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, â€śWell done, good and faithful servant.â€ť
Eddie was born Jan. 10, 1947, in Celina, the son of Martha (Dennings) and Charles Springer, who preceded him in death. On Feb. 4, 1967, he married Shirley (Cook) Springer, who survives in Wapakoneta.
Also surviving are two sons, Edwin Eugene â€śChipâ€ť (Laura) Springer II, of New Bremen, and Michael Joseph (Kara) Springer, of Wapakoneta; four grandchildren, Cody Springer, Tara Springer, Maddison Springer, and Cohl Springer; a brother Terry (Linda) Springer, of Lima; and 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 Centerâ€™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 over 45 years, 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 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 V.F.W. Post 8445.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Schlosser Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Wapakoneta.
Condolences may be expressed at schlosserfuneralhome.com.
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