Ed Marroy passed away Sunday, March 17th, after a short illness. Ed was born May 31st, 1924, in Carbonado, Washington, to Edgar & Elizabeth Marroy. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Bellingham, the town Ed would call home for the rest of his life. His youth was spent in the company of "the J Street Gang", neighborhood boys who would become lifelong friends. They were the subject of many of Ed's famous stories, particularly the fully-functional wooden Ferris Wheel they built one summer during his teenage years. He graduated from Bellingham High School in 1942, and, soon after, enlisted in the Army Air Corps, where he trained to become a pilot. He was on track to earn his wings before a "disagreement" with his instructor forced a change of plans - Ed thought buzzing the airfield in a fighter plane was funny, his instructor did not. He quickly caught on as a gunner on "V-Grand", a B-24 Liberator, and flew over 50 missions out of Italy and North Africa. He was given an Honorable Discharge at the rank of staff sergeant in October of 1945, and, after spending a few months enjoying the jazz clubs of Los Angeles as the guest of an Army buddy, he returned home to attend the University of Washington. While at the U, he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and the Washington Social and Athletic Club. Following graduation, he returned home to Bellingham, and began a career in advertising. His time in Seattle helped cultivate his lifelong love of dancing to big band and swing music, and he spent most every weekend at one dance or another. It was at just such an event in Birch Bay that he met Verna King, who would prove to be his match both on the dance floor and in life. They were married July 7th, 1950, and were together until his passing. Following his retirement from the Bellingham Herald in 1979, Ed enjoyed traveling around Washington in his motor home. He picked up golf later in life, and spent countless summer mornings on the course with his playing partners Keith Swanson & Fred Elsethagen. He was a voracious reader, frequently finishing 5 or 6 books in a week, and was an active member of the Elks Lodge 194. He particularly loved spending time with his grandchildren. Ed was preceded in death by his parents and his half-brother, Stewart Hudson. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Verna; his two children, Shelley Korstad and Craig Marroy; and his two grandchildren, Sam and Molly Marroy. At his request, no services will be held. A private family memorial will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Peace Health St. Joseph's Cancer Center. (www.peacehealth.org)
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Mar. 24, 2013