Obit: Vinton, Edward Franklin (1920 - 2013)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Vinton, Cameron, Eisberner, Wigchers, Glinski, Waite, Reed, Sorenson, Rohrman, Draper, Kouba

----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI) 4/10/2013

Vinton, Edward Franklin (11 October 1920 - 3 April 2013) With Flag

Edward F. Vinton, age 92, of Thorp, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Stanley. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Thorp. Burial followed in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Fairchild. Military rites were conducted by the Carl Nelson American Legion Post #324 of Osseo/Fairchild. Visitation was held on Monday, April 8, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Thorp Funeral Home. Visitation was also held on Tuesday, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service, at the church.

Edward Franklin Vinton was born the sixth child of Edward and Jennie (Cameron) Vinton on October 11, 1920, in Eau Claire, WI. In his senior year of high school, Ed moved to Neillsville where he graduated high school in 1940. He was well known in the area as “Skinny”. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corp on January 17, 1941, and served his country during WWII. On March 6, 1944, he married his high school sweetheart Helen Lorraine Eisberner of Fairchild, WI. After working for National Presto Industries for 18 years, and 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 in Eau Claire.

He is survived by his 11 remaining children: Christine (David) Wigchers of Cumberland, WI, Michael (Bev) Vinton of Drake, ND, Monica (Jim) Glinski of Stratford, WI, Sister Maria Vinton SSM of Merrill, WI, Jessica (Carl) Waite of Thorp, WI, John (Elizabeth) Vinton of San Diego, CA, Johnnette (John) Reed of Thorp, WI, Thomasine (Bill) Sorenson of Eau Claire, WI, Joseph (Vickie) Vinton of Eau Clair e, WI, Jacinta Rohrman of Chippewa Falls, WI, Tonita Draper of Brodhead, WI; 23 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 17 step-grandchildren; nephews; several great nieces and nephews, and his dear friend and companion, Helen Kouba of Thorp, WI, and her daughter, Mary Ellen, and family.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, in 1997; two sons: Peter in 1960 and Joel in 1988; his parents; three sisters and two brothers.

Online condolences may be expressed at: Thorp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.



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