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Robert Edwin Ealey

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2000

Kasilof resident Robert Edwin Ealey died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, near his home. He was 79.

At his request, there will be no services.

Mr. Ealey was born Dec. 9, 1920, in Hudson, Colo. He graduated from high school.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945, obtaining the rank of captain.

He was a fighter pilot in the air offensive over Europe and Normandy during World War II. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters.

Mr. Ealey worked for the state of Colorado Division of Highways as a snowplow operator in the Wolf Creek and Cascade areas. He retired from the state of Colorado in 1979.

He moved to Kasilof in 1985.

Mr. Ealey's hobbies included baking his own bread. His family said he cleared snow better than anyone.

"Bob came to Alaska to help and be near the wife and son of his deceased son Steven. Bob was a wonderful friend and grandfather to his daughter-in-law and grandson.

"He will be forever missed by all. He was a great and honorable man," the family wrote.

Mr. Ealey is survived by his son, Mark Ealey, of Phoenix, Ariz.; former daughter-in-law, Linda Wright, and husband, Seth, of Kasilof; grandson, Jesse Burnham, of Kasilof; and his brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Aileen Ealey, of La Jara, Colo.

Mr. Ealey was preceded in death by his sons Michael and Steven Ealey of Durango, Colo.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.



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