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Edward Schirm

Edward Lawrence "Ed" Schirm of Citrus Springs, Florida, was born October 20, 1963 in Creston, Iowa, to the proud parents Rev. Harold Edward & Lena Mae "Lea" (Weaklend) Schirm. He was welcomed home by his big sisters Suzanne and Kathryn. Four years later, little sister Sharon was born and completed the family.

Being a preachers kid meant Ed attended several schools over the years: Paton-Churdan, Winfield-Mt. Union and graduating from Beaman-Conrad-Liscomb High School in 1982. During high school, he was honored with his musical talents, going to All-State in both vocal and band. After high school, Ed attended both Cornell College in Mt. Vernon and Marshalltown Community College. While at Marshalltown Community College, he worked in the adult mentally challenged day care. He also worked at the Beaman Mini-Mart.

Ed enlisted in the US Navy with attachment to the US Marine Corp as a medic. He was referred to as "Doc". The military became his new family. With the Marines, he went to many "hot-spots", including the evacuation of Liberia, aiding in the evacuation of civilians. Ed served on the USS Austin and the USS Guam.

After 21 years of service, Ed retired to Florida. Upon his death, he was traveling cross country to see a Navy buddy. He pulled over to sleep at a rest area in Wyoming, didn't wake up, and was discovered on August 10, 2015.

He was preceded in death by his parents; older brother Gregory Joe Schirm; nephew Kelly Perry; 3 cousins; grandparents; and all his aunts and uncles.

Left to cherish his memory are three sisters Suzanne (Allen) Brown of Clearfield, Iowa, Kathryn Schirm of Citrus Springs, Florida, and Sharon (Mike) Perry of Virginia; nephews Joshua Perry of Virginia, Jonathan (Ashley) Perry of Citrus Springs, Florida; niece Patricia (Darren) Burris of Fries, Virginia; twin great nephews Carter and Colton Perry of Citrus Springs, Florida; cousins; his military family and friends.

A memorial fund has been established in his name.

A time of light refreshments and fellowship will follow at the St. Charles Parish Church.

  • Graveside Service

    August 22, 2015
    2:00 PM

    St. Charles Cemetery

    St. Charles, IA

  • Light Refreshments & Fellowship

    August 22, 2015
    2:45 PM

    St. Charles Parish Church

    St. Charles, IA

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So very sorry for your loss. I was with the Patriot Guard that brought him to the cemetery. He was very highly spoken of. Sending prayers!

Posted by Pamela Horn - None   August 22, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Suzanne, Kathy and Sharon,
Please know I am keeping you all in my thoughts now and for the days ahead. Ed has left quite a legacy behind especially his many years of service to our country!
I am so glad to have been in contact with him via facebook after so many years passing since he was at WMU, many fond memories of those school days.

Im so sorry I wont be able to attend his services but will be keeping you all close in thought and pray you are surrounded with peace and comfort.

With my sympathy,
Susan Beard
WMU Class of 1984

Posted by Susan Beard - Washington, MO   August 17, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

May God receive your soul and may your memory on earth be blessed. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate. May your slumber be blessed.

Posted by Thomas Keith - cheraw, SC - Shipmate   August 14, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM