David Ellis Eden, M.D.
David Ellis Eden, M.D., age 79, passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020 at his home in Driftwood, Texas surrounded by family.
He was born October 15, 1940 in Purdy, Missouri to parents Waldo and Ruth (Robbins) Eden. On January 6, 1971, in Rockdale, Maryland, he was united in marriage to Rahel JoAnn Burke, who survives. Also surviving are son, Michael David Eden and wife Leslie Coleman of Driftwood, Texas; daughter Jennifer Eden Aldrete and husband Jorge Aldrete of Driftwood, Texas; his former wife Juanita Fox, husband D'Arcy Fox, and son Sam Fox of St. Louis, Missouri; three daughters, Amber Denise Eden Matassa and husband Michael Matassa of Long Island, New York, Carmen Alison Eden of St. Louis, Missouri, and Amanda Eden Fajuri and husband Sami Fajuri of Chicago, Illinois; brother Jonathan Wayne Eden and wife Tammy Eden of Bastrop, Texas; sister Mary Jeanette Cowherd of Purdy, Missouri; bother-in-law Joe Hamilton of Marshall, Missouri, and nine grandchildren, D'Arcy George, Gabrielle George, Smith Fajuri, Tyler Yordy, David Eden, Samantha Eden, Isabella Aldrete, JD Aldrete, and Maximo Aldrete.
Preceding him in death were his parents Waldo and Ruth Eden, brother Dr. James Eden, sister Martha Hamilton; brother-in-law Ernest Cowherd, and grandson Jacob Fajuri.
David grew up in Purdy, Missouri and graduated 2nd in his class in 1958. In 1962 he received his BA from University of Missouri in Columbia and continued there to receive his medical degree in 1967, graduating AOA (honors). He served his internship at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. After his internship he joined the United States Army and worked in the Third Surgical Hospital in Can Tho, Vietnam, where he met his wife Rahel.
From 1970 until 1973, David completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He then moved to Austin, Texas and helped start Capital Anesthesiology Association (CAA) with long-time friend Dr. Denis Bowyer, and members of his Walter Reed Residency class. For 19 years, he was Chief of Anesthesia at Seton Medical Center, and for several years was president of Capital Anesthesia Association. He was named by Seton OB as "Father of the Epidural" and was named President Emeritus for Life by Capital of Anesthesiology Association. David was an avid outdoorsman. He especially enjoyed hunting and fishing, and growing his Celebrity tomatoes. He was also an avid Mizzou Tigers fan. He was most proud of his 9 beloved grandchildren. David will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Butterfield, Missouri, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. John Cowherd will conduct the services.
Contributions may be made to www.weerescue.org in memory of David.
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