Edward Paul Priebe

Edward P. Priebe, of Springhill retirement community, died Monday, November 5, 2012 of complications of leukemia. His survival over 25 years with bone marrow disease was exceptional. He fought to be active until it became physically impossible. Edward was born June 5, 1929, son of the late Jesse Jerome Priebe and Myra (Miller) Priebe, in Cleveland, Ohio. A sister, Myra Jean Chabek and a brother, Richard Alan Priebe, also died previously. His wife of 40 years, Florence (Dolly) Murphy Priebe survives. Ed was a man of things and abstract ideas, while Dolly is much better with people. He said of her that she was the best thing that ever happened to him. Ed is further survived by sons, Stephen of Corvallis, Oregon, Jonathan (Lisa Baumgardner) of Harborcreek, Eric (Lynette) of Oakmont, Pa. Also a daughter, Susan Spallino (James) of Rocky River, Ohio; one step-daughter, Kelly (Tuckman) Ford (Gary) of Waterford, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Ed attended public schools in Cleveland. He attended Fenn College and received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University in 1953. He worked his way through. He was a member of Theta Tau engineering fraternity and Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi honoraries. He received a Master of Electrical Engineering from Penn State in 1965. He completed Officer Candidate School in the U.S. Navy, and served four years in shipbuilding and repair and many years in the Navy Reserve. Ed worked 36 years at General Electric. He taught in the GE Night School and graduate classes at Behrend. He held several patents and management awards for outstanding achievements. He worked as a Consultant for other firms after retirement from GE. Ed was a Senior Life member of the Institute of Electrical Engineering, headed a working group on industry Standards and carried that work as US representative to the International Electrotechnical Commission. He traveled widely for work and education. He served several terms as President of GE's Griswold Club. He served 25 years on the North East Township Planning Commission, writing it's first Zoning Ordinance. He was a registered professional engineer in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Ed lived in North East Township over 54 years. He was a member of Park United Methodist Church for 53 years, serving in various positions. He was a member and Past Master of North East Lodge #399, F&AM, currently serving as treasurer. He served ten years as District Chairman of Masonic Education. He belonged to the Scottish Rite and York Bodies and Shrine. Ed sang with the Erie Philharmonic Chorus and Symphonic Singers, church and Scottish Rite Choirs and was deeply involved in classical religious music. Ed and Dolly loved to travel and visited 27 countries and five continents. Ed especially enjoyed skiing and gardening. Friends will be received at the W. Tad Bowers Funeral Home, 92 S. Lake St., North East on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend funeral services on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Park United Methodist Church, 30 N. Lake St., North East. Rev. Dr. Mark E. Hecht, pastor of Park United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will be in North East Cemetery. North East Lodge # 399 F&AM will conduct Masonic Services at the funeral home on Friday evening at 7 p.m. Special thanks to those who give blood that others may live. To send condolences, please visit www.bowersfuneralhome.com. Memorials in Ed's memory may be made to the .

Funeral Home

Bowers Funeral Home
92 South Lake Street North East, PA 16428

Published in the Erie Times-News on Nov. 8, 2012