Edward “Eddie” Mendez, 83, of Fort Madison passed away on Monday, July 26, 2021 at 5:30 AM at his home.
He was born on June 9, 1938, in Ft. Madison to Vicente and Maria Fuentes Mendez. On September 29, 1962 he married Mary Vasquez in Ft. Madison. Eddie worked at Fruehauf for twenty years and then at Case where he retired after twenty years. Eddie was known for always being a hard worker so following retirement from Case he worked for the City of Ft. Madison and retired after seventeen years of service. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, the LULAC and served in the US Army. He loved playing the drums and was in a local band for several years. Eddie enjoyed being outdoors, helping others and especially loved dancing. He was an avid Dallas Cowboy and Boston Celtics fan. Eddie’s family was always first and he lived for Mary. He loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Mendez of Ft. Madison; two sons, Eddie (Laura) Mendez of Ft. Madison and Tony (Janie) Mendez of Ft. Madison; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; three brothers, Abie Mendez and Roger Mendez of Ft. Madison, Jerry Mendez of Livermore, CA; three sisters, Rufina Martinez and Sally Hernandez of Ft. Madison, Anna Luna of Galesburg, IL; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Eustolia and Carolina and four brothers, Aurelio, Lupe, Ruben and Johnny.
The funeral mass will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. James Flattery officiating. The family will meet with friends from 9-11 AM at the church. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery with military rites performed by the Fort Madison Honor Guard. Per his wishes, cremation has been entrusted to King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the LULAC and Lee County Hospice and online condolences may be left at www.kinglynk.com