully from this earth into the arms of his Heavenly Father at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
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Ed was born Aug. 24, 1953, in Murphysboro, a son to Hallard and Mary (Speith) Trail.
On Dec. 16, 2006, he married Lisa Spears; she survives. Although they were not destined to be together for long, they experienced a love beyond belief.
Ed began his career as a mechanic by following in his dad's footsteps. He was employed in the family business, Hal's Repair Shop and took over after the death of his dad. He was employed for 15 years as a production mechanic at BRP Inc., in Benton. He was a volunteer fireman and EMT for Pinckneyville City and Rural Fire Department for 25 years and a member of Coal-Belt Fire Association.
Ed was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. He loved to take trips, long or short, on his motorcycle, collecting fire trucks, boating, fishing and spending time with his family.
Ed will be missed tremendously by family and friends, and will be joyously waiting for their coming.
Ed is survived by his wife; mother; a son, Mike Trail; stepdaughter, Lindy Workman; two granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Coral Workman; three brothers, Larry "Hap" (Cindy) Trail and Dean (Kathy) Trail, all of Pinckneyville and Mark (Lisa) Trail of Cutler; one sister, Mary Priebe of Percy; one uncle, Gerald (Retta) Speith of Ava; father and mother-in-law, Jerry and Ruth Spears; two sisters-in-law, Karen (Jeff) Spencer and Jennifer Hagen, both of West Frankfort; and numerous dear nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father; one infant brother, Thomas; and a very special brother-in-law, Terry "Merle" Priebe.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, in Oak Grove Baptist Church in Pinckneyville, with Rob Mathis officiating. Interment will be in Mueller Hill Cemetery in Pinckneyville. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Pyatt Funeral Home in Pinckneyville, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the church.
Memorials may be made to VNA TIP Hospice or the Trail Family.
For more information or to sign an online guest register, visit www.pyattfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Oct. 29, 2009