Edward U. Preissle, 95, was born Dec. 5, 1916, in East St. Louis, Ill., the son of Frank Paul, Jr. and Ida Helen (Unshelm) Preissle. Ed was baptized at an early age by the Rev. Jaeger in East St. Louis, Ill.
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 and Robert Edward Preissle; 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 on June 11, 1941, and was assigned to the 63rd Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Battery H, Ft. Bliss, Texas. 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, Wash., 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 on 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, Fla., 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 50 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.
Services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Evans Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors was 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo., under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Texas County Hospice of Care. Online condolences may be made to www.evansfh.com.