Edward Michael Meehan, 88, of Wood River, passed away at 10:01 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
Born Oct. 17, 1926, in East St. Louis, he was the son of Edward M. and Helen E. (Dissett) Meehan.
He was a lifelong member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church (now Holy Angels Parish) in Wood River.
He graduated from high school early to serve in the U.S. Army in the Philippines in the final days of WWII.
Employed for five years at The Sporting News in St. Louis, in the advertising production department. He retired in 1982 after 30 years with Owens Illinois Glass Co., Service Department, Alton.
A Charter member of the Bonsai Society of Greater St. Louis, he attended the First International World Bonsai Convention in 1989 in Tokyo, Japan. He enjoyed the hobby so much that in the 1970s with help from wife, Jean, he started their business, Meehan’s Bonsai Supply.
He was a member of Wood River Eagles No. 2773 Aerie, since 2004.
Edward is survived by wife of 36 years, Mary Imogene (Jean) (Johnston Young).
Surviving also are a daughter, Kathryn (Warren) Holm; three sons, James Edward (Sue Ann) Meehan, Christopher Meehan and Michael (Bob McMurphy) Meehan; stepchildren, Philip (Grace [d2005]) Young, Catherine (Michael) Heaberlin, Carol Young, James (Janet) Young and Rose Young; grandchildren, Amanda Meehan, Sarah (Adam) Felling, Jeannette (Blaine) McElroy, Christopher and Reneé Young, Alanna Barrie, Andrew (Rhonda) Young, Danielle Norgaard; great-grandchildren, Anthony Barrie, Stephanie and Jason Kinner, Charlotte and Collin Young, Sydney Wallace, Daisy Jane Felling; and great-great grandchildren, Jacobi, Xander and Gabriel Kinner.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mary Maureen Schudel; a brother, James Walter Meehan; and a stepson, David Young.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Marks Mortuary in Wood River.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Wood River. Father James Flach will officiate.
Burial will be in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Marquette Catholic High School.