Edward P. Sadler Jr.
Edward P. Sadler Jr., 76,
died August 24, 2019, after a long struggle with multiple health issues. He was
born February 26, 1943 in Exeter, NH, the son of Edward and Gladys (Flanagan)
Sadler. On May 24, 1981, he married Carol Bowditch in Hampton, NH where they
resided until moving to Deerfield, NH, Spring Lake, MI, Grand Haven, MI and
ultimately to Fond du Lac, WI.
After graduation in 1961 from
Winnacunnet High School, Hampton, NH, Ed was employed by St. Johnsbury, VT
Trucking Co. as a driver and safety inspector. He also served as a police
officer and owned an electric company in Hampton, NH, followed by employment at
Hampton Machine Co. where his machine designs were heralded in 1980 at a press
conference in Gloversville, NY where he was introduced as “the man who single-handedly
brought the leather industry out of the Dark Ages and into the 20th
Ed was also employed by Dake
Corp. in Grand Haven, MI where he served as VP of Engineering before being
promoted to VP of Operations and eventually President. He and Carol then moved
to Fond du Lac, WI where he was President and eventual owner of Exeter Machine
Co. in Lomira.
In his younger days, Ed was
an avid sailor and race car enthusiast. He built engines for and raced
Supermodifieds, setting a speed record at the Thompson, CT racetrack that
wasn’t broken for 25 years. Ed was active in the United Methodist Churches in
NH, MI and WI, serving on various committees.
He is survived by his wife of
38 years, Carol; son Edward P. Sadler III (Susie) of Singapore; son Kevin
(Jaye) of FL; daughter Rebecca (Bob) of NH; step-daughter Laurie (Mark) of NH;
step-son Scott of HI; sister-in-law Barbara (Bob) of MA, 12 grandchildren and 3
great grandchildren. He was predeceased in death by his brother Donald (Toni)
and his sister Patricia, both of FL.
FUNERAL: A service of Celebration will be held on
September 21, 2019, 1:00pm at Covenant United Methodist Church, 20 N. Marr St.,
Fond du Lac, WI 54935, followed by a gathering of family and friends in
Fellowship Hall with beverages and a dessert buffet being served.
In lieu of flowers, donations
can be made in Ed’s memory to Covenant United Methodist Church.
Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel
& Crematory is serving the family, www.kurkimachfuneralchapel.com. 920-921-4420