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Edward Elmasian, born a century ago, passed away suddenly in Phoenix, AZ on June 26th, 2014 at the age of 100 years. He was the eldest of 5 children, born to Karakin and Azniv Elmasian who fled Armenia in the late 1890's to find a better life in America. His parents met here and in 1912, they married and settled in New Haven, CT where Ed was born. Ed graduated from New Haven High School and at the age of 21, he and his family moved to Detroit, where he went to work for Cadillac. He became interested in aviation, took up flying, a talent which grew and shaped his future. In 1942, just after Pearl Harbor, Ed joined the Navy, where his flying and mechanical skills were put to good use, serving his country with honor. A few years later, Ed returned to Detroit, joined the Methodist Church, met Donna and they married in 1952. That same year, he joined Lake Central Airlines as a pilot and they moved to San Antonio, TX. And after a few years, returned to Bloomfield Hills, MI. While back in Michigan, Ed worked for the next 30 years, taking on the most difficult flying assignments, willing and capable of handling the most challenging missions. Not only did he remain active in the Methodist Church, but became a Mason and Shriner, belonging to various Lodges both in Michigan and Arizona. Ed is survived by his wife, several nieces and nephews and many friends. Visitation will be held at Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ from 5-7 pm, Monday, July 7th. A funeral will be held at the First United Methodist Church, Missouri and Central in Phoenix, Tuesday, July 8th, at 1 pm, and interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of AZ, Wed., July 9th, 2014 at 9 am. His family suggests contributions be sent to the First United Methodist Church and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary is entrusted with these arrangements.
7601 E. Indian School Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 6, 2014