Ed loved the game of golf. Ed loved being active in his community. Ed loved being involved in politics and was known for his love of his country. Frequently you would find Ed assisting our Veterans. Although Ed could not serve his country in the military due to only having one kidney, he was jealous of those who did serve and had a deep respect for each and every soldier.
Ed was a devoted family man; always making time for those he loved the most. He was extremely proud of his three children, Jason, Joe and Kate. When his children were younger, he could be found coaching their sports teams. Ed was instrumental in starting a local soccer league and throughout the year, he would ride his lawn tractor to the soccer fields to mow the grass allowing a good field for the kids to use for sports activities.
Later in life Ed found the joy of grandchildren. Ed could be found cheering his grandchildren on in everything they did, whether it be cheerleading, dance, playing football, soccer, piano, baseball, wrestling, or any other activity they chose, he was there as their biggest fan. When watching his grandchildren, Ed was also known to take along his pet zebra “spot.”
Ed’s accomplishments are too numerous to list, but a few include: the prestigious Sam Walton Business Leader award, 1999; USAO student appreciation award and USAO appreciation award for athletic support, 2001; Pride in Chickasha award, 1994; Duncan Chamber of Commerce Free Enterprise Award, 1994; and, Disabled Veterans appreciation award, 1994, 2006 and 2013.
Ed served on the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors from 1999 to 2001. He was appointed by Governor Frank Keating to the USAO Board of Trustees and served from 1998 to 2002. In 1994, Ed was inducted into the Duncan Athletics Hall of Fame.
Always the encourager, always the motivator, always the example for each of his family members, you would never hear Ed complain about his pain, about the disease that fought against him for over 30 years. Ed leaves behind a legacy that cannot be surpassed and will be missed deeply by his family.