The Obit For Sam Eatock

Samuel E. Eatock

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from June 18 to June 20, 2011

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Samuel E. Eatock, 87, of Pittsfield, died Monday (June 13, 2011) in Blessing Hospital, Quincy.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1923, in Elmira, Mo., to Edmund and Bernice "Toots" See Eatock. Sam married Marjorie Curl on Dec. 20, 1952, in Centerville, Iowa. She survives.

Sam was an engineer and salesman in the agricultural field. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Coast Guard, then received his bachelor's degree in animal husbandry from the University of Missouri. Sam played professional baseball as a starting pitcher for the St. Louis Browns then for the Baltimore Orioles. He raised thousands of chickens and became a self-employed feed manufacturer in Centerville. Sam later worked for Cargill, M.D. King and Webel Feeds in Pittsfield, and Henderson Manufacturing headquartered in Iowa.

He was a member of the Episcopal Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles Lodge, the Antique Airplane Association where he founded the local Great River Squadron Chapter, and the Experimental Airplane Association (EAA). He also helped establish the Junior Baseball League in Centerville, worked with Pike County Extension Agronomy and sold real estate.

Sam logged more than 6,000 hours flying and owned several antique airplanes.

Sam is survived by his wife, Marge; two sons, Jim (Terri) Eatock of Pittsfield and Eric Heightman of Cahokia; two daughters, Ann "Boo" Fox of Martinsburg and Connie Dake of Lake St. Louis, Mo. Sam was a mentor and guide to Eric and Connie among many others, and although not technically his, considered them all a part of his family.

He is also survived by one brother, Bill Eatock of Boone, Iowa, and his closest friend, Otis Madden of Louisiana, Mo.; along with four grandchildren, Jesse Fox of Martinsburg, Edmund Eatock of Pittsfield, Sean Hall of Pittsfield and Jason Hall of Campbell County, Wyo.

SERVICES: Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service will be held in July.

MEMORIALS: The Alzheimer's Association .

ARRANGEMENTS: The Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield; info@nieburfh.com.