Edmund J. Kinel,
age 93 of Valparaiso, IN, passed away on October 6, 2014. He was born on
October 26, 1920.
He is survived by
his five children: David (Sue) Kinel, Karen (Gary) Duvall, Brian (Angela)
Kinel, Susan (Terry) Wright and Kevin (Barbara) Kinel and by nine
grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
parents Joseph and Catherine Kinel and his sisters Ann Alter and Frances
Ed grew up in East
Chicago, Indiana and graduated from Bishop Noll Institute and the Illinois
College of Optometry where he earned a Doctor of Optometry degree and served
as the Sears optometrist in downtown Gary and then at the Southlake Mall in
Merrillville from itís opening until his retirement 25 years later.
Ed served in the
U.S. Navy during WW II, earning the rank of lieutenant jg. He was stationed
aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Randolph in the Pacific Fleet and saw
action in many of the major campaigns in that theater, including the Battle
of Midway, Guadalcanal, Luzon and others, and was aboard his carrier when it
was sent steaming towards Japan when the war abruptly ended.
Ed was a life
member of many organizations, including the Toastmasters, the American
Legion, the VFW, the Moose, the Elks and the Eagles and enjoyed many of his
retirement years attending activities at these clubs. He will be dearly
missed by his family and friends and perhaps fondly remembered best for his
ever willingness to help out wherever needed.
In accordance with
Edís wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. He has requested
that his remains be cremated and his ashes scattered. Professional
arrangements are being handled through Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso, IN.