Edward “Edda” Soik, 88, Stevens Point, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Stevens Point, with the Rev. Thomas Lindner officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. There will be no visitation Friday.
A memorial will be established for Ministry Hospice.
Condolences may be offered online at shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Soik was born July 18, 1924, in Stevens Point, a son of the late Joseph and Maggie (Jakusz) Soik. He attended St. Stanislaus Elementary School and was a 1942 graduate of P.J. Jacobs High School.
He entered the U.S. Army on May 18, 1943 in Milwaukee. He served in Normandy, northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and central Europe in the gun crewman artillery. He earned the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 5 bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged Nov. 2, 1945 at Fort Knox, Ky.
He was married to Lorraine Firkus on March 2, 1946, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. She died in 2005.
The couple settled in Stevens Point and he began his career at the Nekoosa paper mill which later became Kimberly-Clark. He retired as a boiler engineer in 1986.
He was a past member of the Elks Club.
Survivors include three sons, Kenneth (Valerie), Anchorage, Alaska, Keith, Stevens Point, and Paul (Theresa), Middleton; two daughters, Deborah (Frank) Stone, Los Banos, Calif., and Carla Tesauro, Middleton; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Victor and Robert.