Ed MacAlmon, of St. Charles, Missouri, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018, at the age of 70. Beloved husband of 25 wonderful years to Teresa MacAlmon; cherished son of the late Edward Lawrence and Roberta Eleanor MacAlmon; devoted father of Tori MacAlmon, Rhonda (Dave) Mitchem, and Leah Martin; loving grandfather of Victoria (Jeff) Fugitt, Kat (Jake) Wessel, Hunter Campbell, Megan (Jason) Wood, Taylor Haley, Kaitlin Haley, and Peyton Mitchem; treasured great-grandfather of Ayden Wessel, Jaelynn Williams, and Jayden Wood; and dear brother of Richard MacAlmon (Michael DeZordo), Terry (Liz) MacAlmon, and Ron MacAlmon (José Flores).
Edward Lewis MacAlmon was born August 12, 1947, to Edward and Roberta MacAlmon. Over the next 13 years, Ed became the big brother to Rich, Terry, and Ron (with the four being known at that time as Eddie, Dickie, Terry, and Ronnie).
Their dad worked for IBM, and the family moved several times, including to Poughkeepsie, New York, and then to Lexington, Kentucky in 1957, and then to Georgetown, Kentucky. After graduating from Georgetown High School in 1965, he attended college first at Georgetown College, and then at Central Bible College in Springfield. He went on to obtain his PhD in Philosophy from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1985.
A man of many abilities and a bright, agile, and forever curious mind, he worked at a number of jobs during his grad school days to support his family, which grew to include daughters Tori and Rhonda. Those included being a DJ on Christian radio station in Cincinnati while serving as a campus pastor there; a camera man at the Columbia MO ABC affiliate; and a Fox Photo staff member. He and his friend, Jerry Storm, also operated a photography business together during that time, photographing weddings and other special events.
After obtaining his Master's and while working on his PhD, he became an instructor at Evangel College (now Evangel University) in the Philosophy and Biblical Studies department. Years after he was no longer teaching, he continued to hear from students who remembered him with fondness, sharing with him the effect his teaching had on their lives.
His next calling was to the field of chemical dependency treatment, after attending Forest Institute of Psychology in Springfield for additional training. Through the ensuing years he served as a drug treatment counselor, pastoral counselor in treatment programs, program director, and clinical director in several programs in the Springfield area, Lake of the Ozarks, and St. Louis. The last 13 years of his full-time career were spent at The Salvation Army, where he was first the program director of the Harbor Light Center, then the St. Louis region social service director, and then finally, the Social Service Director for The Salvation Army throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois.
Due to his declining health and the need to eliminate some stress, he retired from full-time work at the end of 2008. A few months later, as a "post-retirement gig," he began a part-time position as a switchboard operator/receptionist at RK Stratman in Wentzville. During that time, he became a much loved member of the team, known especially for the special "twist" he tried to put on routine overhead announcements. Sometimes he was "Wolfman Jack"...sometimes he was Robin Williams in "Good Morning, Vietnam." He was also drafted as an "ex-officio" member of the IT department because of his computer skills and aptitude. He eventually retired again, leaving work altogether in 2015.
No matter what work he was doing, from teaching college students to think critically and understand the Word, to making employees laugh with his silly announcements, he approached everything as a calling and a ministry and something to which he owed excellence in honor of his Savior. He felt that any honest work was sacred, and was fond of saying, "There were no crooked table legs coming out of the carpenter shop in Nazareth."
In 1992, he met Teresa, whom he would go on to marry in June of 1993, gaining a third daughter, Leah, in the process. All three daughters know him as a kind, loving, supportive dad who always pointed them toward thinking things through, making wise choices, and most of all, loving their Lord.
He and Teresa would have celebrated their 25th anniversary on June 19. Their relationship was one of quiet joy in and devotion to each other. Weekends tucked away alone together in the cabin in the woods they shared were what they both loved...being together doing anything or nothing...just together.
As his health continued to be a struggle, his last weeks were spent in either the hospital or a rehab hospital working to regain mobility. It was such a difficult thing for him to find himself in that situation. Yet throughout the weeks of that ordeal, he was unfailingly kind, courteous, and even-tempered with the staff who were helping him, in circumstances where most people would find it tempting to lash out in anger and frustration. His gentle spirit and loving presence lasted to the very end.
His family remains heartbroken at his loss, but cherishes the years with him, the love that was shared, and the Godly legacy he left.
Private interment will be held.