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'Fast Eddie' dies in accident

Leaves instructions to "celebrate and have a great time"

Edward C. "Fast Eddie" Soistman, 91, of St. John Lutheran Church, Winter Park, Fla., was killed in a car accident Aug. 16 on his way to visit a member in the hospital.

He was featured in The Lutheran article "Meet 'Fast Eddie': He'll give you cookies, communion and a $2 bill" (February 2010).

Until his retirement in 2009, he was the oldest active associate in ministry on ELCA records.

In an envelope Soistman had left to be opened after his death were the instructions: "Celebrate and have a great time."


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