Edward J. Meidel
Aug. 1, 1923 - Jan. 4, 2018
MISHAWAKA - Edward Joseph Meidel, 94, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from natural causes, following declining health as a result of “having too many birthdays” according to Ed, in his home that he built with wife Irene in 1951.
On December 20, 1947, shortly after they met at a dance at the South Bend Palais Royal, he married the love of his life, the former Irene Hartman. Ed and Irene recently celebrated 70 happy years of marriage. Irene survives along with daughters, Cynthia Meidel of Mishawaka and Sandra (Joseph) Trimboli of Osceola; and son, Erick (Judy) Meidel of Mishawaka; five grandchildren, Jenna Trimboli of Minneapolis, MN, Yolanda (Steve) Moilanen of Roanoke, IN, Ericka Werner, Sarah Meidel, and Joshua (Catherine) Cleghorn of Mishawaka; and four great-grandchildren with one on the way. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Ed was preceded in death by his eldest son, Mark Meidel in 2002. He was also preceded in death by all of his siblings: sisters, Joanna “Honey” Smith, Charlotte “Lottie” Meixel, and Ann DeMeyer; and brother, Robert Meidel.
Growing up, he lived in Mishawaka, but fondly remembers spending many summers working at his Uncle Victor's farm in Michigan. He would speak frequently of enjoyable times spent there in his childhood and with his own children, even in his later years.
Following graduation from Mishawaka High School in 1941, he enlisted in the Navy. He served as an Aviation Machinist on the aircraft carrier USS Absecon until being honorably discharged in 1945 as a DAV, following an accident.
After returning home to Mishawaka in 1945, mechanically inclined, he built his automobile garage, Carburetor and Ignition Specialist, next to his childhood home. He continued to own and operate his shop for nearly 70 years, many of those years working alongside his two sons. Most of his life was dedicated to working long, hard hours at the garage providing for his family.
Through the years, Ed was happiest flying his plane, working on his plane, going for rides, or just being around planes and other pilots. Ed became a pilot due to his interest in learning to fly at an early age. Ed was such an avid pilot, he became one of the founding members of The Mishawaka Pilots Club, and he was the last remaining founder. He was also a member of the Michiana Soaring Society and the Soaring Society of America. He owned and flew sailplanes for pleasure and competition, earning silver and gold badges.
In his free time, he could be found reading or watching something educational. He possessed a great deal of knowledge on many topics. Generally, he was a quiet man, but any chance he had, he liked to teach what he knew. Possibly everyone he has ever met has learned something from him.
Living without him in our lives will be an enormous and sad loss, but he leaves us with so many great memories which will live in all of us forever.
As per his wishes, there will be no visitation. A private burial will take place. Hahn Funeral Home, Mishawaka has been entrusted with handling the final arrangements.
Contributions in memory of Edward may be made to The Mishawaka Pilots Club, P.O. Box 149, Osceola, IN 46561.
To leave the family an online condolence, please visit www.hahnfuneralhomes.com