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Edward Franklin Shindle, 81

May 21, 2010

-MAY 19, 2010

KEY WEST, Fla. - Edward Franklin Shindle, beloved husband and best friend of Eulalia Toledo Shindle for the past 40 years, passed away peacefully at his home in Key West, Fla., on May 19, 2010. He was 81 years old. He has joined his parents Mary Shaffer and Merle Shindle, sisters Dorothy Lorraine Shindle Chambers and Joyce Shindle Gaberlavage, and brother-in-law Tony Gaberlavage in eternal rest.

Ed leaves behind his brother and close friend, Gerald Shindle of Williamsport, Md., and cousin, Barbara Barkdoo of State Line, Pa., who was like a sister to him.

Ed is also survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Edward F. Jr. and Jan Shindle, Alexander Keith and Rita Shindle, both of Tampa, Fla.; his daughter and son-in law, Deanna T. and Roger Edwards of Katy, Texas, and the mother of his children, Carmen Sanchez Shindle of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by his stepdaughter and son-in-law, Yvonne Diaz and Don Kindstrand of Naperville, Ill. A big part of Ed's life was his beautiful grandchildren, Jaime Watson Gardner and her husband John of Austin, Stephanie Edwards of Katy, and David Kindstrand and Lauren Kindstrand of Naperville. They all became the sunshine and joy of his life.

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He was fortunate to have a large loving family of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends throughout his years and cherished them all.

Edward was born in Mercersburg, Pa., and graduated from Greencastle High School before joining the United States Navy. He was stationed in Key West, and fell in love with it and remained a "Conch" for the past 60 years. He was honorably discharged from the Navy and went on to earn his AA from Florida Keys Jr. College and his BS and Masters in vocational rehabilitation from Florida International University.

He taught at Boca Chica Naval Air Station and retired after 30 years of Federal Civil Service. He and his wife "Lala" ran a successful business, Shindle Electronics in Key West, for many years before retiring.

Ed Shindle was a kind, thoughtful and loving husband, father and grandfather. He lived his life simply and honestly enjoying his family and friends. He will be missed by all who know him and welcomed home by all who went before him.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 22, 2010, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Visitation and rosary will be held between noon and 2 p.m. at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in the Key West City Cemetery.

The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with funeral arrangements.

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