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Ed Pyles

October 17, 1949 — December 30, 2015

Ed Pyles, better known, as Easy Ed to those he knew, 66, of Henry, Illinois, left this world on December 30, 2015- ending a solid 30+ year love affair with silent western movies. Not silent movies, just the westerns on with the TV muted. He knew all of the words anyway. A lover of western films, Ed embodied the spirit of the wild west himself. He lived a life full of adventures ranging from his service in Vietnam to starting a family that would carry on his legacy. However, beneath that rough exterior was a man of unwavering loyalty and compassion for those who were fortunate enough to be close to him.
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Ernest Edward Pyles was born in Sparland, Il on October 17, 1949 to Ernest and Lottie Pyles. He was one of 12 children, losing 2 siblings at birth. He grew up with 5 sisters and 4 brothers, and was very proud of his exceptionally close relationship with many of them.
Ed was drafted into the army in 1969 at the young age of 19. He served his country in Vietnam, driving an armored cavalry assault vehicle for the 11th Division, proudly adorning the Black Horse patch, and leaving his new bride of three months behind. He served at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri when he returned stateside. Always the family man, Ed occasionally required a personal escort from MP back to post.
He was united in marriage to Mary Alice Greathouse on May 30, 1969 in Sparland, IL. They were very much in love, going on to parent 5 children- Toni, Carrie, Stacy, Cassandra, and Roger.
Ed worked as a mechanic and then went on to do the job that gave him the most joy, working cattle with Doc. Gaylon Hill of Kirksville, MO where a life long friendship was made.
The list of broken hearts left to mourn are his children Toni Pyles Ryals (John), Carrie Pyles Munson (Rick), Stacy Pyles, Cassandra Pyles Pinson(Robert), and Roger Pyles (Kelly). His grandchildren, Melissa Murphy (Cole), Jessica Aeschliman (Andrew), Samantha Murphy (Andrew), Kaylee Brogan (Bryan), Andrea Middleton (Troy), Austin Middleton, Dalton Verway, Colin Pyles, Erica Pyles, Cody Pinson, Alice Pinson, and Grayson Pyles. Great grandchildren include Alice Cole, Devyn Murphy, and Maci Ford. His sisters Tine Parrish, Norma Kolesar, JoEllen Real. His brothers, Dennis Pyles and Rodney Pyles. He is also survived by nieces and nephews that adored their "Uncle Ed" and a very special friend Valeria Hawksworth.
Those that went before him include his parents, two sisters, Vesta and Nancy, one brother, Gene, and most recently his dearly loved namesake nephew, "Little Ed".
Join his children this weekend to laugh, cry, tell lies, play poker, or anything else Ed would love. Visitation will be held Saturday, January 2nd from 4-7pm. Funeral service will be Sunday, January 3rd at 2pm. Memorials may be made to Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in loving memory of Ed.


JAN 2. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)

Weber-Hurd Funeral Home
1107 North Fourth Street
Chillicothe, IL 61523

Celebration of Life Service

JAN 3. 2:00 PM (CST)

Weber-Hurd Funeral Home
1107 North Fourth Street
Chillicothe, IL 61523

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