Joan ‘Joanie’ LaVerne (Dale) Eads

Dec. 9, 1933-Jan. 14, 2023


Joan “Joanie” LaVerne (Dale) Eads, 89, of Crawfordsville passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville.

She was born Dec. 9, 1933, in Opdyke, Illinois, to the late Harry Dale and Irene (Miller) Williams.

Joanie graduated Waynetown High School and married the love of her life, Lloyd “Buck” Eads on July 20, 1952. She worked from JC Penny’s for 28 years and had her real estate license. She loved traveling and going to Las Vegas, playing cards with her sisters and friends, and spending time with her sisters and family. She faithfully attended church, loved her Lord, and was saved at a young age at the Waynetown Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Lloyd “Buck” Eads; two children, Terry (Ron) Johnson and Brad (Laurie) Eads; eight grandchildren, Grant (Katie) Eads, Cassandra (Adam) Bond, Jacob (Jessica) Shaffer, Aaron Shaffer, Eli Shaffer, Sharon Lou (Jamie) Bradley, Jennie (Mark) Simison and Derek Brady; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister Carolyn Wright; and sister-in-law Claressa Perry.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son Mark Lavon Eads; two sisters, Patricia Stephens and Barbara Allen; and grandson David Brady.

Visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville, on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. with her nephew, Pastor Loren Stephens officiating. The service will be live-streamed and recorded which can be viewed on her obituary page at Burial will follow at Waynetown Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church or Prairie Creek Baptist Church. Share memories and condolences online at