OBITUARY: World War II Veteran Edward Wayne Novak, 97, Passed Away Peacefully at Home

By  //  June 10, 2023

The Novak family moved to Melbourne in 1967

Edward Wayne Novak, 97, was called home by the Lord Saturday at his home. He passed peacefully with his daughter Barbara by his side. When he finished his Marines tour, Ed went into the Army in March 1947. He worked as a CID investigator with the rank of Staff Sergeant E7. Ed retired from the military after 23 years in 1967. The Novak family moved to Melbourne, Florida, in 1967, and he was employed by Harris as the Chief of Guards, loving his job there.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Edward Wayne Novak, 97, was called home by the Lord Saturday at his home. He passed peacefully with his daughter Barbara by his side.

Edward was born on April 25, 1926, in Traverse City, Michigan. He lived in Glen Arbor, Michigan, for most of his childhood and joined the Marines coming out of high school in August 1944.

When he finished his Marines tour, Ed went into the Army in March 1947. He worked as a CID investigator with the rank of Staff Sergeant E7. Ed retired from the military after 23 years in 1967. The Novak family moved to Melbourne, Florida, in 1967, and he was employed by Harris as the Chief of Guards, loving his job there.

Ed is survived by his sons: Earl, Michael, Ralph (Diana), and Roy, his daughter Barbara Carlson and daughter-in-law Stella Novak. Granddaughters: Jennifer Novak, Kimberly Novak (Rick Guajardo), and Aryal Novak. Grandsons: Eddie, Matthew and Dylan Novak. Great-grandchildren: Jack, Bianca, Oliver, and Evelyn. He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Novak, and his mother, Louise Buammier Novak.

His beautiful wife and soulmate Ingeburg Novak, sons Allan Novak and Thomas Novak, son-in-law Terry Carlson and daughter-in-law Karen Brown.
Ed was a retired military WWII Veteran.

He met his wife Ingeburg during the war while stationed in Germany. Ed traveled all over the world on his many military tours. Ed will be remembered for his love of life.

He cherished all his children, always making the time to be there for them. He wore so many hats and always loved life and being with family and friends. He loved watching boats and ships going in and out of the ports. While raising his children, he was a Scout Leader and a Little League Coach.

Ed always made his family’s basketball and baseball games in or out of town. He was always there cheering for his family and their team. He never missed a single game. Ed worked three jobs to make ends meet for his large family but never complained. He loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His hobbies were working with leather.

He always made his own belts and wallets for his family and friends.

He loved to travel, meet with family and old friends, and have ice cream in the park while watching “the doggies.”

Ed loved Daisy Mae, his son’s dog. He would always light up when she came by to visit. Ed is remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will be dearly missed.

“We miss you already. You have touched so many lives. While there is an ache in our hearts, we are thankful that he is again in the arms of his beloved wife Ingeburg,” says his family.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 9, 2023, at 11 a.m. with a visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, 1001 South Hickory Street, Melbourne, Florida, following the service, there will be a celebration of life at another location.

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