Edward F. Vinton, 92, Thorp, Wis., passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Stanley.
He was born the sixth child of Edward and Jennie (Cameron) Vinton on Oct. 11, 1920, at Eau Claire. In his senior year of high school, Ed moved to Neillsville, where he graduated in 1940. He was well known in the area as "Skinny."
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp on Jan. 17, 1941, and served his country during WWII. On March 6, 1944, he married his high school sweetheart, Helen Lorraine Eisberner of Fairchild.
After working for National Presto Industries for 18 years, and the John Deere factory for five years, he became an independent U.S. Mail contractor in 1960. He drove his mail truck daily from Eau Claire to Cadott, Boyd, Stanley, Thorp and back to Eau Claire at night.
During the day, he was the manager of Thorp's Midland Service Station, delivered oil to local farmers and drove school bus for a time before his retirement in 1982.
Ed and Helen were founding members of St. Olaf's Catholic Parish, Eau Claire.
Surviving are children Christine (David) Wigchers of Cumberland, Michael (Bev) of Drake, N.D., Monica (Jim) Glinski of Stratford, Sister Maria Vinton SSM of Merrill, Jessica (Carl) Waite of Thorp, John (Elizabeth) of San Diego, Calif., Johnnette (John) Reed of Thorp, Thomasine (Bill) Sorenson of Eau Claire, Joseph (Vickie) of Eau Claire, Jacinta Rohrman of Chippewa Falls and Tonita Draper of Brodhead; 23 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 17 step-grandchildren; nephews; several great nieces and nephews; and his dear friend and companion Helen Kouba of Thorp, her daughter Mary Ellen and family.
Ed was preceded in death by his wife in 1997, sons Peter in 1960 and Joel in 1988, his parents, three sisters and two brothers.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, from St. Bernard-St. Hedwig's Catholic Church, Thorp. Burial followed at St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Fairchild, with military rites accorded by Carl Nelson American Legion Post #324 of Osseo/Fairchild.
Visitation was held 5-8 p.m. Monday from Thorp Funeral Home and an hour prior to services at the church.
Condolences may be expressed at cuddiefh.com.