Obituary of Harold Edminster
Harold K. Edminster, 84, of Bellingham WA, passed away unexpectedly on June 8th, 2017 with his two daughters by his side. He was born February 27, 1933 in Berlin WI, the third child of Paul & Gert (Appley) Edminster. Harold was a graduate of Omro High School. He enlisted in the Air Force in March 1952. On July 26, 1952 he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley J. Plotz in Wichita Falls TX. Upon being Honorably Discharged from the Air Force in 1956, he attended Oshkosh Technical School. After graduating, he went to work for AC Sparkplug in Milwaukee WI. In 1961 they moved back to Omro WI to work for his dad at Paul’s Garage which he eventually took over. During those years he was a Volunteer Fireman, along with Jerry Beck helped organize the first Snowmobile Club, and was a past president of the Omro Businessmen Association. After 9 months of training at the Mercury plant in 1973, he was transferred to Kirkland, WA as a Master Mechanic and was the Technical Representative for several states on the West coast until he retired in 1992. They moved to Whatcom County in 1996 to be closer to their daughters.
He enjoyed 25 years of retirement which included RVing, woodworking, fishing, genealogy, photography and following the Mariners. He never missed a grandchild’s activity and took great pleasure in family gatherings. Harold will be remembered for his quick wit, ability to fix or build anything, and how devoted he was to his loved ones.
Harold is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Shirley Jean Plotz; two daughters, Amy (Joe) Millman and Kay (John) Cruikshank; 4 grandchildren, Ryan (Kori) Millman, Jessica (fiance Jason Allen) Laura and Erin Cruikshank; siblings Phyllis (Ken) Ottman of Berlin, WI and Phillip (Sharon) Edminster of Spokane WA; eleven nieces and nephews and families. Preceding Harold in death are his parents Paul Benedict Edminster and Florence Gertrude Appley; in-laws Arthur & Helen (Hass) Plotz; brother Earl Edminster and sister and brother in-law Ruth & Harold Stang.
A graveside service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Harold’s name to your favorite charity.