Frank W. Eth Jr. loved his grandchildren, baseball

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 5:45 p.m. CDT; updated 9:13 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 12, 2014

COLUMBIA — Frank W. Eth Jr. of Hallsville loved his grandchildren, the St. Louis Cardinals and old cars.

Mr. Eth died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at his home. He was 65.

He was born Nov. 25, 1948, in Kansas City to Francis and Marilyn (Meyer) Eth. He lived in Columbia for part of his life and moved to Hallsville in 1989, his daughter Penny Eth said.

Mr. Eth worked with Triple S Hauling, a Columbia-based company no longer in operation, for more than 2o years, his daughter said. He later retired from APAC KS-MO, a road construction company.

Mr. Eth's grandchildren were an important part of his life, and he was dedicated to helping his family with anything, Penny Eth said.

"It didn’t matter where he was in his life; if you called on my dad, he was there," she said. "It didn’t matter what you needed; he was there."

He enjoyed watching baseball and decorated his living room with Cardinals memorabilia, Penny Eth said.

"If he was watching a Cardinals game and you texted him — and unless it was about the Cardinals game — he didn’t respond," she said.

Mr. Eth is survived by a son, Frank William Eth III; five daughters, Penny Eth, Sheryl Wilcox, Heidi Dupin, Kristyn Eth, and Natasha Davis; two sisters, Rosemary Taylor of Rocheport, and Sue Pierce of Hallsville; one brother, Joe Eth; 12 grandchildren, Kasey May, Jordan Laguna, Stone Laguna, Brittani Eth, Whitney Eth, Andrew Dupin, Dakota Dupin, Jacob Wilcox, Charlie Wilcox, Ethan Wilcox, Shai Hardin and MeKyla Smith; and one great-grandchild, Prestyn Eth.

His mother, Marilyn Rose Eth (Meyer), died earlier.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at H.T. May & Son Funeral Home, 2207 Holly Ave.

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