Edward R. Niederer
September 27, 1929 – July 20, 2019
Obituary for Edward R. Niederer of Springfield Edward R. Niederer of Springfield passed away July 20, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born September 27, 1929 in Havana, Illinois to Robert and Bernice Akridge Niederer. He married Margaret Post, his high school classmate in 1947 and she survives, along with their daughters Kristine (Don) Hahn and Julie (Ron) Ruskey. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Robert (Linae) Hahn, Mark (Chrisie) Hahn, Jason Ruskey, Jennifer (Chris) Snider, Gina (Brian) Groff, and Chad (Tina) Ruskey; 12 great grandchildren, Ashley, Braydon, David, Hannah, Hailie, Megan, Lydia, Adison, Keith, Ruthie, Layna and Jackson; sister-in-law Alice Post; brothers-in-law Kent Whitten and Allen (Monika) Post; nephews Bart (Vickie) Whitten, Michael Whitten and Kristian (Jennifer) Post; and nieces Susan Whitten and Cathy Wall. He was preceded in death by infant daughters Gretchen and Elise, and infant sons Robert A. and Robert E.; grandson David Hahn; brother James Niederer; sister Vicki Whitten; special sister Wilma Davenport, and his aunt who was like a second mother to him, Alta Ermeling. He was the eldest child in his family and at age 16 he became the head of the family after the accidental death of his father Robert, who was killed while on an ambulance call for a multiple car accident. He then played a major role in the family funeral home and after that, he operated his own funeral home in Havana for 13 years and served as a farm manager for many years. He was a graduate of Havana High School, and held a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Springfield. He served as vice president of the Illinois State Jaycees in his early years, served as the head of a county cancer drive and was a member of several civic organizations. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Springfield. He had extensive knowledge about the history of Mason County and the State of Illinois and valued his friendships in his coffee groups. Cremation Rites were accorded by Bisch and Son Funeral Home and Crematory. Honoring Ed’s wishes, no services will be held. Suggested donations to commemorate his life include the David Hahn Scholarship Fund, Havana Community Unit School District # 126 , 501 South McKinley, Havana, Illinois 62644; St. John’s Lutheran Church World Hunger Fund , St.. John’s Lutheran Church, 3477 West Washington Street, Springfield 62703; Central Illinois Food Bank, 1937 E. Cook Street, Springfield 62703; or donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bischfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. Springfield, IL 62711 217-544-5424.
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Edward R. Niederer
August 20, 2019
I was saddened today to learn of Ed’s passing.I came to Panera today looking forward to talking with him and discovered he had passed.We had many meaningful conversations on a variety of subjects! I will miss seeing his smiling face . He was a true gentleman!
July 29, 2019
Ed was a rare person, a man who lived life with an open heart, as few have the courage to do. He told me that he wished he could be close friends with everyone, but that there simply wasn’t enough time in life to do so.
He was full of kindness. Even when speaking of hard times, he always acknowledged the suffering of others. He told me that his aunt and uncle had given him love, even more love than his mother was able to do, but then immediately added, “My poor mother! So many troubles.”
His compassion was boundless. Telling a memory of riding in a wagon with that aunt and uncle who loved him so, he said that his uncle was teaching him to drive the mules that pulled it. He ended by saying, “Those poor mules, they had a hard life.” That was so him, ever sympathetic.
The world is vastly poorer without Ed in it. I will always miss his wisdom.
July 26, 2019
I met Margaret while working at the Illinois State Board of Education. I met Ed at Panera and wondered why I hadn't seen him recently. He was always so friendly and spoke to everyone. Many times he came ove to speak when I didn't see him. My sincere sympathy to Margaret and the family. He will be missed.
July 24, 2019
Margaret - You may not remember this voice from the very distant past (1989) when we started the Illinois Assistive Technology Program and you and Alice were both on the Advisory Committee which wrote and then led this grant program (which is operating to this day). In any case, I am so sorry about your loss and am glad you have the girls and grandchildren and siblings and other family around you for comfort. I just wanted to let you know that lots of people are sending prayers and well wishes your way.
July 23, 2019
Ed was a good friend and a joy to be with. Everyone in our coffee group always looked forward to talking with him. He had great stories and told them well. Always a laugh when Ed was around. I am privileged to have known Ed and I will always remember him. My condolences to Ed's family.
Thomas and Karen Hafel
July 23, 2019
Dear Ed Niederer Family,
Ed was a genuinely nice guy! We got to know him through the years at our coffee group during the week as well as on Sundays. He would always ask about our girls and grandkids and was very proud of his own and the great grandkids in California, especially sharing their pictures/videos with us since ours were around the same age. A very proud Grandfather. Oh how we will miss Ed!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Tom and Karen Hafel
July 22, 2019
I met Ed at our local Panera. I loved talking to him about education and his family (he was so proud of all of you, and always updated me with your latest news). He had wonderful stories, and he was an interesting raconteur.
I am at Panera now, and I cannot believe I won’t see him sitting with his friends or stopping by my table to keep me updated and ask what was new.
Ed was a joy to have known; I will miss him as I know you will. I offer my prayers to all of you in your time of sorrow.