Edmund F. Dinsmore, Jr., 81, of Sturgis, MI, peacefully passed on April 14, 2023
surrounded by family.
Ed was born on January 24, 1942 in Baltimore, MD and raised in Lancaster, PA by his
late parents, Edmund F. Dinsmore and M. Evelyn (Herr) Dinsmore.
While attending Franklin and Marshall College, Ed met his wife, Barbara, on a blind date.
Luck was in their favor that night as they fell in love and built a marriage that sustained
and flourished for over 62 years.
With a can-do attitude and entrepreneurial spirit, Ed moved his young family to Sturgis,
MI in 1976 to embark on several business ventures. He most recently retired from his
successful role as General Manager of Micro Research Americas.
Ed had a passion for the game of soccer, officiating as a referee for high school,
college, and semi-professional matches. He was President of the Western Michigan
Soccer Referee Association and, after retiring as a referee, he was a US Soccer
Referee Evaluator. Bonded by their love of the game, Ed and several of his fellow
referees met monthly for lunch and philosophical debate at Martell’s- a meeting
affectionately known as the “Jedi Council.”
Not one to sit on the sidelines, Ed was involved in various community endeavors, some
of which included: SHS Booster Club, Kiwanis, Zoning Board of Appeals, Goodfellows
Program, and the St. Joseph County Conservation and Sportsman Club. He also
worked as his wife’s “right hand man” in the box office for the Sturgis Council of the Arts
from 1980-2008. Always up for an adventure whether by car or boat, Ed looked forward
to cruising the countryside on Saturday lunch dates with Barbara, boating on Lake
Michigan, sailing the Chesapeake Bay, and in his “Man Cave”, where he made certain
to have a nut for every bolt and a tool for every job.
More than anything, he had a fierce love for his family. He deeply cared for his wife, he
was ever-present with his children, and he was incredibly proud of all four of his
grandchildren, taking many opportunities to know and make known the family that he
loved. And to all who knew him, Ed cherished your friendship.
Ed is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara, children; Jon Dinsmore and Kristen
Dinsmore (Tom Webster) and four grandchildren; Claire (David) Ptashnik, Hugh
Dinsmore, Greer Dinsmore and Joseph Domanick.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Lynn Dinsmore, and his sweet dog,
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A private memorial will be
scheduled at a later date.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation, consider the Sturgis
High School Soccer Program. Donations may be sent to Sturgis High School Athletics,
216 Vinewood Avenue, Sturgis, MI 49091.
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