Edward “Eddie” Anthony Hillman III, 26, of Armstrong, passed away suddenly at 9:29 a.m. Sunday, November 25, 2018, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Eddie was born on July 23, 1992, in Danville, the son of Edward and Becky (Creighton) Hillman Jr. He is survived by his parents; two sisters- Nicole (Tim) Beckham of Foley, Alabama and Heather (Tyson) Roan of Chicago; two nieces- Lily and Madison Roan; paternal grandparents- Edward and Jane Hillman Sr. of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents- Wilbur and Betty Creighton.
Eddie graduated from Armstrong Township High School in 2010. He was an original founder of the Gamer’s Club, Captain of the Scholastic Bowl team, Senior Class President, member of the Homecoming Court and class Valedictorian at Armstrong Township High School. He then graduated from Eastern Illinois University, in 2014. Eddie graduated with honors and departmental honors. While at EIU, he was President of the RHA. After graduating from EIU, Eddie began teaching physics and chemistry at Armstrong High School. He also had a great love for archery and served as the archery coach at Schlarman Academy. In the fall of 2016, Eddie moved to Nebraska, where he served as a grad research assistant at the University of Nebraska, while pursuing his PhD in Plant Pathology. Eddie was a member of the Mycological Society of America. He loved archery, kayaking, long boarding, playing his guitar, playing video games and Dungeons and Dragons. Eddie was always known for his great sense of humor and how he would do anything for anybody. He would always find a way to help people solve their problems. Eddie touched so many lives and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him and loved him.
A Celebration of Eddie’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 9, 2018, at the Middlefork United Methodist Church, in Potomac, with Pastor George Desmond officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the Armstrong Township High School. He will be laid to rest following the services in Partlow Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Edward Hillman III Memorial Scholarship Fund. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Eddie’s life. Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.