Edwin Joseph Newman

March 1, 1927December 14, 2017

Edwin Joseph Newman, 90, of Harrisonburg passed away on December 14, 2017. He was born on March 1, 1927 in Harrisonburg and was the son of the late Joseph and Effie Nesselrodt Newman.

Ed graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1948 and attended Madison College. In 1944, he was drafted directly out of high school into the US Army, 29th Division Company M. He received an honorable discharge in 1947 and joined the National Guard 29th Division Company C.

He was employed with Merck and Company for 36 years before retiring. He was a charter member and trustee of Victory Fellowship Church in Dayton. He was also a member of the Dayton American Legion Post #27 and a lifetime member of Harrisonburg B.P.O. E. #450.

On November 20, 1951 he married the former, Jean Williams, who survives.

Ed is also survived by his daughter, Susan Rodeffer; granddaughters, Danielle Rodeffer and Brianna Burton and husband, Ben; great-grandsons, Bryce and Brody Burton; brothers, Lou Newman and wife, Mary Rose, and Warren Newman and wife, Edith; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Virginia Lee Wise, Phyllis Lam, his twin sister, Eleanor Lam; and son-in-law, Willie Rodeffer.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 am, on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens with Pastor W. L. “Sonny” Henkel officiating. Military Rites will be by Dayton American Legion Post #27.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Victory Fellowship Church, P. O. Box 326 Dayton, VA 22821 or a favorite charity of choice.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, December 28, 2017


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Jim & Rita Wise

December 19, 2017

Jean our love and prayers are with you and Susan during this time. Ed was more a brother than an Uncle and he will be missed.

Pam Carter

December 18, 2017

Jean, Susan, Danielle and Brianna, I cannot tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Uncle Buddy was a wonderful man who definitely watched out for those he loved. I am sure he is in Heaven watching over you and smiling like he always did. May you find comfort and peace going forward.

December 18, 2017

Jean, I am so sorry to learn of Ed's passing. Randy always thought a lot of him and they had some good talks together. God's blessings be with you and your daughter through this ordeal. Love Bernice

Michelle Duncan

December 17, 2017

Ms. Newman,
I am deeply saddened to learn of Mr. Newman's passing. You were both great neighbors during my time on West Ave. I miss seeing you working in the yard and our chats. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. No words will ease your pain and loneliness. My hope is you'll remember the warmth of the love you're receiving from friends and family. Take Care and God Bless.