Edward L. Messersmith, 80, of Au Gres, MI and Mt. Juliet, TN, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, TN. Edward was born June 11, 1932 in Ithaca, MI to the late Eugene and Fannie Messersmith.
Edward joined the US Navy in 1952-1956 and proudly served on the U.S.S. Duncan. He returned to Midland to join his father and brothers at Messersmith Printing. He married the late Betty Jo Vennard of Midland in 1956. After retiring in 1980, he moved his family to AuGres to re-establish the family printing trade, where he re-opened Messersmith Printing.
He was an avid bowler, loved to fish and mine for gems across the country. Edward was also a member of the VFW Post 8275 in AuGres, where he served as Commander and spent many years calling bingo. Edward was a member of the Dave Winslow Quartet of Midland and enjoyed playing his music for family and friends.
He is survived by his 5 children, Gene Lee Messersmith, Rosemarie (Rick Richmond) Messersmith, Josie (Bob) Hill, Mark (Leann) Messersmith and Stanley (Richard Dümmer) Messersmith; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Brothers; Richard (Janet) Messersmith and Donald (Debbie) Messersmith; sister Sharron (Maynard) Hyer and Karen (wife of late brother William Messersmith) and many nieces and nephews. Edward was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife, Betty Jo Messersmith in 1997 and brother William Messersmith in 2010.
Visitation will take place Sunday, Dec. 9th from 2-8 p.m. at the C.L. Forshee & Sons Funeral Homes, Inc. in AuGres MI and again on Monday, Dec. 10th from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor Frederick T. Cordts will officiate. Interment will follow in Linwood Cemetery with military honors.
“Sending many hugs to all of you Gene/Rose/Jo/Mark/Stan/Spouses and of coarse grandchildren-I'm so very sorry for your loss-Knowing your dad all my life has been a true honor to me-he may have always looked grumpy (as Traci Jo puts it) but he had a heart of gold-I always remember the days of him having his boat in Augres and going fishing (alot) I have alot of memories of camping up there beside your parents-great days-I will always remember his big smile when he got back and sometimes disappointment when the fishing was terrible-there are many memories I have but this one is sticking out today for me. Love to all of you and many hugs coming your way, Rob”
“Dick and Janet, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry to hear about your brother. Kathy and Jack”
— Jack and Kathy Moore