Tom Eifert, 67, of Rushville, passed away at 5:57 PM, Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
He was born on October 11, 1952, in Springfield, Illinois, the son of H. Nelson and Evelyn (Kiser) Eifert. He married Dianna Etter on December 15, 1973, at the First United Methodist Church in Rushville, and she survives.
Also surviving are three children Corrie Eifert and wife Danielle of Camp Point, Amy Kerr and husband Andy of Kirkwood, Missouri, and Derek Eifert and wife Laura of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, four grandchildren Kale Eifert, Maecyn Eifert, Dilynn Eifert and Paxton Kerr, with another due in July, one brother Timothy Alan Eifert and wife Dana of Industry, two sisters Nancy Marrs and husband Wayne of Paris, Illinois, and Carol Huett and husband Steve of Rushville, father-in-law and mother-in-law William “Bill” and Betty Etter of Rushville, sisters-in-law Rita Eifert of Godfrey, Debbie Phillips and husband Danny and Cindy McClelland and husband Max all of Rushville, and several nieces nephews cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Dannie William Eifert.
Tom was a 1970 graduate of Rushville High School and 1972 graduate of Spoon River College. He began his career with FS as a spray applicator and truck driver. In 1985, he was promoted to Fuel Salesman, for which he won many awards. He was devoted to his customers and would always go the extra mile to provide excellent service. He retired in January 2016, from Prairieland FS.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Rushville. He enjoyed carpentry work and woodworking, his horses and for many years went on trail rides. He loved his dogs and barn cats and Hallmark movies. He was very proud of his John Deere equipment and spent many hours taking care of his farm from mowing, to building barns and fence. He was a big supporter of the Rushville FFA and for many years, allowed them to use his field to grow sweetcorn to sell. He seldom spent time at home without his IPad or a remote in his hand. His greatest accomplishment was his family. He loved to play gotcha last with his kids and put his grandkids in bear trap holds.
Services will be at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with David Haney officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday, February 17, 2020, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society or the Rushville-Industry FFA.
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