Claude D. Eagler lost his heroic battle with ALS on Saturday evening, Feb. 25, 2017. He fought with grace, dignity and determination.
Claude was born on July 11, 1952, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to Rev. George and Vera (Lott) Eagler.
His father’s ministry took him to many locations in Mississippi and Indiana during his childhood, which afforded him the opportunity to learn to make friends very easily and touch many lives along the way.
He graduated from Edinburgh High School in 1970, where he met his future wife, Terri (Johnson) Eagler.
They were married on Jan. 16, 1971, and enjoyed 46 years together.
Claude worked several places, until 1979 when he found his home at Vectren Energy (formerly Indiana Gas) and enjoyed 37 years with the company.
In his spare time, he enjoyed motorcycle rides, vacationing on the beach, camping, boating, and attending every sporting event possible that his children and grandchildren participated in.
He coached football, basketball, baseball and softball during his children’s elementary years in New Whiteland.
Left behind to cherish many memories are his wife; a son, Andrew (Amber) Eagler, and daughter, Erica (Tom) Cullison, both of Indianapolis; mother-in-law, Evelyn Johnson of Edinburgh; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Teddi and Stacey Sofoul of Loxahattee, Florida; a niece, Angela Powlen Barriger of Indianapolis; several wonderful cousins; and six dearly loved grandchildren, Courtney and Hannah Eagler, Jordan and Nick Cullison, Kylie Price and Landon Blythe.
Even though Claude was an only child, he had several “brothers” he loved. Kenny Cox, Pat Powlen, Mike Tasich, Jack Hogan, Ben Stafford, Leroy Fiesbeck, and Terry Camden were all a big part of Claude’s life.
The family is deeply grateful to the ALS Association of Indiana, IU University Health’s ALS Clinic, Season’s Hospice and Dr. Sachin Dave for the wonderful care they gave Claude.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin, with calling hours from 10 a.m. to time of service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the ALS Association of Indiana.
Online condolences may be received at www.flinnmaguire.net.