Ed passed to heaven at 95 on March 3, 2020 at 4:10 a.m.- his most anticipated joy for eternity. During his last days he was visited by his family and friends, and comforted by Julius, Andy and Joe, who were close friends right up through his last hours. He was lovingly cared for by many staff at the French Prairie facility for nearly a decade. My heartfelt thanks to Karla Hunt- Administrator, Viki Fisher, Jessica Ryan, Louise Connelly, Trisha Smith, Lynette Jordan, Felipa DeTorres, caregivers Donna Cole and Erna Irwin, and the countless nurses and aides that became like family to him. To each of you, much gratitude is expressed as you all made his life better, showing the full measure of kindness. Very special to his heart (which was big and full of ideas) was a love of the Blazers, the NBA, Molalla Buckaroos, St. Paul rodeo and Roy Rogers, as well as his love of our country, our President, the rule of law, the Constitution. But most important to him was his dear loving wife Verda - who made his face light up with joy and he held very dear his children, beloved sisters Zelma Ridderbush and Lena Schmidt, the only two left of eight siblings, and many dear nephews and nieces- all who he cherished and enjoyed. But his most firm enduring legacy was his love of the Lord, and his strong desire that all he knew or had just met, would come to know and see there is a God who loves them, and gave a perfect gift to pay for the rescue from the trials of earth, and reside eternally in heaven- be it near or far.
Ed was born March 27, 1924 in Lustre, Montana. He lived on a farm and loved it and worked hard. He loved cats and horses really all critters. He moved to Oregon in 1940, and went to Dallas High School and also Grace Bible Institute. He was drafted in 1943 during WWII to bootcamp at Camp Reynolds, Pennsylvania. He became seriously ill and was hospitalized at Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Upon his release from the hospital he was unable to go overseas and returned home to Dallas. He married Verda Mae Claussen on June 1, 1951 in Dallas, Oregon. They had two children, Jeanette Gardner (Steve) and Steve Janzen. He worked many volunteer jobs- police ride along, church usher, DAV and other VA groups such as VFW- all which he fully supported, respected and enjoyed, especially being the DAV Chaplain for 20+ years. He also was a property manager, school janitor and a delivery driver for a small business.
So, as we say a temporary so long to a good man, a loving honorable man, a funny smart man who loved his God, his country and his life: know this-- he is singing "Happy trails to you, until we meet again".
With utmost love and respect for my dad. From his daughter Jeanette