Edward 'Eddie' Norbert BindlJun 10, 2014 Staff
Edward "Eddie" Norbert Bindl died Friday, June 6, 2014, after a short illness in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, surrounded by family and loved ones. He was 69 years old.
Viewing will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the American Legion Home in Fort Bridger. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 12, at Fort Bridger Cemetery, and a luncheon will follow at the American Legion Home.
Edward Norbert Bindl was born June 13, 1944, in Carter, the son of Norbert and Marian Bindl. He attended Mountain View Junior and Senior High School in Carter, where he participated in wrestling and advanced to district and state competitions where he took first place in his weight class.
In 1963, he married Donna Fenus Bindl in Fort Bridger, and they had three children: Cindy Elizabeth, who died at birth in 1964, Edward Norbert Jr. and Deborah Lynne.
The family spent its early years living in Lander while Mr. Bindl was employed with U.S. Steel at the South Pass mine.
While in Lander, Mr. Bindl was also a volunteer for the Lander Fire Department. He was captain for the rescue team and served in various officer positions during this time.
He and his wife eventually divorced.
In 1990, after the U.S. Steel mine closed, Mr. Bindl moved to Elko, Nev., where he worked for Newmont Gold Mine. He received several outstanding work performance awards while at both U.S. Steel and Newmont Gold.
While in Elko, Nev., he met Claudia Shane, whom he would later marry. In 2006, they moved to Post Falls, Idaho, where they spent their retirement years with family and friends.
His family said they remembered when "Uncle Eddie" would pass out dimes to the children, then take a trip to the Lander Dairy Queen where they would get Dilly Bars and return to his backyard to watch the local drive-in movie. They said many would recognize him by his laugh, his sense of humor and his wit. He was known as the neighborhood fix-it man. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, camping, rock hunting and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Claudia Bindl, of Post Falls, Idaho; sisters Bonnie Dahlquist of Pocatello, Idaho, and Nancy Scholz of Raeford, N.C.; stepbrother Ray "Butch" Irving of Lander; daughter Deborah Lynne Darr (Thomas) of Mountain View; stepdaughters Tonirae White of Post Falls, Idaho, and Debra Lynn Woodworth of Boise, Idaho; and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather William Irving; siblings Ronald, Halley and Louis Bindl; and son Edward Jr.
In lieu of flowers, the family that donations be made to local emergency services agencies.