21st of two thousand and four, my father, Edmund H. Zehel passed
away at his home in Deland, Florida. He was born on July third of
nineteen hundred and twenty-nine in California, Pennsylvania, and
was a brother of ten siblings. At the age of eighteen, he enlisted
in the United States Army, and later married his wife Misako in
1956. He became a proud and devoted father in 1958, and much later
an even prouder and loving grandfather in the year of 2001. Up until
that time, he had lived a very fulfilling life. He enjoyed attending
church services, doing yard work, playing cards, reading the newspaper,
watching the news and football games on television, and reading
books to his grandson Steven.
in the army he received the Bronze Star medal and had earned the
rank of 1st Sergeant. After serving in the army for twenty-one years,
he then retired in August of 1968. He had served in the Korean War,
and also served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He has traveled
to Japan, Korea, South America, Italy, Greece, and the Vatican in
Rome, Guam and Hawaii. After retiring from the military, he tried
his hand in house construction, worked in a hardware store, became
a purchasing agent in a medical clinic, worked as a car salesman,
became a car sales manager and had sailed the seas as a merchant
he had his first battle with cancer, which was due to his exposure
to Agent Orange. The chemical Agent Orange had been used extensively
in the Vietnam War. After the cancer was removed form his right
lung, it remained in remission for the next seven years. Then tragically
in November of two thousand and three, just one week before Thanksgiving,
he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. His only last wish was to
die at home, which was accomplished with the help from Hospice.
He is greatly loved and missed, and will be forever in our fondest
We would like to express our appreciation to family and friends
for your words of comfort and your prayers.
H. Zehel Jr.