Dr. Eric Wayne Northway age 48, passed away June 24, 2018 at his home in Mitchellville. A memorial funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, July 1, 2018 at the Runnells Christian Church. A visitation will begin at 12:00 pm prior to services at the church.\n \nEric was born on March 22, 1970 in Des Moines, Iowa to John and Cheryl (Howard) Northway.\nEric grew up in Runnells, Iowa and was a graduate of Southeast Polk in 1988. He attended ISU in Ames and The Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. He received his Dr. at Durham University in Durham, UK. Eric was a Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Dept. at ISU in Ames. He truly loved his students and his job. He had a way of speaking at a level that everyone could understand and connect to. This is one reason he was such a respected and loved teacher. \nEric loved the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed trapping. He had a great respect for nature and all animals. He loved books. Anything he found interesting and ready to try, he read about it first, and began to accomplish the task. (100%) He was a caring, honest and humble man with a kind heart. He was always willing to help anyone at any time. He loved his family and friends. \nEric is survived by his mother, Cheryl Northway of Runnells; brother, Andrew(Amy)Northway; his nephews Hunter and Spencer Northway and niece Halle Northway of Ankeny; Lee, Isadora, Melissa and Lillian Wolfer of Mitchellville; many special aunts, uncles and cousins and a multitude of friend all over the U.S.\nEric was preceded in death by his father, John Northway and his grandparents Leonard/Edith Northway and Raymond/Lois Howard.\n We will hold near to our heart Eric's short time on this earth with gratitude and many wonderful memories.