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WELLMAN - Edward A. Vactha was born September 20, 1934 in New Hampton, Iowa, the son of George and Agnes (Schneberger) Vachta. He graduated from Rudofino Catholic High School in Protivin, Iowa, in 1953. Ed served in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean War. On September 12, 1965 Ed was united in marriage to Ethel Ford in Kirksville, Missouri. Ed worked at Buckwalter Motors for 32 years as an automobile technician, and owned and operated Glider Motor for 20 years, retiring in 2010. He was a member of the Charles Polton American Legion. He was a master mechanic and enjoyed going to auctions. Ed died on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at Parkview Manor in Wellman at the age of 85 years.
Ed is survived by his daughters: Doreen (Neil) Strabala of Hills, Susie (Dave) Henderson of Frytown; daughter-in-law Jeanne Koshetka of Wellman; 4 grandsons: Derek (Lindsey) VanDyke, Chris (Mandi) Henderson, Casey (Amy) Henderson, Kyle (Nicki) Koshetka; and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ethel, a son Norbert Koshetka, 2 sisters: Mildred Kolbert, Mary Jacoby; and a brother George Vachta, Jr.
There will be no services. A memorial fund has been established for Wellman Ambulance. The Powell Funeral Home in Wellman is caring for Ed and his family.
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