SHELBYVILLE — Roy Eugene Eigsti, 81, of Shelbyville passed away at 8:03 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.
Born March 8, 1933, in Shelby County, Ill., the son of Joseph and Carrie Lena Hostetler Eigsti, he married Thelma Rose “Rosie” Agney on Jan. 27, 1960. She survives.
He attended South Liberty School near Shelbyville. He worked for the Dowler Implement Company, Smithson Implement Company, and later owned and operated a tractor repair shop from his home. He and Rosie ran the Interstate Café in Shelbyville for many years.
He served as the Shelbyville Township Road Commissioner for 12 years and worked in the maintenance department of Shelbyville Community Unit School District #4 until his retirement. He was a member of the Mt. Hermon Amish Mennonite Church, near Shelbyville, Shelby County Farm Bureau and the East Central Illinois Highway Commissioners Association.
Also surviving are his wife, Rosie; four children, Rhonda Kay Doemelt of Windsor, Ill., Ryan Kent Eigsti of Shelbyville, Rose Yvonne (Mark) Miller of Neponset and Renee Lynn (Chris) Rentfro of Shelbyville; two sisters, Ruth Mae (Lafe) Stewart and Esther June Eigsti, both of Decatur; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Eigsti of Manson, Iowa; 10 grandchildren, Kris (Jessie) Reed, Liberty Doemelt, Zach Doemelt, Kanen (Shiloh) Reed, Hailey (Elliott) Uphoff, Lindsey Eigsti, Josie Dial, Kayla Rentfro, Lena Miller and Mary Ellen Miller; four great-grandchildren, Devin Edwards, Delaney Prosser, Tess Reed and Hemi Reed; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Revis Dean Eigsti; a brother, Leo Joseph Eigsti; three sisters, Edna Ethel Eigsti, Mary Ellen Eigsti and Fern Elizabeth (Joe) Toll; and a special cousin, Emma Hostetler.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, at the Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with Lonnie Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hermon Cemetery, near Shelbyville.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Shriner’s Hospitals for Crippled Children.