W. Ed Mux, formerly Wallace E. Muschinske, age 89, of Merrill, died peacefully on Saturday, June 16, 2012, after a lengthy battle with leukemia.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Joan (Latzig) Muschinske, of Merrill; brother, Fred Muschinske, of Merrill; daughter, Jill Schmunk, husband Marty, of Merrill; son, Bruce Muschinske, wife Kathy, of Wausau; He is further survived by four grandsons, Matthew Schmunk, wife Melissa, with great-grandson, Linden, of Fairfax, VA, Luke Muschinske, wife Lindsay, of Madison, Jonathan Schmunk, of Wausau, and Nick Muschinske, of Madison. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Irene Gertrude (Gennrich) Muschinske.
After graduating Merrill High School, he attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In 1943, Ed was drafted and served in the United States Navy until the end of World War II. He enjoyed 35 years of employment with Wausau Paper – Brokaw, where he was a lab technician. Previously, he had worked at Wausau Iron Works, Drott Manufacturing, and was an airport manager in Crawfordville, Indiana.
Ed enjoyed flying and along with his brother, was one of the first people in Merrill to fly large scale model airplanes. He later became a certified flight instructor and helped many people obtain their pilots license. He enjoyed flying well into his early 80’s and was fortunate to survive several forced landings. He flew all types of small aircraft including factory-made, home-builts, gliders, seaplanes, and ultra-lights. After retirement, he became a foster-grandparent at the Lincoln Hills correctional facility. He and Joan enjoyed many summers on Madeline Island.
Ed has chosen cremation for his earthly body. The memorial service will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Merrill. The family will receive friends beginning at 9:30 A.M. Saturday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com