Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton, with Pastor Milton Cruz officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, with military honors by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the funeral home.
Ed was born Jan. 23, 1921, in Towanda, the son of Samuel Gaither and Mary Pearl Hargrove Peden. He spent his childhood in Towanda and graduated from Towanda High School and entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1939. He was active army in 1942 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1960, having achieved the rank of senior master sergeant.
He received many awards and decorations during his military service including the American Defense, American Campaign, European Theatre with three combat stars, crew member wings, Army commendations, Army Good Conduct Medal and Air Force Good Conduct Medal.
He married Margaret W. Potts on Jan. 16, 1950, in Yorkville. They moved from Rantoul to Paxton in 1953. She preceded him in death on Jan. 19, 1996.
Surviving are two sons, John (Kim) Peden of Vienna, Va., and Jim Peden of Ludlow; a daughter, Susan (Ron) Graham of Alabama; seven grandchildren, Jake (Laura) Peden, Mandy (Lucas) Young, Erin (Jarod) Oliver, Drew Graham, Kaitlyn, Megan and Jack Peden; four great-grandchildren, Tyler and Madi Peden, Brady and Lily Young.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, William Peden; two brothers; and three sisters.
Ed was a civil service training specialist at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, from 1960 to 1981. He was awarded several commendations.
Ed was a member of the Paxton Church of Christ. He was also a member of the Loda Sportsman's Club, Paxton American Legion Post 150, Towanda VFW and a 50-year member of the Paxton Masonic Lodge 416 A.F.&A.M.
He was an avid sportsman who enjoying fishing, hunting and trap shooting. He enjoyed morning coffee with his many friends and his daily visits to Market Street Barber Shop.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.