After growing up with adversity on the farm, Dad left to make his way in the world. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 at the age of 18. He spent the majority of World War II in the Aleutian Islands. His military service continued in the reserves for a total of 42 years. He retired as a CW4 and was awarded the Legion of Merit.
Dad married L. Jean Robinson on Sept. 6, 1947. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Jean died in August 1997, just a couple of weeks short of their 50th anniversary. Dad was blessed with a second companion when he married Wendy McDougald on Oct. 6, 2000.
Dad had a varied professional life, but his first love was sales. He worked for Armco Steel, Remington Rand, Sperry, Salt Lake County, and he had his own office machine company. Whether as a job or just because he was the man he was, his was a life of service to his fellow man.
Ed is survived by his wife, Wendy, and his children: E. Brent (Joanne) Munson, Kearns, Utah, Robert G. (Robyn) Munson, West Jordan, Utah, Jeanine Moon, West Jordan, Utah, and Renae (Scott) Romney, Sandy, Utah. With his marriage to Wendy, he added two more to his list of kids: Eric “Mac” (Alberta) Nelson, Moab, Utah, and Stephanie Anderson, Seattle, Washington. Of his original family, he is survived by his two younger sisters, Helen Jephson, Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Lenore (Raymond) Jones, Ucon, Idaho. He leaves 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. The list of his “adopted” kids is too large to number. Once you met Dad, you were his friend and were treated as such.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Jean; and his three older brothers, Jack, Harold “Bud,” and Wayne.
As the Savior admonished to love and serve your fellowman, Dad lived this principle.
The family would especially like to thank the staff of the Canyonlands Care Center and Dad’s special nurse, Paula, for the exceptional care Dad received.
Services are as follows:
Viewing: Wednesday, July 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary, 386 North 100 West, Moab.
Service: Thursday July 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 240 Kane Creek Blvd., Moab.
Graveside Service: Friday, July 11, at 11 a.m. in Murray City Cemetery, 5490 S. Vine Street, Murray, Utah.
Celebration of Life for family and friends: Friday, July 11, at 2 p.m. at the Romney Home, 2611 E. Oak Grove Drive (11540 South), Sandy, Utah.
Dad loved kids. A donation to one of the children’s charities would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.