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Edward Wohlgemuth


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Edward Wohlgemuth

Wichita, KS

On Friday, February 1, 2013, we lost a master craftsman, designer and inventor. Edward Wohlgemuth, age 91, son of Ruby Ann Beck Wohlgemuth and Charles Edward Wohlgemuth, was born November 11, 1921, in Washington, KS.

Ed was raised on the family farm with his brother, Duane Eugene Wohlgemuth. It was on the farm that Ed learned to love machines and their possibilities.After attending and graduating from the Washington school system, Ed opened a machine shop in Washington which he operated for five years. He also worked as a heavy equipment operator and a truck driver for H C. McNitt prior to service for his country in WWII.

He served in the European Theatres as well as in Japan. He served with the 1st 106 Port Marine, the 11th Major Port Maintenance, and Yokohama Dock and Harbor operations. Two weeks prior to the end of the war in Germany, where he was then stationed, he was back to the States at Port in New Orleans for 30 days for the reassemble back to Japan. It was while in Japan that as a T4 Sergeant he became known as the 'wheelin dealin sergeant'. As companies were getting home via Yokohama, where he ran the Dock and Harbor Operations, he was able to find and obtain about anything that was needed by the men. He ended his military service as a staff sergeant in the Reserves.

Ed completed several Machinists' courses, additional course work with Hemphill Diesel Engineering School, and 4 years Post Graduate School in Los Angeles. He held numerous certifications in Astelin, Arc welding and Inspection. He held Kansas jobs at O. A. Sutton Corp., Eaton Corporation, Davis-Westholt Manufacturing, Inc., Cessna, and Midwest Bumper as Plant Foreman for 18.5 years. In the spring of 1977, upon his son Mark's graduation from St John's Military Academy, the family moved to Monterey County, to Salinas, where Ed began his work for Ramsey Welding and Machine as a Welder Machinist and Straightening Engineer, which lasted for 15 ½ years prior to 'retiring' at the age 68. He then went on to work as a Maintenance Field Technician for Water Softener and Osmosis Systems in Salinas.

Following the death of his wife of 49 years, Barbara Jane McNitt in 2004, Ed returned back to Wichita, KS and went into business doing antique furniture repair and creating wood furniture and wood pieces. Ed had always had a love for cultivating garden fruits and vegetables and could always be found with a camera. He called woodworking his hobby, but he seemed to always have a project in the works for his church, Riverview Baptist, or one of its congregation, of which Ed was an active member. Many times he has remarked as to the support and strength that Pastor Jerry Elder provided to him.

Ed was forced into a final retirement on February 18, 2011, after a diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

He is survived by his son, Charles E. Wohlgemuth of Muscatine, AL; granddaughter, Janet Wohlgemuth of Salinas; two great-grandchildren; his daughters, Bobbi Sue Wohlgemuth of Katy, TX and Jo Beth Miller of Mukilteo, WA; granddaughters, Dana Leigh Miller of Wichita, KS, Christina Marie Miller of Hays, KS; and son, Mark Wohlgemuth of Wichita, KS.

Arrangements: Baker Funeral Home in Wichita, KS; 316-612-1700.

Published in The Salinas Californian on Feb. 16, 2013
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