Eugene Alonzo Reardon was born October 14, 1874, in West Liberty, Ohio. He graduated from West Liberty High School with the class of 1892, and taught school in the area until 1898. Around 1898, he was converted in a revival held in West Liberty. Very soon he became involved in mission work and went to work at the Chicago Missionary Home. By the early 1900s he was an ordained minister of the Church of God. In November 1907, he went to Egypt as a missionary, returning home in August 1908. On December 9, 1908, at the age of 34, he married Pearl L. Harmon.
Although song writing was not his calling, he wrote the words to one of our most soul-stirring invitation/altar call songs: Evening Light Songs #394, “The Last Call” — an appeal to sinners to “heed the Spirit’s voice ere mercy’s day is past.” The solemn lyrics were set to music by D. O. Teasley.
E. A. Reardon departed this life October 4, 1946, just 10 days prior to his 72nd birthday, at Chester, Pennsylvania. His body was laid to rest in Maplewood Cemetery in Anderson, Indiana. His wife, Pearl, passed away in 1969 and is buried beside her husband.