Dana E. Edmonds, 88, of Secrest Center at Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2007.
He was born Dec. 23, 1918, in Millinocket, Maine, the son of William and Lillian (Doll) Edmonds. On Jan. 8, 1944, he married Florence May (Rumery), and she survives. Dana was formerly employed as a millwright at Great Northern Paper Co. in Millinocket. He also served the nuns in Millinocket as a carpenter, performing needed tasks to keep their convent livable. The nuns dubbed Dana "St. Joseph" for his loving care. After moving to Port Clinton, he owned and operated The Dana Construction Co., building many homes in the area. He was a decorated company staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving with the famed 10th Mountain Division. He was a ski instructor with the elite 10th Mountain ski troopers, who trained at Copper Mountain in Colorado, which later became a famous resort.
He was one of only 15 men surviving the assault on Riva Ridge in the Po Valley in Italy. He was also active in the 10th Mountain annual reunions. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and was active in the Christ Renews his Parish. A member of Knights of Columbus since 1937, he was a 4th degree Knight and took part in many service projects.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his son, William (Lynn) Edmonds of Mansfield; daughters, Yvonne (Maury) Hall of Port Clinton, Lea (Dr. James) Ball of Orlando, Fla., Rita (Gary) Sharples of Swanton, Ohio, and Madeline Dubbert of Port Clinton; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Theresa Clemons; an infant child; his parents; and a brother, Garland, who died in childhood.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today in Neidecker, LeVeck and Crosser Funeral Home, Port Clinton, where prayer services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 414 Madison St., Port Clinton with the Rev. James Brown officiating. Burial will be in Catawba Island Cemetery with graveside military rites.