Edward Gordon Bjorkman (1926 - 2012)

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Edward Gordon Bjorkman was born on Dec. 13, 1926 in Mount Vernon, N.Y., to Ernest Godfrey and Anna Blomgren Bjorkman. He joined the U.S. Navy after graduation from High School in 1944. He served in the Philippine Island until the end of the War. He returned to New York, upon discharge from the Navy in 1946 and entered the "New York School of Modern Photography," to study Architectural Photography. Unable to find employment in that field Mr. Bjorkman joined a Development Company that sent him to a project in Washington D.C. where he met Ruth his wife of 61 years. In 1953 he reentered the Navy and served until retirement. Ed served in Vietnam and spent many years aboard the Carriers U.S.S. Saratoga and U.S.S. America. Ed retired off the Supply Ship U.S.S. Concord. Ed was a talented craftsman and an avid photographer. After retirement Ed and Ruth moved to Walton County and settled in the Alaqua area. Ed enjoyed participating in Arts and Crafts shows and often won best in show for his beautifully detailed and unique Nautical Dioramas. He showed at many local and regional shows over the years. Ed was raised in the Lutheran Church and he and Ruth remained in that Church until joining the First Presbyterian Church of DeFuniak Springs.
Mr. Bjorkman is preceded in death by his mother and father; his wife Ruth, and one special brother-in-law Ben Spears.
Mr. Bjorkman is survived by one daughter, Carole Richards and husband Dennis of Chipley; one son, Garry Bjorkman and wife Darla of DeFuniak Springs;, one sister, Jo Ann King of Tampa; two grandchildren, Amy Milenese and husband Frank, and Erin Ray; four great grandchildren, Katie, Brooke, Hannah, and Jacob, and two great great grandchildren Kason, and Ana Ruth.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church; 1063 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida with Pastor Michael Moore officiating followed by military honors. Burial followed at a later date in the family plot at Magnolia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Kids Closet at the First Presbyterian Church; 1063 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Aug. 29, 2012
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