Edward Naumann
Edward Naumann

Karen Naumann said she just wants to see her son's smile again.

"I keep waiting for his smile to come back into the door," she said. "All we live for is his smile. He just smiled like the world was the best place in the world to be."

Edward Naumann, 50, of Chanceford Township, died early Sunday morning outside a hunting camp he was visiting. He fell down a set of stairs, according to the Clinton County Coroner's Office.

He suffered head trauma and his death has been ruled accidental, the coroner's office said.

Naumann was walking down a set of steps either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning when he slipped, according to the coroner's office, which said the steps were slick from precipitation. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Made mom proud: Karen Naumann said her son was a happy person who had a passion for playing sports and coaching.

"I was just very, very proud of him," she said. "He was such a good man, and he was passing that on to (youths) -- how to be a good person."

Edward Naumann was a 1981 graduate of the York County School of Technology, where he lettered in baseball, basketball and football.

"Eddie was a great kid," said Rob Carusoe, the school's athletic director. "I coached him when he was playing football. He was the quarterback. He was a leader, coachable, never got in trouble. He was the kid anybody would like saying, 'That's my son.'"

Carusoe said Edward Naumann did a fine job coaching the school's softball team several years ago.


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Edward Naumann also held coaching positions at William Penn Senior High School, said Karen Naumann, who was the school's athletic department secretary at the time.

Enjoyed coaching: He was head coach for the junior varsity football team and a varsity quarterback coach, she said. He coached at the school in the early 1990s, according to Joe Chiodi, the school's athletic director.

"He enjoyed everything he did, had a great sense of humor, took things seriously and yet could handle all the situations that would come up while you're coaching," Chiodi said.

Edward Naumann loved working with kids and took time to listen to them, Chiodi added.

"He wanted to give back to them the knowledge that he acquired over the years," Chiodi said. "He was a great guy."

He was a salesman for Brewery Products.

Survivors: In addition to his wife, Susan Naumann, and parents Karen and Donald Naumann, he is survived by four sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Etzweiler Funeral Home, 1111 E. Market St. in York. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Olivia's House, 830 S. George St., York 17403. Olivia's House is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting grieving children.