Edward Joseph or E.J. Hines passed with peace and grace on May 23, 2016, with his family in his thoughts. As always, Ed did it his way.
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Born in Westwood, California on December 13, 1924, Ed was a Montanan, moving to Bozeman when he was four and living on Grand Street in the house his parents Anne and John Hines built. He graduated from Bozeman Senior High in 1942, where he was on the tennis team and from University of Montana in business in 1949. While he did attend MSU, he was a Grizzlies fan through and through. He also was a Sigma Chi member and throughout his life contributed to the "House." Ed was proud to have served his country as a member of the U.S. Army in the South Pacific.
In November 1949, Ed started as office manager with Commercial Credit in Butte, and then moved into banking, relocating to Bozeman in 1960. He became executive vice president of the First Security Bank, where he acquired a reputation for assisting people to realize their potential. He was on the board of directors for three banks and served as president of the Exchange Club and as a member of the Elks Club, the American Legion and Score. He particularly enjoyed Score, helping people find jobs and new opportunities.
Ed provided a strong example of how to live life through a commitment to his profession and his family. He married Margaret (Peg) Fisher and they had a very rich life together until her passing in 2003. He touched his four children Lynn Marie, Deborah Anne, John David (Siobhan) and Michael James (Robin) in many ways, exuding kindness and a simple joy in being around his family. This was particularly apparent when he was with his grandchildren Brendan (Deborah), Tara and Aran (John), Bryn, and Jack and Erik (Michael). Each was very special to him, as was his brother Jack.
Ed enjoyed life on many levels. He will always be remembered for his love of music - Frank Sinatra, Eddie Arnold and Mitch Miller. And for travel off the beaten path with Peg, his children and grandchildren; in the U.S. and farther afield to Tunisia, Albania, Cyprus, Nicaragua, Sicily, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico and Jamaica. These journeys all provided lasting memories and until the last moment, they brought a smile to his face. Whether searching for mushrooms, petrified wood, a new jeep trail or a good Italian restaurant, a sense of adventure surrounded all of Ed's outings. While rafting with his family, fly fishing with his sons and golfing were his passions, he even accompanied his daughter and wife cross-country skiing.
He especially enjoyed sharing time with his family and friends in his log cabin tucked away in the trees without a phone. Up until the last minute, playing cards with the family were a favorite pastime - Ed, always competitive but a good sport, wanted to win.
The family wished to thank Dr. Hiebert, Dr. Sobek and the hospice staff for their kindness and care. If you wish, donations may be made to commemorate Ed's love of animals - the Rapture Foundation, the Humane Society or the
. As per Ed's wishes, family and friends will celebrate a life well lived with a chicken barbeque at his beloved cabin this summer; to be scheduled when his poppies are in bloom and the grandchildren's trees are sprouting. Ed enjoyed his life and wanted to thank some of those that made this possible. He leaves us rich in memories.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 29, 2016