Edwin Mamer, age 86, of Hector, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at the Fairfax Community Home in Fairfax.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hector. Military Honors will be provided by the Carl O. Potter American Legion Post 135 of Hector.
Interment will be held in Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 11:05 A.M.
Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday, beginning at 10:00 A.M.
Edwin John Mamer was born August 22, 1928 at home in St. Leo, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic faith in St. Leo. Ed received his education at the St. Leo Catholic School, and graduated from the Canby High School with the Class of 1946. On December 31, 1946, Ed joined the United States Navy. His naval career spanned 30 years. During that time, he was stationed at various Navy bases and served in many areas of the world, including tours of duty in Korea during the Korean War, and in Vietnam. An engineer, Ed ran the engine room on the hospital ship Hope. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander on February 1, 1977.
On May 16, 1953, Ed was united in marriage to Ruth Crismond in Yuma, Arizona. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Edwin Jr., Robert, and Margaret. Following his retirement from the Navy, Ed and Ruth made their home in Hector, Minnesota. After 30 years of marriage, Ruth passed away in December of 1983.
On September 7, 1985, Ed married Shirley (Neiman) Heckman at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hector. They enjoyed their time traveling, going on many cruises. Ed and Shirley shared 20 years of marriage when Shirley passed away in January of 2005.
Ed was employed with the meat plant in Buffalo Lake. He also drove school bus for the Hector school district. Edwin was a faithful member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Hector. He also belonged to the American Legion, and the Military Officers Association of America.
As a veteran, Ed lived up to his beliefs of Honor and Duty. He was an honest and smart man, always willing to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed woodworking, and was good at carpentry work. He created many pieces he would give, even to the neighborhood children. Ed was always busy, and when it was time to relax, he loved to watch football and basketball.
In April of 2015, when Ed needed additional care, he became a resident of the Fairfax Community Home. He passed away there on Wednesday evening, July 1, 2015, having reached the age of 86 years, 10 months, 9 days.
Blessed be his memory.
Edwin is survived by his:
Daughter, Margaret Mamer of San Francisco, California;
Step-Daughter, Linda Braaten and her husband Steve of St. Louis Park, Minnesota;
Step-Son, Scott Heckman of Chicago, Illinois;
Grandson, Christopher Mamer of Florida;
Step-Granddaughter, Bridgett Braaten of St. Louis Park, Minnesota;
Sister, Adeline Mortenson of Fairfax, Minnesota;
Brothers, Delmar Mamer and his wife Irene of St. Leo, Minnesota, and Blaine Mamer of Minneapolis, Minnesota;
other relatives, and friends.
Edwin was preceded in death by his: Parents, Edmund and Rose Mamer; Wife, Ruth Mamer; Wife, Shirley Mamer; Son, Edwin Mamer Jr; Son, Robert Mamer and his wife Diana; Brother, Eugene Mamer; Sister, Rosella Hoyer and her husband Larry; Brother-in-law Russell Mortenson; and Sister-in-law Mary Mamer.