Service: 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, 5201 S. Southwood Road, Springfield.
Edward Anthony “Ed” Vodicka II, 58, of Nixa died unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.
Ed was born Nov. 15, 1956, in Springfield, the son of Edward A. Vodicka Sr., and Shirley Ann Griffith Vodicka. Raised in Bolivar until just shy of his 5th birthday, the family moved to Springfield.
Ed graduated from Kickapoo High School in 1975 and went on to attend Southwest Missouri State University (now MSU). In 1977, he accepted a call to active duty with the United States Navy.
He returned to Springfield after completing his service commitment, where, soon after, he met his life companion, Christa Childress. His love for Christa ran deep, proclaiming she is “my North Star ... the love of my life.” They celebrated their love for each other with the birth of their son, Alexander Edward “Alex” Vodicka, on March 30, 1987. Ed’s career focused on auto financing. In January 2014, he was very proud to join Mountain View Chevrolet in Chattanooga, Tenn., as special finance director.
Our sorrow from losing Ed too soon is buffered by the memories we hold in our hearts. Ed loved sports, especially his all-time favorite teams: Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. The Chiefs and Royals have indeed lost a huge fan ... his love of the game ever-present when they played.
His love of sports was balanced by an equal love of music and respect for our nation’s political potential. He never held back when a song spoke to him. He was true to the ’70’s. His “song du jour” would be acknowledged by an expressive introduction that assured you his pick was “an amazing album,” “a killer cover” or “really cool.” Of late, he and Christa shared their love of live music — attending the Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, and Chicago concerts — when, after each and every show, Ed claimed they “had a blast.”
As for his politics, everyone knew where Ed stood; while respectful, he did not hold back his truths. He remained proud of his service in the U.S. Navy. His respect for our veterans who have served, our wounded warriors who have returned, and those still active in the field was always evident.
We, his family and friends, will forever miss his encouraging words, tributes to our birthdays or personal celebrations, and words of solace when our hearts ached.
Ed is survived by his life companion of 34 years, Christa Childress of Nixa; a son, Alex Vodicka of Springfield; a stepson, Derek Campbell of Kansas City; father Edward Vodicka Sr. of Bolivar; two brothers, Greg Vodicka with wife Teri and Martin Vodicka, all of Bolivar; one sister, Pamella Vodicka with husband David Harter of Columbia, Md.; two nieces, Hannah and Madison Vodicka; and one great-niece, Colby Jean Marie.
Ed was preceded in his passing by his mother, Shirley Vodicka; and youngest brother, Kerry Joseph Vodicka.
Services are at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, 5201 S. Southwood Road, Springfield. For more information, visit Missouri Veterans Commission - Springfield Veterans Cemetery.
Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made in Ed's name to the Wounded Warrior Project or Veteran Homestead.