Wayne Leroy "Duke" Erdle, 78, of Brazil died 11:40 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2005 at his residence in Brazil.
Born in Terre Haute on September 1, 1927 to George and Mildred Erdle, he came from a very large family with 7 brothers and two sisters. They lived in Speltzersville, Terre Haute, Brazil and Muncie, Indiana.
He was preceeded in death by his parents; six brothers: John, Albert, Les, George Jr., Orville, and James; and two sisters: Ethel Jean in infancy and Mary Ross.
He was in the U.S. Navy for three years. He then began a lifelong career as an over the road semi-driver for Mayflower Moving and Storage and enjoyed it because he saw almost all of our beautiful country. He married Margaret Ann Foxworthy in 1948, divorced and remarried her in May of 1972. She preceeded him in death in 1998. Before his retirement, he worked for Bob Mattox, driving a truck, hauling mostly ice to Illinois and Indiana areas daily. In all, he was a great jokester and a wonderful father, grandpa, and friend to many people.
Surviving are his children: Alyce Yvonne Erdle, Brazil; Bonnie (& Monte) Hayes, Brazil; and James (& Brenda) Brickey of Sioux Falls, So. Dakota. He has four grandchildren: Ron Jenkins Jr. & wife Angie, Jennifer Jenkins Eder and husband Brian, Monica Hayes Davis and husband James all of Brazil area, and Anna Marie Brickey Whitten of Norfolk, Virginia. Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren: Haven & Levi Eder, Cody & Micheal Eder, Monica & Cassie Micheal (Jenkins); Makalia Whitten and Kaeli Faith Davis. He is also survived by his brother, Joseph Erdle & wife Golden of Terre Haute; extended family members and a special loved friend, Betty Bryan, her children and children's children.
His last few years he'd battled mouth cancer and many surgeries only to have it finally take his life out of him.
For these last 23 years, he had lived with and loved Ms. Betty Bryan. Her family, children, grandchildren and extended relatives on her side, became a great part of the family and all of her children said, "He was like our dad-the only one we knew too." He saw many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews arrive during his long love with Betty. Her family and his family became close in many ways. Even when the children of each were younger, they all grew up, played and went to schools together.
Visitation will be held at Moore Funeral Home Sunday, May 22, from 4-8 pm.
Funeral services are 1:00 p.m., Monday, May 23 with Rev. "Buddy" Lloyd Jenkins, Jr. officiant. Burial will be at Bee Ridge Cemetery.
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