In the early morning of Monday, May 8, 2023, the Lord reached his loving hands out to his child, Edward Dee Aumiller, age 92 of Highland, IN, and lead him home after suffering a lengthy battle of dementia. With his loving wife and daughter by his side, he found eternal peace in heaven.
Edward, known as Dee by all who loved him, grew up in Hammond and Griffith Indiana, where he played football for Griffith High School and later joined the U.S. Army (82nd Airborne), stationed in Fayetteville, NC at Fort Bragg military base. He was a very proud paratrooper who served his country from 1949-1952. His stories during his time at Fort Bragg were often told with sparkle in his beautiful blue eyes, up until the day he passed. He longed daily to go back and visit the military base that held such wonderful memories for him. He would always tell us, “If I could jump out of a plane again, I would do it in a second.”
While in the military, a friend took him to his cousin’s house for a visit in High Point, NC. It was there he laid eyes on the most beautiful girl he had ever seen and told his friend, “I am going to marry that girl” before he even spoke to her. That lovely young lady turned out to be his devoted wife of 72 years, Verma (Williard). Verma, a preacher’s daughter, lead Dee to Jesus Christ where he was baptized in the Baptist church.
He became a Union plumber in 1953 and had four children shortly after. His first child (Deena Dale) was born in 1954, followed by Wendy Sue, Kevin Marshall and Jill Renee. Dee built his lifelong home in 1960 where shortly afterwards, he joined the Model A Restorers Club as one of 45 members in the NW Indiana area. His passion for vintage cars kept him busy when he wasn’t working and with each new vehicle he added to his collection, Verma cried another tear because her driveway had become a parking lot.
His life was simple but full. He loved nothing more than to make people laugh and play practical jokes on a regular basis. Fixing things and tinkering were also in his DNA. Traveling was another passion he possessed, whether it was driving the family across the country in an un-airconditioned car with a pull behind camper or enjoying a romantic cruise on the ocean with Verma, he enjoyed experiencing the wonders of God’s earth and sharing them with others.
To know him was to love him. His heart was bigger than life and he worked hard to provide a good, simple and clean life for his wife and children.
Animals held an enormous place in his heart. In his last few years, his grandpuppy senior rescue poodle, Magoo, would visit him regularly and boy did he look forward to those visits! He loved Magoo as much as Magoo loved him. They were a great comfort to each other.
Edward (Dee) is survived by his wife Verma and two daughers, Jill (Mark) Armenta and Wendy (Jeff) Miller. Granddaughters Kelly (Robin) Winslett, Amber (Paul) Kardosh, Sarah (Jason) Barcomb, Mindy Miller and eleven great grandchildren. He is also survived by his 97 year old sister, Arlene Schafer and her 101 year old husband, Wes Schafer.
Preceded in death by his children, Deena and Kevin and his brothers, Audrey Aumiller and Lee Aumiller.
Per his wishes, Dee was cremated at Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center with no services to be held.
For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Michael Kuiper-Vass by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at www.hillsidefhcares.com
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