MANSFIELD — Eddie R. Lake, longtime Mansfield resident, went home to be with his Savior after a long battle with ALS on Aug. 22, 2011. He will be remembered for his passion and love for people and his sharp wit and sense of humor.
He was born Dec. 24, 1939, in Shinnston, W.Va., the son of Henry and Angie (Ogden) Lake, who preceded him in death. He and his wife, Edna, had recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a party given by their children.
Eddie was a graduate of Shinnston High School and Fairmont State College in West Virginia. He earned his M.S. in Education from Akron University. A devoted educator, he held positions teaching, coaching and administration. After his retirement from education, Eddie held positions of zoning inspector for Ontario City, marketing associate for K.E. McCartney, and in the human resources department for Kokosing Construction Co.
Eddie loved sports and coaching and was inducted into the Fredericktown and Ontario Coaches Hall of Fame. He was a 32 Degree Mason and received a 25-year award from Mansfield F&AM Lodge, a member of Eastern Star Ruth Lodge 17, Scottish Rite Associations, and Berean Baptist Church. Eddie was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a member of the Richland County Hunt Club. He trained his companion Brittany as a therapy dog. Eddie spent many years boating and fishing at Lake Erie.
He is survived by his wife, Edna Lake; daughter, Ranae Lake Altman, and her husband, Wayne; son, Ken Lake, and his wife, Michelle. His pride and joy were his grandchildren, Mae, Keith and Faith Altman, and Jenny and Kelly Lake. His surviving siblings are Annalee Matheny and Mary McIntire; and many nieces and nephews.
Eddie was preceded in death by his brothers, Larry, Dick and Bob Lake.
A memorial service will be held at Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield, on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. Callers may visit from 2 to 5 p.m. and a service will be held at 5 p.m.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, OH 43055; or ALS Association, 1170 Old Henderson Road, Suite 221, Columbus, OH 43220.
The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Homes is serving the Lake family and private online condolences to them are encouraged by visiting http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
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