Edward L. Van Nordheim, of Wilmington, died Aug. 14, 2015, after a lengthy illness. He was 89.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bessie and John G. Van Nordheim, of Hastings, Nebraska. Edward was born April 15, 1926, in Hastings, Nebraska. During his years in high school, he participated in sports. He especially excelled in baseball, which he later played professionally for the Chicago Cubs. His name appears in the American Legion Hall of Fame in Lincoln, Nebraska.
In 1944, Ed was drafted and proudly served our country during World War II in the South Pacific Theater, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. After the war, Ed continued playing baseball. He was sent to New York, Tennessee and finally Lumberton where he met his wife, Anne Warwick.
Ed worked for Johnson & Johnson as a pharmaceutical rep. In 1958, he was transferred to the J & J plant in Mexico City, Mexico where he became president and general manager. After 23 years with J & J, Ed retired and moved his family to Wilmington.
During his years of retirement, he enjoyed playing golf, fishing and hunting. He was also a member of Cape Fear Presbyterian Church, where he taught adult Sunday school for 27 years. He served as an elder and on various committees in the church and for presbytery. Ed was also a member of the American Legion Post 10 where he served as chaplain.
Edward is survived by his children, Sharon Van Nordheim (Alberto), John Van Nordheim (Lydia) and Melanie Austin (Shawn), all of San Antonio; grandchildren, Diego Lopez, Benjamin Lopez, Jessica Lopez, Paola Araux, Christian Van Nordheim, John Van Nordheim Jr., Lucas Austin and Allie Austin; and nine great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at Cape Fear Presbyterian Church, with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will follow the service at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or Cape Fear Presbyterian Church, 2606 Newkirk Ave., Wilmington, NC 28412.
The family would like to thank Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their dedication, care and compassion.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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