All who knew him, knew him as a loving father, grandfather, uncle, and friend who was big in heart and spirit. He loved and gave of himself wholeheartedly to everyone he knew. He and wife Louise’s home was a gathering place for all who knew them. A place that felt comfortable just dropping in for a brief visit anytime for comfort, conversation, and the best company. Their family and friends would gather to meet the further ends of the family and rejoice in those gatherings with great food and drink.
Eddie was a Missoula fireman who worked through some of the biggest fires in Missoula history, risking his life for others. He was a gardener who produced the best carrots ready to share with others. He was an ardent hunter with a camp set up for the hunting season. Yet, he was a gentle soul. So gentle that while quietly observing nature, birds would fearlessly alight on his silent gun and squirrels would visit his table at lunchtime to eat peanuts from his hands.
Eddie’s daughter Cheryl and son Don spent the last two months at his bedside giving him love and affection along with daughter Jamie and nurse Margie always a giving soul.
He is survived by his son Don Churchwell of Calexico, Calif.; daughters, Cheryl Mahoney of Boise, Idaho, and Jamie Sowre of Missoula; ten grandchildren, Mike, Erika, Susan, Heather, Ryan, Angie, Cady, Montana, Nicole, and Aryel and his 12 great-grandchildren, Kyle, Alex, Justyne, Megan, Kenzie, Lauryn, Gavin, Corbin, King, Olivia, Jack and Sophia.
Condolences and memories may be left for the family at missoulafuneralhomes.com.