Edward Fred Stagmiller, 75, of Palm City, FL, passed on June 6th 2014, losing his hard fought battle to cancer. He was at his vacation home in S.C. surrounded by his loving family when he passed. Born in Brooklyn, NY on Oct. 20th 1938, he was 1 of 3 children. He spent 50+ years as a Palm City resident. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, George and May Stagmiller, his brother, George L. Stagmiller and sister, Joan Sattler. He is survived by his wife of 50+ years, Julie. Children, Laura Eger, Michael and Edward T. Stagmiller, Lela Holmes, and Lisa Smith. Grandchildren, Kirk A. Eger and wife Lisa, Daniel Eger, Nicole Veldhuis, Christopher and Sara Stagmiller, Zachary Timmons, Edward M. and Kellie Stagmiller, Logan Smith, Blake and Aubrey Holmes, Great grandson, Landon Eger. Son in laws, Kirk Eger, Nathan Holmes, Mike Smith. Daughter in laws, Amy and Melissa Stagmiller. Niece, Bonnie Roebuck. Nephews, Tom and Kenny Sattler. Ed was a proud veteran of the Navy aboard the Carrier, USS Leyte for 4 years, a Coast Guard Reservist for 27 years, receiving multiple commendations/awards. Grumman Aviation brought him to Stuart, FL. He ventured into marine construction, partnering and founding Seagate Marine for several years before taking a position with Martin Memorial Hospital's Plant operations dept. for 26 years, before retiring. Ed Served as a Firefighter, Asst. Chief and Fire Chief for the Palm City Volunteer Fire Dept. As Fire Chief, Ed worked tirelessly to move Martin County toward a paid fire service. He also served as a first responder with Tri-county Ambulance Service. He formed one of the first HOA's in the Sea Gate Harbor community in Palm City. Beyond the love he had for his family and the community, Ed enjoyed boating, RVing, Lionel trains and animals. Ed had charisma; he was also a prankster, fun to be around. His love for people was evident in the life he lived, making a difference for those he loved and for those he had only just met. In his lifetime, his achievements were great; he made a difference in his life, his family's life, and in his community. He set a good example for his family and friends to follow, as he certainly loved his family! He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten! Ed's wishes were to be cremated. A day of remembrance will be held in late August; however a date is yet to be determined. For information on attending, please contact Julie at; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in the TC Palm on July 8, 2014