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Frederick 'Fred' Thomas Eason passes away at age 75

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Frederick “Fred” Thomas Eason, age 75, of Liberty Township, IN, passed away at home on June 14, 2020. Fred was born on June 18, 1944, in Porter, IN, to Eugene and Anna Eason.

Fred is survived by his wife of 58 years, Linda Eason; his daughter, Becky Rothman; his sisters, Doris Bickle, Shirley Harris, Marleen Westergren, Pat (George) Peldys, and Ruth Nadol; grandchildren Shane and Amanda; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Timothy, his brothers Bud, Leonard and Richard and his sister Norma Chartier.

Fred retired from Midwest Steel after 36 years of service and was able to enjoy “six Saturday’s and a Sunday” a week for 20 years. During his time off, Fred loved to treat his family to wonderful trips around the country. Friends and family remember Fred as very knowledgeable and generous. As soon as he could see over the hood, he was repairing cars and even after he lost his eyesight, he continued to help people with any electrical or mechanical problem that arose. He always provided a helping hand, even to fix a strangers’ car. Alongside his siblings, Fred was an avid fisherman, and provided his family with an abundance of lake perch, even in the middle of winter. He loved children and they thought of him as a big teddy bear. Fred loved Nascar and a cold beer in his hand. He maintained close friendships with many people from his childhood, sharing many fond memories throughout his life. He had the gift of telling tales, true or tall. Especially with an audience. Fred could make anyone laugh and we will all miss his. He was an exceptional man and will be missed by 99.9% of the people who have met Fred.

Due to the pandemic, at a later date the family will host the party of all parties to celebrate Fred’s life.

Arrangements were made with Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

In Honor of My Grandfather

By Amanda Eason

With big belly laughs, and a contagious smile

From NASCAR, to fishing and a little old style

From Mechanics and engines to cars and more

Fibbin’ and bs’ing, you could never be sure

Tuna surprise, taters & skinny chops

Fred’s Red, slapping ears and tackle shops

A provider, a legend, a man well known

Never a day where your love wasn’t shown

A father a husband and grandfather too

There is no one that could ever replace you

Driving your dream car with dad in the sky

My best friend, a hero one hell of a guy

Hunkydunk, snooks, tiny, Becky Boo

Could never in this life stop loving you.


Posted 6/18/2020




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