MOUNT VERNON — Joseph Edward “Ed” Baldwin, 93, of Springwater Drive, Mount Vernon, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Aug. 27, 1920, in Tazewell, Va., to the late John and Sarah (Mitchell) Baldwin. He was raised by his foster parents, Arthur and Rosa McCann, after his mother passed when he was young. Ed was a farmer and also was employed at Cooper-Bessemer and the Mount Vernon Bridge Co. where he was a welder. He will be remembered for his quick humor which stayed with him his entire life. He enjoyed teasing and tormenting his grandchildren. Ed was very dependable and would lend a helping hand to complete any project for his family and friends. He cherished the memories of the times he hunted with his sons and walked the farm.
Ed was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army 80th Infantry Division “Blue Ridgers” in the European Theatre of War during World War II He received the Purple Heart after being shot in battle. Ed and two of his brothers had the distinction of serving their country at the same time.
Ed is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Gene (Dana) Baldwin of Atlanta, Ga., Lee (Pam) Baldwin of Mount Vernon, Steve (Becky) Baldwin of Beaufort, S.C.; 10 grandchildren, Debi Baldwin, Jay (Lindsay) Neese, Andrea (Keith) Riley, Shelly (Scott) Laslo, Chad Baldwin, Jud (Pam) Rutland, Ashley (Geoff) Adamo, Melissa (Matt) Stier, Brooke (Shane) Harrison and Brad (Erika) Baldwin; 18 great-grandchildren; and his brother, William Claude “Bill” Baldwin of Marengo.
Besides his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Pearl Baldwin; two brothers, Paul and Henry Baldwin; and his sister, Laura Osborne.
Friends may call Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home. A service, at the funeral home, will follow beginning at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Bill Fennell officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will be held in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
The family wanted to share Ed’s humor and describe when he received his Draft Notice to join the Army. The Draft Notice stated, “Your friends and neighbors have selected you for service to your country.” To which Ed replied, “With friends and neighbors like that, who needs enemies.”
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ed’s name may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
To send the family a private condolence online visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
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