Edwin Eugene Springer, 65, of Wapakoneta, entered eternal life at 2:44 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at this residence. The Lord surely said, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Eddie was born on Jan. 10, 1947, in Celina, to Charles and Martha (Dennings) Springer, and they preceded him in death.
On Feb. 4, 1967, he married Shirley (Cook) Springer, and she survives in Wapakoneta.
Also surviving are two sons, Edwin “Chip” Eugene (Laura) Springer II of New Bremen and Michael Joseph (Kara) Springer of Wapakoneta; four grandchildren, Cody, Tara, Maddison and Cohl Springer; a brother, Terry (Linda) Springer of Lima; two half brothers, Don (Dorothy) Springer of Celina and Charles (Wanda) Springer of Temperance, Mich.
Eddie worked at Ford Motor Company in Lima for 37 years until his retirement in 2006 as a machine repairman. While at Ford, he apprenticed other employees in the trade and was a veteran representative of the United Auto Workers.
Following his retirement, he found great satisfaction in teaching and helping others succeed through Apollo Career Center’s Adult Education.
Eddie graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 1965 and completed studies at the Allied Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1966.
On Aug. 14, 1966, he entered the U.S. Army, serving for three years. He was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, Md., as an instructor and Giessen, Germany, as a wheel and track mechanic.
He faithfully attended St. Joseph Catholic Church with his family for more than 45 years and was a proud member of the American Legion Post 330, U.A.W. Local 1219 and The National Rifle Association.
Along with many other outdoor sporting activities, his favorite pastime was participating in competitive trap and sporting clays events.
A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta.
Burial will follow at the church cemetery, with military rites being performed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8445.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Schlosser Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Wapakoneta.
Condolences may be expressed at SchlosserFuneralHome.com.