Francis "Ed" MEIDLING (1927 - 2018)

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MEIDLING, Francis "Ed"
(Age 91)

If you knew Ed Meidling, you know it is entirely appropriate he passed away on Labor Day, for he had a seemingly endless capacity for hard work.
Born in Helena, MT., April 15, 1927, Ed was an orphan, adopted by a family in the Billings area at about age six. Hard work on the farm and living through the Great Depression instilled his unending determination and grit. In 1944, he lied about his age, joined the Navy, and served through the end of the war in the South Pacific, earning six medals, including a Purple Heart.
In '46 he was honorably discharged, and with $67.71 in his pocket (courtesy of the US Navy) he returned to Billings, where he became a cement mason apprentice, then journeyman, a career that would span a lifetime and earn him an enduring reputation as a master craftsman.
In 1948, Ed married Donna Wilder and settled in Casper, WY., launching Ed Meidling Concrete Service in 1953. Their company grew rapidly, completing work throughout Wyoming, employing dozens of families and earning a stellar reputation for innovation and craftsmanship. But the pride and joy of their lives were their kids, Fran, Curt and Kate who they proudly raised to live successful lives of their own. Ed and Donna were divorced in 1991.
In '66 they moved their family and company to Spokane, settling in the Valley in '67. Meidling Concrete again became a significant part of the local concrete industry. Curt and Fran eventually joined the company, and the Meidling team continued to refine and expand their expertise. For decades, Meidling Concrete was a leader in the concrete construction community, supporting many industry achievements. As a proud Merit Shop contractor, he helped found the Inland Pacific Associated Builders & Contractors.
Ed retired in 1996. Never one to be idle, he jumped into his "retired" life with zeal, whether landscaping for nephew Chris Mikkelsen or being the brawn and brains responsible for daughter Kate McCaslin's hugely successful sign efforts during her county commissioner races.
Never a whiner, Ed triumphed over a harsh childhood to live a life of success and achievement. Ed expected results, not excuses, whether it was of himself or others. Known as a tough guy with a quick temper, he was a driver on construction sites, and widely respected for his ability to get things done.
Ed was also an enormously generous man with a big heart, quietly helping countless people, whether family, friends or strangers. Ed loved to tease and greeted everyone with a strong handshake and big hello. Family was everything to Ed, and he loved family reunions with his brothers and sisters.
Ed is survived by his children, Fran Wills, Curt (Valarie) Meidling and Kate McCaslin, his nephew (who was like his son) Mike (Teri) Meidling, grandchildren Rachelle, Ian and Hilary, sisters Vina, Carmen, Delores, Judy, brothers Mike and Bill, nephews/nieces, Pam (Tim) Wheatley, Vicki Vargas, Chris (Kris) Mikkelsen, Roxy (Jan) Mikkelsen, Paula (Greg) Bulkley, and many other family and friends he cherished. We know he was joyously greeted into Heaven by his brothers Cy, Roxy, Jerry, Denny and grandson Joshua.
Our deepest gratitude goes to his amazing sister Vina, the Bridge at Post Falls and North Idaho Hospice for the kindness and care they provided Dad in his final days.
A celebration of Ed's life will be held Friday, September 14th at 2:00 PM at the St. Joseph's Chapel at 17825 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA. Informal reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Morning Star Boys' Ranch, P.O. Box 8087, Spokane 99203, or North Idaho Hospice, 2290 W. Prairie Ave., Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815.
Dad, Uncle Ed, you will always be remembered and deeply missed.

Published in Spokesman-Review from Sept. 9 to Sept. 12, 2018
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