Edward Beckham East, Sr.

Posted: Thursday, August 05, 2010

Kenai resident Edward Beckham East, Sr., 84, died Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Services and burial will be held in Louisiana.

Mr. East Sr. was born Mar. 9, 1926 in Bessemer, Alabama. He graduated high school and attended college and technical schools. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until retiring in 1964. He then worked for the Federal Marshall Service from 1964 to 1986, when he retired. He was a licensed pilot and held and amateur radio license, "W4BJR."

"Weep not for this special man. He is at peace. Our lives he touched in many special ways. Take this with you, his love of God, country and family. Share his kindness with a stranger. Dad never met a stranger. Hold you loved ones as he held us. Dad traveled the world, defended his country, and made Alaska his home for a short while. He is missed. He loved his new family at Central Peninsula Hospital, Babe, Honey, Sugar, Med/Surg nurses, respiratory therapists and CNAs were this and more. He loved you all," his family said. "Remember his stories and his life. Weep not for this man for he is at peace now. Boogaloo, Koko and Lard A** miss you too. Love you."

Ed said, "I have traveled the world, been in the best hospitals, but never had better care anywhere than Central Peninsula Hospital."

Mr. East was preceded in death by his parents; sister; and sons, William East, Michael East and Jon Michael East.

He is survived by his wife, Merdis East, of Kenai; sons and daughters-in-law, Edward B. and Velinda East Jr. of Kenai and Patrick T. and Danny East, of Union Springs, Ala.; grandsons, Spencer K. East, of Reno, Nev., Collin East, of California, Kenneth Stephen and wife, Michelle, of Kenai, and Michael Fischer, of Sterling; granddaughter, Gabrielle East, of Louisiana; great-granddaughter, Grace "Boogaloo" Stephen, of Kenai; niece, Carol Hodge and husband, Jim, of Louisiana; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Johnny and Marie Abreo of Louisiana.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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