Edward Lynch

Edward Lynch

MADISON- Edward Lynch, a lifelong resident of Madison, died peacefully with his family at his side, on September 11, 2013 at Oakwood Village, Hebron Oaks Nursing Home in Madison.

Ed was born on December 18, 1916 to Thomas and Agnes (Grattan) Lynch, the middle of eleven children. He attended St. Bernard’s grade school and Madison East High School.

Ed signed up for the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934 and was stationed at Whitnall Park in Hales Corner. He was very proud of his time in the CCC and got a chance to visit the park several years ago and share some of his fond memories. As a young man, Ed worked for the Gisholt Company, the Madison Fire Department and Ritchie Heating Company, where he learned the heating and sheet metal trade. Ed eventually started his own business and ran his own heating and sheet metal business in Madison for over 40 years. He continued to provide service and accompanying conversation to some of his long-standing customers until he was well into his seventies.

Ed married Doris Morrison on May 23, 1940. They had a wonderful life together until Doris died in 2003. They enjoyed dancing, laughing, playing cards and traveling but, more than anything, they treasured time spent with family and friends. Ed and Doris loved their family dearly and they were immensely proud of each and every one of them. They were always there to support their children and grand-children spending countless hours babysitting grandchildren, attending sporting and school events and helping with home repair projects at their kid’s homes. One of Ed’s great loves was cooking for his family and anyone else that came to visit. He took special delight in preparing Holiday feasts for the family. Ed was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Madison and was also a very active member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 531, serving as the Council’s unofficial “Chef in Residence” for many years. He would prepare the meals for many KC functions and took great pleasure in providing a good hearty meal for everyone.

Ed is survived by his children, Pat (Jennifer) Lynch, Dan (Carla) Lynch, Tim Lynch, Mick (Judy) Lynch, Peggy McCullough, Larry (Lynn) Lynch, grandchildren Beth Lynch, Dinah Jelinek, Dan Lynch, Jason Lynch, Jeff Lynch, Kelly Bast, Ryan McCullough, Sean McCullough, Cory McCullough, Tony Lynch, Paul Lynch and Meghan Lynch, 13 great-grandchildren, one sister, Irene Schmitz, and many nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Doris, his parents, Thomas and Agnes, nine of his siblings, Sally (Uphoff), Delia (Williams), Sister Agnes Lynch, John, Thomas, Lawrence, George, Philip and Leroy.

Ed was a humble, good hearted and generous man. Above all, he was an outstanding husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He was a great example and mentor to his children, showing them how to live life fully while treating people fairly and with respect. He truly tried to live by the adage of treating people the way you would like to be treated and it generally worked out for him as he was well liked by most everyone that he met. He will be missed but many happy memories will live on.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oakwood Village – Tabor Oaks and Hebron Oaks – for the kind and respectful treatment they provided Ed over the past several years. It was always comforting to know that he was well cared for and comfortable. They also would like to thank the staff at Agrace HospiceCare of Madison for their gentle care and valuable advice over the finals weeks of Ed’s life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 16, 2013, at ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC CHURCH, 404 E. Main St., with Msgr. Kevin Holmes presiding.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Rd., and from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass at church on Monday.

In lieu of flowers and other donations, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Oakwood Foundation – Continuing Care Endowment, 6201 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI 53705.