Edward Mitchell Schmeling, 88, of Union, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Cass County Medical Care Facility, Cassopolis.
He was born on Feb. 12, 1924, in Union, Mich., to Emil and Elsie (Hoffman) Schmeling.
Edward married Vera Maxine O’Dell on Sept. 13, 1947, in Elkhart, Ind. She preceded him in death on Jan. 26, 1996. He was also preceded by one son, Rex Schmeling, and one grandson, Eddie Schmeling.
Edward served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He is a member of the Cass County Conservation Club. Edward enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting. He liked to build things, spending time in the little shop out back making everything from picture frames to toys.
Edward will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by one son and daughter in law, Randy and Kathy Schmeling of Three Rivers; three granddaughters, Anna Schmeling of White Pigeon, Tina Stoltz of Bristol, Ind., and Cindy Richardson of White Pigeon; two grandsons, Michael (Heather) Schmeling of White Pigeon and Chris Adams of White Pigeon; five great-grandchildren; two sisters and brothers in law, Arlene and Jim Southard of Union, Dorothy and Wayne Reber of Elkhart; and one brother and sister in law, Emil and Lois Schmeling Jr. of Elkhart, Iind.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family and friends will gather from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway Street, Cassopolis. Funeral services with Military Honors will be Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the funeral home.
Mr. Schmeling will be laid to rest beside his late wife in Plum Grove Cemetery, Union, in a graveside service Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at 10 a.m.
The family prefers memorial contributions to Cass County Conservation Club, 13710 US 12, P.O. Box 428, Union, Michigan 49130.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Online condolences may be posted at wagnercares.com.