Edward U. Preissle, age 95, was born December 5, 1916, in East St. Louis, IL, the son of Frank Paul, Jr. and Ida Helen (Unshelm) Preissle. Ed was baptized at an early age by Rev. Jaeger in East St. Louis, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Frank Paul Preissle III, one sister Helen Patricia Preissle, and two wives.
Ed is survived by his wife Delma of the home, a stepson Rob Haney and wife Sandra and stepdaughter, Jeri Baker and husband Marty; six step grandchildren, five step great grandchildren; two nephews, Frank Paul Preissle IV, Robert Edward Preissle and one niece Judith of Athens, GA; and numerous other family members and friends.
He grew up in the printing industry, working in his father’s print shop. As an adult he was employed by printing companies in St. Louis, MO.
Ed married Doris Emrich in 1941. He was inducted into the Army June 11, 1941, and was assigned to the 63rd Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Battery H, Ft. Bliss, TX. A few days after Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941, the battalion was transferred to the 4th Anti-Aircraft Brigade and the battery was re-numbered to Battery D-213th Anti Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion and transferred to Seattle, WA, where anti-aircraft protection was provided for the Boeing plant and other vital war industries in and around Seattle, from Dec. 1941 through VE Day, May 8, 1945. The battalion was on red-alert many times during those four years whenever Japanese submarines or aircraft were sighted near the West Coast. The battalion was transferred to Orlando, FL, where Sgt. Edward Preissle was discharged on Dec. 15, 1945.
Ed returned to St. Louis and his former employment. In 1953 he accepted a position with Universal Printing Co. one of the major printing companies in St. Louis. He advanced to the position of purchasing agent, holding other positions of responsibility along the way.
Ed’s first wife Doris passed away in 1969. In 1970 Ed married Mildred Albert. In the spring of 1976 Ed and Millie purchased land in the Brown Hill community, east of Houston, where in 1978, they had their retirement home built. Ed retired at the end of 1978 and they were both very active in the Antique Car Club and the Genealogical Society. Ed is past president and Mille was past recording secretary of the Car Club and Millie had been an officer or standing chairperson in the Genealogical Society. Ed and Millie read, in their entirety, or updated over fifty cemeteries that are listed in Texas County Cemeteries. Mildred passed away in 1997.
In 2000 Ed married Delma Haney. Ed and Delma made their home south of Houston where Ed enjoyed his collecting of antique automobiles and automobilia and Delma’s gardens. Doris, Mildred, and Delma have all been loving, loyal and supportive life partners.
Visitation will be Monday, January 16 from 6:00 Pm to 8:00 PM. Services will be Tuesday, January 17 at 10:00 AM at Evans Funeral Home. Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Texas County Hospice of Care.