Edward Julian Vanmoerkerque (1950 - 2017)

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Edward Julian Vanmoerkerque, 67, a proud father and veteran, died Saturday, September 2, 2017 in Augusta, GA and is now at rest with the Lord.

He leaves his wife of 5 years, Brenda Seago; his sister Helene Brien of RI; his son Alex (USMC) and wife Jackie (USN) of Coronado, CA and two children Aleksandra (5) and Elise (2); his son Karl-Christian and wife Amy of Chapel Hill, NC and two children Emma (8) and Claire (4); his step-daughter Sara and husband Jason Illig of Richmond, VA and two children Nash (6) and Corbin (5); his step-daughter Cary Seago-Blanton of Fairfax, VA; his step-son Cy Seago-Blanton of Richmond, VA; and many friends.

Edward was born 1950 in Woonsocket, RI. Raised a devoted Catholic - he felt called to serve the Lord and attended the Seminary. Due to world events, he left the Seminary and joined the United States Marine Corps. He played an integral role in Operation Dewey Canyon with Third Battalion Ninth Marines during the Vietnam War. Over the next 20 years, he continued to serve his country and the Marine Corps with dedication, commitment and pride and retired from service in 1988 as a Master Sergeant. His assignments following Vietnam included: MCLB Albany, GA; NAS South Weymouth, MA; HQMC in Arlington, VA as a Monitor; and Navy and Marine Forces Atlantic in England.

In the early 1970's Ed met the love of his life Ellen (Lee) Martin, a psychologist from Boston, MA and they exchanged vows during the holy sacrament of matrimony in 1973. In 1976 and 1977, Edward and Lee were blessed with their long-awaited sons Alex William and Karl-Christian. Over the next 20 years Ed and Lee lived life overseas, experienced many countries and cultures, living in England, Germany, and Iceland.

After serving his country, Ed continued to have a positive impact within the DOD and commercial interests overseas. Post-retirement from the Marine Corps, he served as a European Transaction Consultant for Nintendo, a Compliance Inspector for the U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force (UK); and as a Supply/Logistics Consultant for the U.S. Navy in Keflavik, Iceland. He was an active member of the Farmville, VA community, and his hometown after retirement. He was also an active member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church from 1998-2011.

As a widower, joy was brought back into Ed's life in 2011 when he met and wed Brenda Seago, current Professor and Director of Libraries, Augusta University. They moved to Evans, GA in 2012 and he remained active with veteran activities, book club, and observing nature and wildlife.

Ed was a published poet, was fluent in more than ten languages, and also played semi-professional hockey in both the United States and overseas. His family and friends brought laughter and love into his last years of life and he died a proud and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and Marine.

Friends and family will be received at Shorter Funeral Home in Farmville, VA on Sunday, September 10 from 6 -7:30 pm. Mass will be at St. Theresa's Catholic Church on Monday September 11 at 10 am, followed by a military honor ceremony at Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia. Donations may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society in memory of Master Sergeant Edward J. Vanmoerkerque.

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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Sept. 8, 2017
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