Saturday, April 23, 2016
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
Life Story Funeral Homes - Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren
409 South Main Street
Vicksburg, MI 49097
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Life Story / Obituary
With a life that spanned times of great change in the world around him, Edmund Rishel was a man of honor and integrity who was generous to all who were near. While he never had any children of his own, he had a soft spot for young children, and since he was kind and genuine they were drawn to him as well. Ed worked hard, but he took the time to play hard, too, and he was very gifted and mechanically inclined. Deeply loved, he will never be forgotten.
As the year 1940 dawned, America had hopes of remaining neutral as WWII moved throughout more of Europe with each new day. We were just emerging from the darkness of the Great Depression, and although things were looking better we still had a long way to go in order to recover. It was just as the calendar turned to welcome in the year 1940 that Leon and Hazel (Selner) Rishel were eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new baby that February. Their wait was over when they proudly announced the birth of the baby boy they named Edmund on February 25th. Born in Vicksburg, Michigan, he was the fifth of 13 children in his family and experienced an upbringing that was fairly typical for the youth of his generation. His parents were hardworking farmers, and since Ed also needed to help out around their home and farm he had little time for extra school or sporting activities. As a student he attended Vicksburg Schools. As a young man, Ed served in the United States Army from February 4, 1966, through January 15, 1968. While in the military he did spend some time in Germany. With his military duties fulfilled, Ed made a career working in maintenance at Fabri-Kal for 20 years.
Throughout his life Ed was a man of many interests. He had a special dog named Mauzer that was like a member of his family. Ed and Mauzer were together nearly all the time, and whatever Ed ate, Mauzer ate as well. He also built a special seat on the side of his tractor as well. They were together for many years, and Ed was deeply saddened with his dog’s death. He loved going to the casino, and it was an annual event for him to head out to Las Vegas. In fact, it has been said that Ed also may have visited every casino in Michigan. Many will remember the annual deer hunting trips that eventually turned into the casino hunting trips and the yearly excursions to Silver Lake racing the dune buggies in friendly competition. He was a huge NASCAR fan, and although his family gave him a hard time about it he was also a Jimmy Johnson fan. Around home Ed liked working out in his garden, and he enjoyed classic country music as well as rock ’n roll from the fifties and sixties. He liked grilling a good steak and also making stew.
All who knew Edmund Rishel would agree that he was an extraordinary man to know and love. He was vibrant and fun to be with and also had a zest for life that was easy to see. Ed could be feisty at times, but he was also as loving and caring as they come. With unending devotion to the people and things he treasured, he touched the lives of everyone he met in a special way. Ed will be forever missed.
Edmund Rishel of Marcellus, formerly of Vicksburg, died on Sunday, April 17, 2016. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Life Story Funeral Home, 409 S. Main, Vicksburg (269-649-1697). A burial with military honors will be held at Vicksburg Cemetery. Please visit Ed’s webpage at www.lifestorynet.com where you can sign the guestbook, share a memory and/or photo. Those who wish may make contributions to Generous Hands.