Edward D. Lurton, 90, of Glen Carbon and formerly of Granite City, Illinois, passed away at 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City. He was born August 26, 1922, in Tuscumbia, Missouri, the son of the late Joseph A. and Mary O. (Shelton) Lurton. He married Mary Lee (Nichols) Lurton on May 11, 1946, at Central Christian Church in Granite City, and she survives.
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He retired as a comptroller in 1977 from the Department of Defense after over 35 years of dedicated Civil Service. He also retired in 2012 from Arnette Pattern Company in Granite City with 35 years of dedicated service as the office manager and bookkeeper. The United States Navy veteran proudly served his country during World War II. He was a dedicated and faithful member of Central Christian Church in Granite City and was active with Meridian Village where he and his wife reside. He was also a member of the Granite City Elks Lodge #1063 and was intrigued with all the new electronic gadgets. He enjoyed his days of fishing, bowling and golfing and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife of over 66 years, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Jean Messick of Granite City and Connie and Gary Zimmer of Glen Carbon; three granddaughters, Mary Beth and husband Chris Alexander, Katie Cooper and Maggi Zimmer; two great grandsons, Andrew and Patrick Alexander; other extended family and many friends.
In addition to his beloved parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Lou Skinner and Bonnie Luckert.
In celebration of his life, a visitation will be at the Meridian Village Chapel in Glen Carbon on Friday, February 8, 2013, from 10 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11:00 a.m. with Chaplain Brad Thomas officiating. Another visitation will be held at Central Christian Church in Granite City on Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Randy Vollmar officiating.
Memorials may be made to Central Christian Church or Disabled American Veterans. www.irwinchapel.com
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2013