December 23, 2012 in Obituaries

Obituary: English, Edward S.

Age 91

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ENGLISH, Edward S. (Age 91) Ed passed away peacefully, from natural causes, December 3, 2012. He was born on February 21, 1921 in Spokane, Washington to Sylvester and Loretta English. He graduated from Wallace High School and the University of Idaho where he was president of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. In November of 1945 he married Virginia Young of Baker City, Oregon, the love of his life for 66 years. Ed served in the US Army in India and China. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal for meritorious service. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. Ed worked in the accounting and insurance business for most of his career. After retiring from the insurance business he worked as Deputy County Clerk for Spokane County before retiring in 1983. Virginia and he traveled extensively during retirement visiting China, Russia, Europe and many other destinations. Ed was extremely active in civic affairs. He was a member of the Spokane Camera Club, Elks Lodge of Wallace, Idaho, the Spokane Junior Chamber of Commerce, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish, and the Spokane Republican Party where he was very active and received many awards. He served as president of the University of Idaho Alumni Association and was awarded Father of the Year at the University of Idaho. Ed was also a member and officer for the Spokane Chapter of the China-Burma-India Veterans Association (CBI). Ed is survived by his two daughters; Susan Cahill and husband Barry of Mountain Home, Idaho and Elizabeth Erfurth and husband Steve of Eugene, Oregon. Seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive him. Dad will always be remembered for his bright smile and joyful personality. His wife Virginia preceded Ed in death. Ed and Virginia were married for 66 years. Dad will be greatly missed by the many friends he made over the years and most of all by his loving daughters, sons-in-laws, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A private family memorial was held. Please visit Ed’s online tribute at and leave a message of condolence. Arrangements have been entrusted to

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