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Edward William Perdew

March 10, 1932 October 5, 2020
Edward William Perdew
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Edward William Perdew, age 88, of Harshaw, died on Monday, October 5, 2020 at Nu-Roc Nursing Home in Laona, WI. Edward was born in Henry, IL on March 10, 1932 to Charles and Dorothy(Kapraun)Perdew. After his schooling in Henry, IL he graduated high school in 1950 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served in the Korean War. During the Korean War Edward served on the ships that brought U.S. soldiers to and from the Korean beaches. On August 8, 1959 he married Janet(Morey) Perdew in Rhinelander, WI and they celebrated 61 years of marriage together. In 1963 he graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a B.S. degree in Journalism. After graduating from UW-Madison Edward and Janet moved to Sarasota, FL. In 1976 they decided to move back up north and settled in Harshaw, WI for the next 44 years.
After the move back to Harshaw Edward and Janet started a saw sharpening business out of their home. Edward would cut mostly oak trees from his own property, dry the wood and then sell it to the cabinet makers, woodworkers, and carvers. Edward was a good woodworker himself making many end tables, coffee tables, a dining room table, lamps, and many a candlestick on his wood lathe.
Edward was also very active in the community, he enjoyed deer hunting but also taught classes in hunter safety and boating safety for the DNR. He was a member of the Rhinelander Masonic Lodge and an assistant Boy Scout leader in Harshaw. Edward went on many scouting camp outs, one in particular in Key West, FL that was cut short due to a hurricane. He also served on the Rhinelander School Board and was known as the “picture person” because he would take paintings to the elementary schools and talk about the painting and the artist. One of the greatest times of Edwards life was the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in October of 2014, he enjoyed it so much that he returned a year later with his son Paul and his family for a whole week to revisit all of the sites. The two most important things in his life were his family and his faith, Edward was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Rhinelander.
Edward is survived by his wife Janet of Rhinelander, daughter Sharon Hull of Rhinelander, son Paul(Roxanne Hammer)Perdew of McFarland, WI, grandchildren Gavin and Cooper Perdew, and Tyler and Lucas Brummer, 9 great grandchildren nieces, nephews, other family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Harold and Eugene Perdew, and nephew Gary Perdew.
Edward was very proud of his children and all of their accomplishments. He will always be remembered by his grandsons as the “grandpa who taught them to shoot”.
A visitation for Edward will be held at the Carlson Funeral Home on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 9:00-11:00 AM. You may leave your private condolences for the Perdew Family at www.carlsonfh.com. The Carlson Funeral Home(715-369-1414) is handling the arrangements for the family.

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Visitation

Saturday

17

Oct

9:00 AM 10/17/2020 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 10/17/2020 11:00:00 AM
Carlson Funeral Service, Inc.

134 N. Stevens St.
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Carlson Funeral Service, Inc.
134 N. Stevens St. Rhinelander 54501 WI
United States

Graveside

Saturday

17

Oct

12:00 PM 10/17/2020 12:00:00 PM
Union Grove Cemetery

Harshaw, WI 54529

Union Grove Cemetery
Harshaw 54529 WI
United States
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