Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
November 29, 2011 12:36 pm EST


MOUNT VERNON — Edward H. Schwendau, 84, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Country View of Sunbury.

Born in Chicago on May 11, 1927, he was the only son of the late Edward F. and Anna (Funk) Schwendau. A US Army Veteran, he was a surgical tech stationed at Walter Reed Hospital during WW II. He was honored to attend to WW I General John J. Pershing, while his private nurse went to supper.

A young nurse caught his eye at the Hines Veterans Hospital near Chicago; Vada Nye would become his beloved wife of 61 years. Together they raised a family and traveled the nation.

He became a fireman and paramedic for the Winnetka Fire Department in Illinois, and retired in 1977. He and his wife moved to a small farm near Mt. Vernon, which he considered his “Bit of Heaven.” Always active, Ed was a recreational farmer who enjoyed tractors, his John Deere Gator and farming activities. As one who loved spending time outdoors, he also fished. Taking five trips on the Delta Queen, traveling was a favorite pastime.

Always talkative, he was a fan of country music, enjoyed model railroading and collecting toy John Deere equipment. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, and the Winnebago and Vagabonds Camping Clubs. Trips to Padre Island were favorites, but time spent with family, and especially his grandchildren, were the best and made him smile the most.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he is survived by his beloved wife Vada, son Mark Schwendau (Karen Brickel) of Illinois; daughter, Debra (Gene) Jackson of Centerburg; grandchildren, Kendra (Nathan) Asbury, Trevor Schwendau (Judy Werckle), Kyle (Abbey) Jackson, Katie (Jordan) Shaver; two great-granddaughters whom he adored, Joslyn Shaver and Blakely Asbury; brother and sister-in-law, Wendell and Betty Nye; niece, Kathy Bixler; nephew, Steve (Claudia) Nye and families.

Friends may call Wednesday 4 to 6 p.m. and one hour prior to the 1 p.m. services Thursday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at 61, Sunbury, where Pastors Roy Godfrey and Mark Wildermuth will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Mount Liberty Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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