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Obituary for Dr. Edward Vendell Jr.

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Dr. Edward Vendell Jr.

August 11, 1932 - April 9, 2016

Dr. Edward Vendell Jr., of Ogden born August 11th 1932 to Edward Vendell Sr. (later Postmaster of Ogden) and Alice Alway, passed away on April 9, 2016.  Ed was; Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at Utah State University.

After earning an associate degree in Engineering at Weber State, Ed received his Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering and was the distinguished ME student in his graduating class at the University of Utah.  While at U of U he met and married Joan Maynard of Bellevue, Washington (whom he later divorced).  Ed went on to earn a Master’s in Mathematics from the U of U and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.  Ed and Joan raised their two daughters, Merialis Joslin (Bar Harbor, ME) and Karen (Dan) Rabin (Boulder, CO) to love the outdoors, value education, and to make the world a better place.  Ed was very proud of his grandchildren, Luke,  Erika, and Melissa.

Ed married the love of his life, Jeannie John (Vendell), in 1983, and they shared many decades together enjoying travel, friends, and family.  Jeannie’s children – Mike Newton (Beverly), John Newton (Linda), and Lynn Johnson (Roy) – quickly welcomed Ed into their lives, and he was “Grandpa Ed” to Jon, Scott, Melanie, Shon, Kyle, and Morgan, and great grandpa to Koby, Charlotte, Anderson, Grace, Liam, Nora, and two more on the way.

Ed will be dearly missed by all for his humor, friendship, knowledge, and compassion.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 11:00 am, at the Ogden First Presbyterian Church, 880-28th Street, Ogden, UT.  Family will meet friends 1 hour prior to the services.

If desired, donations can be sent to “Dr. Edward Vendell Memorial Fund”, USU Department of Engineering, 1490 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322/Attn: Val Potter.

Interment at:  Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park at a later date.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Ogden First Presbyterian Church


880 - 28th St., , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Family will meet friends one hour prior to Funeral Services at the church.

Service Information

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Time: 11:00 am -

Ogden First Presbyterian Church


880 - 28th St., , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Ogden First Presbyterian Church

880 – 28th St.

Ogden, UT

Family will meet with friend one hour prior to the Funeral Services.

Cemetery Information

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Interment will be at a later date.


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Born: August 11, 1932
Died: April 9, 2016

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Joan Smith, Adm. Secretary posted on 4/14/16

Jeannie, I am so sad to hear about Ed. I have often wondered how he was doing. The MAE Department was never the same after he and Dr. Holdredge retired. Ed was awesome. I remember how he could write on the blackboard clear down to the bottom of the board --he would go into some sort of contortions to use all of that boad. I loved to talk to him and hear what he was doing and what his plans were. I will miss so much -- and his students loved him.


Cindey Turner Page posted on 4/13/16

I am so sorry to hear about Ed and for the loss all of you had in his passing. I enjoyed the few chats Ed and I had together. I hope your memories help you with the times ahead.


John Wolfer posted on 4/13/16

We were shocked to hear of Ed's death. Really hard to believe. Condolences to the whole family, I wish I could be there for the memorial. Ed and I became really good friends in high school. We had a lot in common and I felt very close to him. We skied together a lot in snow basin and I believe we both used to catch a ride in the back of a McGregor's open dump truck on Harrison Blvd. Then we would race each other to be first on the lift. We were on the Ogden High School ski team and competed against SLC high school meets. In our last year we beat East High School for the "state championship". Over the years we "glodded" over the fact that we beat the guys who usually won the individual races. After high school we both headed for academic careers and he stayed in Utah and I went east. So we did not see each other much for many years. After we both retired Ed and Jeannie came to Wilson Wyoming and we celebrated his birthday. Ed was the closest thing to a brother for me... I will miss him forever!


Kay Moser posted on 4/13/16

We were sad to see Ed's obituary in the Herald Journal. We want to send our love and condolences to his family. We were lucky to know Ed for many years as he taught at USU. He was one of a kind. A great teacher and a great man. May his wife and family find peace and comfort at this time of sorrow. With love from Al and Kay Moser


Val Coles posted on 4/13/16

Jeannie, our family is so sorry to hear of your loss and offer out sincere condolences. The Val Coles family.


Margene millar posted on 4/12/16

He will be missed,I will remember all the good times we shared.