Edward E. Kaduk

Born: Fri., Sep. 6, 1918
Died: Wed., Jun. 4, 2014

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Fri., Jun. 06, 2014
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Edward E. Kaduk

Sept. 6, 1918 – June 4, 2014


Edward E. Kaduk – a resident of Pendleton passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at his home.   He was 95 years old.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, June 6, 2014, at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pendleton.  Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.  

Ed Kaduk was born in Gates PA.  He spent his youth in the tiny mining town of Palmer (Ada post office), on the Monongahela river near the southern border of Pennsylvania.  His father was a blacksmith in a coal mine, and was born in Slovakia.  Dad had two half brothers - Louis and Joseph - born in Slovakia (The family village was Zborov).  Joseph’s first wife died in Slovakia.  He moved to the US in 1917, and remarried to Mary Hudak.  Dad born here, along with his brother Albert.

The family moved to Cleveland when Dad was 10 years old.  His grandfather died, and the family had to move out of company housing.  He graduated from East Tech HS in Cleveland in 1937, and then worked for General Electric.  His WWII Army service was in the 11th Weather Squadron unit (corporal), Shemya, Aleutian Islands.  After that, Dad always kept meticulous weather records.  He went to Case Institute of Technology on the GI Bill, and earned a BS Chem. Eng. In Jan. 1950.  He then went back to GE, and spent the rest of career in the Large Lamp Engineering Division, doing R&D on phosphors for fluorescent and copy lamps, as well as TV screens.  He was essentially a solid state inorganic chemist.  He had 15 internal patent disclosures, and 6 issued US patents; some of them were cited > 20 times.  He met Mom at GE.

He was known among colleagues as hard worker, and as a “go to guy” for solving problems.  He received several GE awards as part of teams.  Although he had “only” a BS, he was part of the professional staff.  His experience and expertise led him to be considered equal to PhD colleagues.  I don’t think he ever regretted not having an advanced degree, but he sure was pleased with all the graduate students in family.

Dad was a handy tinkerer.  He was good at analyzing problems and solving them.  I don’t recall him hiring tradesmen to repair things around the house, except for the furnace. An example of his work was tuck-pointing the brick 3-storey house when he was about 70.  Most, but not all, of the projects went well and lasted for decades.  There was the flaming squirrel in the chimney...  He worked not just for us, but for family, friends, and neighbors.  He was a generous man.

Although he was a bowler, his real passion was golf.  Even when he was working, he played > 72 holes/week.  He played all year round in Cleveland (as long as the ground was clear), and in the early morning darkness by ear.  He played mainly at Orchard Hills CC in Chesterland OH, and at Echo Hills CC here.  After windstorms, he would go out to the course and help clean up with his chain saw.  Mom was worried about him out there by himself, so started to walk the course with him.  She, of course, was the one to find a patch of ice, and fall between the 4th and fifth holes.  Dad’s tinkering and golf led to a side business making and repairing golf clubs, and he met lots of people that way.  He played mainly with colleagues from work, but also a small group of guys he met at Orchard Hills.  Most of the time he was the best player in the group, and his friends admired him for that.  He played until he was 90.

Dad had 8 holes-in-one.  It seems ironic that his first was at Lake Sunapee CC in New Hampshire at Gordon Conference in 1971.  He had 6 more at Orchard Hills from 1981-1991, and one at Echo Hills 1991.  His friends gave him an Orchard Hills tee marker on moving to Pendleton in 1992.

Dad liked a regular routine.  His brother Al says that even when young he was known as “Steady Eddie”.  He was not just regular, but dependable.

Mom and Dad were married for almost 63 years, and their great love was easy to see.  They depended on each other a great deal, and their tenderness grew with the years.

Dad was not particularly musical himself (though did sing in church.  He encouraged us to play accordion and organ, but I don’t remember him ever playing. 

In high school, I was the sacristan.  During my senior year the chaplain asked “why are you a good kid?”  This was a tough question to answer; it never occurred to me to not be.  My conclusion was that I had good examples in my parents.  Dad lived well and quietly, and led by example.  He was a good mentor.

Jim Kaduk


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Kim Ashbeck Schwab
   Posted Thu June 05, 2014
TK and family- my thoughts are with you and your famiy-I know what an important part of your life your parents were to you--as hard as it to loose a parent, I am sure that them moving to Pendleton so many years ago leaves you with lots of wonderful memories-

Mary Ann Kaduk
   Posted Fri June 06, 2014
I am so grateful for the time I had with my dad on my recent visit. We shared a lot of tears and laughter. He was an amazing 95 year old!!

Alyssa Hanson
   Posted Fri June 06, 2014
Akira and I said a prayer to give you and your family peace. Love you so much!!! You know where to find me:)) love--lys

Jean Kaduk-Gallagher
   Posted Fri June 06, 2014
My Dad was a kind, gentle and patient man. I remember when my mother told us 3 girls to go help my Dad. I would think how could I possibly help my Dad , as he knew how to fix everything. He would have us fetch a Philips screwdriver or hold a chair he was rebuilding or steady a ladder he was on.
Outdoors we helped him with the yardwork or I recall the time he was cutting down the large oak tree in the backyard. He had cut a wedge in the side of the trunk and tied a rope around it and we all got to pull it down. Then he sawed the trunk into logs which we carried into the garage and stacked them up for burning in the winter months.
He patiently taught us how to bowl, to putt on the green he made in our backyard.
I have fond memories of seeing him kneeling at the end of the bed saying a rosary as I went to bed at night.
I was able to play a round of golf a few years back in Pendleton with my Dad. He made it so easy and smooth for me and my husband,Tom. That was a special day.
I will miss him and hope that I can carry on with the Kaduk lifestyle
Love- Jean and Tom in Palm Desert,CA

Joe Firment
   Posted Fri June 06, 2014
Sorry to learn about Ed. Have talked about him many times and remembered the good times and fun we had growing up. He will be dearly remembered in my prayers

shirley delong
   Posted Fri June 06, 2014
i remember the day Ed and Pat came over and told my mother and me that they were moving to OR. what a shock that was!!! after my dad died, Ed was our " go to" nephew for home repairs. i will remember him in my prayers and think of all the good memories we have. God Bless

Anne Kaduk
   Posted Fri June 06, 2014
I am grateful for Grandpa's wonderful example of how to live a good life and that Peter and I got to see him one last time a few weeks ago. Our thoughts are with you!

Cathy Kaduk
   Posted Fri June 06, 2014
Every visit to be with family, I noticed the joyful nature of my father-in-law. Peaceful and pleasant days included ordinary events made special by being together, as well as milestones like the birth of a baby. All were filled with pleasant excitement.

Edward Kaduk’s curiousity about the world and how things work came out in the questions he asked, showing his interest in learning. He would use what he learned to make improvements on a situation, perhaps crafting parts from everyday materials to make repairs. He would renew the life in things like kitchen knives, golf clubs, or shelving that needed to fit new sized electronics. These seemed to interesting puzzles for him. I think one of the times he seemed most pleased was in Lyndhurst, when he was climbing a tree to cut off a branch. He had been analyzing and re-analyzing just how to do it, in order to be most appropriate (and not get hurt). Jim was there to help, and I was an observer. I also remember Jim’s mother looking a little more anxious about the whole event, and being quite relieved when he came down from the tree.

His affection for his family poured out in his efforts on their behalf, and his reverence and honor for our Creator and the world He created was ever present. These memories inspire, and provide example as we continue on our journey. May God’s peace and blessings be evident at this time of transition.

Cathy Kaduk

James Klima
   Posted Sun June 08, 2014
I am sorry to hear about Uncle Ed,I have not seen him in years,used to love to visit him and Aunt Pat and my cousins. I know how much it hurts to lose a father . I didn't find out till today Sunday. I have fond memories of him,he custom made a set of golf clubs for my daughter Victoria and he was talented. To Aunt Pat and Jim,Maryanne,Jeanie,Theresa my prayers to you all ,I'm sorry I didn't get there.

   Posted Tue June 10, 2014

Jerry McConaughy and Mary Ann Kaduk-McConaughy
   Posted Fri June 13, 2014
Jerry and I are both deeply saddened by my dad's passing yet grateful that his suffering is now over. We miss him dearly. He and my mom never made it to Hawaii for a visit yet my Dad never let Jerry forget that he moved one of his daughters so far away!
We so appreciated dad's golf expertise and our son Tanner enjoyed playing with him at Echo when some of us visited for dad's 90th birthday.
Great memories! That's what we will hold on to!
Aloha Nui Loa Dad!
Mary Ann and Jerry

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