Edward Brinker, 83, of Washington, passed away on September 27, 2019. Ed was born on August 3, 1936, in Washington, to the late Herbert Brinker and Hildegard (nee Frankenberg). On October 19, 1957, at St. Clare Catholic Church, Ed married his wife Donna (nee Grus). He was a member of the U.S. Air National Guard. For 42 years, he worked at Union Electric and retired as a construction supervisor. Ed was a life member of the Washington Boat Club; he was a member of the VFW, the Knights of Columbus, and the Hummingbird Club. Ed also volunteered his time at the St. Francis Borgia Food Pantry, and at Cedar Crest Manor. In his free time, he would tinker as a mechanic to repair cars. He loved to share his knowledge and skills, helping friends with anything they needed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Ralph “Pee Wee” Brinker, James Brinker, and Rita Whitworth; Brother-in-law, Gene Kosulic.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Brinker of Washington; children, Glenda Sullentrup of Crestwood, Jerome Brinker of Mesa, AZ, Deborah Albert and husband Jean Potvin of St. Jacob, IL, Mary Bante and husband Joseph of Webster Groves, and Thomas Brinker and Shelley Binkley of Columbia; siblings, Verna Kosulic, Lester and Alice Brinker, Donald “Duck” and wife Luella Brinker of New Haven, Harold and Diane “Tuddy” Brinker of Washington, and Herbert Jr. and Connie Brinker of Washington; grandchildren, Jeremy Sullentrup, Jane Sullentrup Stanley, John Albert V, Suzanne Albert, Henry Bante, Owen Bante; 7 great grandchildren; Siblings-in-law, Jeanette Brinker, Lorine Brinker, and Merald Whitworth; and other relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, from 4:00-8:00 pm at Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment will be held at St. Francis Borgia Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, St. Francis Borgia Church, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the American Heart Association.
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