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PIELECH, Edmund Joseph Sr.
PIELECH, Edmund Joseph Sr. Died on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the age of 92 years, at Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills, Calif. He was born on September 6, 1920, in Yorkville, Ohio to Walter and Helen Pielech. In 1939, he graduated from Kline Memorial High School in Yorkville, where he played varsity football and baseball. At the age of 19 years, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp., September 10, 1940. After World War II had begun, Eddie was sent around the world arriving in North Africa. He was a member of the 315th Fighter Squadron - 324th Fighter Group. He was an airplane armorer stationed in Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, Corsica, France, Germany, and England. He became the personal crewmember to Col. Leonard C. Lydon, the Commanding Officer of the 324th. Everywhere Col. Lydon flew, Eddie accompanied him. He was honorably discharged as a Technical Sgt. on September 21, 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal, Good Conduct medal, Distinguished Unit Badge with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the European, African, and Middle Eastern Service medal with eight Bronze Stars, the Presidential Citation medal, and France awarded the 324th the Croix de Guerre medal for shooting down 100 German Me-109 war planes on April 18, 1943, called the Palm Sunday Massacre, which was featured in LIFE Magazine. After the service, Eddie attended trade school and played semi-pro baseball. In an exhibition game he was able to get a hit off the great pro pitcher Satchel Paige. His love of baseball and football was with him until he died. He married Stella C. Slusarcyk in Adena, Ohio on August 16, 1947. They moved to Tucson, Ariz., where he attended the University of Arizona majoring in mechanical engineering. He moved to Lancaster in 1953, where he began to work for Convair at Edwards Air Force Base. Working on the F-102 and F-106 airplanes. In 1956, the Atlas Missile Program took off transferring him and his family to various missile sites in Cheyenne, WY, Roswell, N.M., Altus, Okla., Fort Worth, Texas, San Diego, Calif., and then returning back to Lancaster in 1964. He began work for General Dynamics on the F-111 and F-16 Fighter planes, retiring after 30 years in February 1986. Eddie was a devout Catholic and 50 year member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he was an usher for many years and member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a life member of the VFW, American Legion and Disabled Veterans. He was preceded in death by his wife Stella, after 56 years of marriage, and his daughter Susan Pielech, in addition to his parents Walter and Helen, three sisters Virginia, Frances and Carrie, and his four brothers John, Joseph, Stanley, and Gabriel. Left to mourn him are his remaining children Patricia 'Patti' and husband Alan Slater, Nancy Hayes, Donna and husband Bud Kennon, Stephanie Pielech, and Edmund Pielech Jr., also his grandchildren Jennifer Slater- Sanchez and husband Danny Sanchez, Eric Slater and girlfriend Florence Roussotte, Kristin Kennon, Kyle Kennon, Elise Hayes, and Kelsie Dutra, and his great-grandchildren Jacob Sanchez and Gracie Sanchez and many nieces and nephews. Viewing will be at 6 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2013, at Mumaw Funeral Home with Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, burial to follow at Joshua Memorial Park. He will be laid to rest with military honors. Donations can be made to Disabled Veterans. Condolences can be emailed to the family at: patriciaeslater@aol.com

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