Kenneth Martin Eder, age 65 of Carthage died Saturday, December 15, 2018 unexpectedly in an accident while working at the Norfolk-Southern Railroad site in Spencer, NC.


Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Thursday in the International Harvesters Building at Ederville. The family will receive friends at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and other times at the home.


A native of Erie County NY he was a son of the late Martin Joseph and Mary Ann Schmitz Eder. Ken owned and operated Mideast Railroad Service. He was a collector of trains and tractors, and every year in November he and his wife Patti would host the 100+ Years of Progress show. This annual event grew very quickly over the years and thousands of people would come from all over the country to see Ken’s unique collections. He would have demonstrations of old steam engines, tractor pulls and an annual antique auction.  Men, women, families and children of all ages would be fascinated by all that Ken did.


He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Patti Taylor Eder; sons Kenny Eder, Kevin Eder, Paul Eder all of NY; step daughters Amanda May of Carthage, Rhonda May of Carthage and Kristy Taylor of Lillington; brothers Robert Eder and wife Barb of NY, Mike Eder and wife Sherri of Carthage, Joe Eder and wife Karla of NY; eight grandchildren.


In memory of Ken memorials may be made to: Ronald McDonald House at


Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage is serving the Eder family.




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  1. God rest and may God Bless our brother and family Frank Auten-  (Denton-  Farm Park –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  A great gifted man –  will be missed .

  2. I met Ken thru Randy Tucker, then later our IH club was formed and we were club members. If you ever met him, he was a friend. Gone too soon and will be sorely missed. Our prayers for Patti and family. Mike Collins,-  sawmill at denton farmpark, IH collec

  3. We have lost a great man, but his memory will live with us forever! May God be with his family and give them peace!

  4. Our deepest condolences and sympathy to the family at such a difficult time. Ken was a wonderful friend. We are all very thankful to have known him
    From Engineers & Engines and Vintage Tractor Digest.
    Brenda and Trish and Family.

  5. Ken was a very good friend my husband and father-in-law. He will really be missed. God Bless his family From the Lee and Tim Short family

  6. A BASKET GARDEN was sent on December 17, 2018

    You will be missed Mr Eder. Always a joy talking with you on jobs and us helping each other out when we all got in a bind.

    Jason Law
    Hulcher Services Family

  7. Worked with Ken on derailments over last 20 years. Great man. He will be missed in our industry and by all his loving family. God bless and give comfort to all.

  8. Ken and Patti have been a special part of our family for years. Thankful for all the great memories and times we have spent together. Know we are here for you, Carson, Angel, Buck and Coleby (C & A Auctions)

  9. An ILLUMINATION ALL WHITE CENTERPIECE was sent on December 17, 2018

    You will be missed, my friend.
    May God comfort Patty and family at this very sad time.
    Leon & Kathie Thompson

  10. A BALANCE EASEL SPRAY was sent on December 17, 2018

    Our deepest sympathies to Kevin and Kelly and the entire Eder family.

  11. A SOPHISTICATION WILLOW BASKET SPRAY was sent on December 17, 2018

    With Our Deepest Sympathy. Ken will be sorely missed.You are in our prayers!

    The Tuckers & Hit n’ Miss Building Gang

  12. A HOPE AND HONOR CROSS STANDING EASEL was sent on December 17, 2018

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with the Eder and Mid East families during this difficult time.

    From Brian & Barry Isringhausen a

  13. You will be missed, my friend. I knew you for many years and worked along side with you on many derailments and you were a great friend. May God be with your wife and family during this difficult time. Rest In Peace my friend and my thoughts and prayers a

  14. You will be missed my friend. I worked with you for many years on derailments and you were a great friend. May God be with your wife and family during this difficult time. Rest In Peace my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  15. I met Ken a few times and he was always nice to talk to.We always had something to say about the old crawlers and tractors.I was looking forward to seeing him at the show next year and getting to know him better.He will be greatly missed.I am thinking of

  16. The Corbitt Preservation Association would like to share our condolences and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Ken Eder..

  17. Sincere condolences and sympathy to Patti- and all the family at this sad time, such a great shock to hear this news in England on Sunday morning.
    Ken’s inspiration and achievements at ‘Ederville’ will live on- in the hearts of many old iron collecto

  18. A BALANCE EASEL SPRAY was sent on December 18, 2018

    Members and Board of Directors of the NC Railway Museum express our deepest condolences.

  19. A WARM SMILE was sent on December 18, 2018

    Ken had hard working hands and heart of Gold with a smile that was second to none. He will be deeply missed. Prayers for His family and closest friends. Sincerely Cole, Dylan, and Frank from Atlantic an

  20. A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent on December 18, 2018

    From The Corbitt Preservation Association, sending our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Ken Eder.

  21. We’ve always enjoyed our time with Ken visiting at auctions.-  He had a passion and an appreciation for top quality.-  – 
    God Bless!- 
    Aumann Auction Family- 

  22. A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent on December 18, 2018

    Ken has been a great friend and vital part of the Railway Association of N.C. for many years. He will be greatly missed! Patti you and your family are in our prayers. Love, The Railway A

  23. – Sorry to hear of the passing of Ken. He was always willing to take the time to speak to anyone and with a smile on his face. It always hurts to lose a member of this Railroad Industry we call Family.Our deepest sympathy to Patti and the rest of your fam

  24. Since I have worked with the Railway Association of North Carolina I have known Ken and have enjoyed our times together at RANC events. I am sorry to learn of his passing and send my deepest sympathy to Patti and the family during this time of grea

  25. The Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club Chapter 12 would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Eder family in the loss of a dear man. Ken was a very big part of our club in so many was; in ideas, work ethic, generosity, hospitality, willingness

  26. A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent on December 18, 2018

    Patti and Family,
    So sorry to hear about Kens passing. I have such fun memories of working at Mideast. May God be with you all during this difficult time.

    Andrea Daniel

  27. Ken was a friend like no one else and will be missed deeply.-  There will always be a special place in my heart for him.-  Rest in peace.

  28. To Ken’s entire family, you have our sincerest sympathy in this time of great loss. Having grown up with Ken in Western New York as a close-by farming 1st cousin, we had many cherished & memorable times that will never be forgotten. Childhood discussions

  29. I did not know Mr. Eder, but I attended the wonderful show he put together many times. THANKS for all the JOY.-  – May the family find comfort with each other.

  30. I did not know Mr. Eder, but I attended the wonderful show he put together every year. THANKS for the JOY. May the family find comfort with each other.

  31. I am so sorry to hear about the lost of your love ones. At times like these we need the most comfort. The Bible informs us who provides the best comfort found in 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 ‘Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of te

  32. The Grote Family
    God Bless the Family.-  We met Ken at an auction approximately a dozen years ago when he bought the four wheel chain driven steam engine.-  We have been visiting Ken & Patti ever since then.-  Great people!

  33. An A GARDEN PATH was sent on December 19, 2018

    Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Art, Chris, & Mossy Creek Management Team

  34. So sorry to hear this. Ken was a good man and I enjoyed all the conversations I had with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  35. We are so saddened to hear about Ken.-  He was a good friend and a treasured member of the railroading family.-  He and Chip are probably planning the next big project together now.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Johnson Railway Service

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