He joined the US Navy after high school serving from 1960-1964. After being a bartender for many years, he spent the majority of his life working for the Disabled American Veterans where he held multiple titles, including Commander. His work earned him a Sagamore of the Wabash award and was made a Kentucky Colonel by two separate Governors. He was a member of the American Legion Post #253 and the 40 & 8 Local #833. He was also a member of Masonic Orders: Eastern Star, Blue Lodge #418; York Rite Bodies, Franklin, Scottish Rite, Fort Wayne and was a Mizpah Shriner, Fort Wayne where he was in the Legion of Honor. He was also a naturalist who loved watching birds, enjoyed astronomy and was a member in good standing with several environmental groups.
He is survived by a daughter, Bonnie (Robert) Jordan of Muncie; two sons, Kevin (Brenda) McCorkle of Fort Wayne and Patrick McCorkle of Churubusco; and a grandson, Blade McCorkle.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ed’s name may be sent to the World Wildlife Federation or the Disabled American Vets.
Services will be held at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw on Saturday November 6, 2010 at 3 p.m. Calling hours will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel on Saturday, November 6, 2010.
Burial will be private.
McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw was in charge of the arrangements.