INDEPENDENCE – Edwin E. "Ed" Armstead, 83, of Independence died Saturday morning, Nov. 16, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence.
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Ed was born on July 18, 1929, in Perry, the son of Earl and Grace (Jennings) Armstead. He graduated with the class of 1946 from the Perry High School. On Oct. 10, 1948 he was united into marriage to Juanita Nickel in Panora, they later divorced. On May 15, 1958 Ed was married to Mary Jean Kelm in Sioux Falls, S.D., she preceded him in death in 2003. On October 4, 2008 he married Betty Uthoff. Ed operated an Electrical Power Construction Company from 1957 until his retirement in 1999.
He was active in the Masonic Lodges, in Panora, Jesup, and Independence receiving 50 year member status, He served the Grand Lodge of Iowa 1984-85, 1992-93, 1995-96. Ed was also a member of the following, Eastern Star, White Shrine, Rotary Club, Oakwood Cemetery Association, Pioneer Cemetery Board, Independence Light and Power Company Board, Shysters Coffee, OES-Barthell Nursing Home in Decorah.
Ed was a good man who loved his family and his time as a gentleman farmer. He will be dearly missed.
Surviving is his wife Betty Uthoff, Independence; six children: Barbara (Mike) Miller, Lawrence, Kan., Duane (Linda) Armstead, Greenfield, Robert (Traci) Armstead, William (Deanna) Armstead, Berton (Linda) Armstead, and Brian Armstead, all of Independence; Step-children; Rick Uthoff, Maquoketa, Jeff Uthoff, Manila, Philippines, and Laurie Uthoff, Fredericksburg; thirty-five grandchildren; and thirty-four great grandchildren.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; wife Mary Jean in 2003; and a sister, Marguerite Weiss in 2005, and a daughter-in-law Tammy Armstead in 2002.
Memorial Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, Independence with Rev. Scott Meador officiating. Friends called for visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence, where a Masonic Service was held at 6:30 p.m.
For more information or to leave an on-line condolence please go to www.reifffuneralhome.com under obituaries.
Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory
216 3Rd Ave Se
Independence, IA 50644
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Nov. 18 to Dec. 7, 2013