Edmund T. Ortis
Received his calling from our Lord for heaven on Christmas Morning. What a blessed day it was. He is survived by his 3 children, Astara Leopold of McCloud, Dennis Ortis (Joyce) of Upland, and Deborah Armbruster (Keith) of Upland, 5 grandchildren, Dollynda Phelps (Kenai, Alaska), Christopher Armbruster (L.A.), Kimberly Sherman (Upland), Brandelyn Neal (Upland), and Harrison Ortis (Upland), 3 great-grandchildren, Travis Phelps, Madelyn Armbruster, and Emmy Armbruster. He is preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Anne Mae in 2006. Edmund was born in Russell, Kansas on March 21, 1916. His family left Kansas in 1935 and traveled north to find their home in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the early years, Edmund was very musically talented. He could play just about any instrument, but focused on the guitar and piano. He even had a 3 piece band in the thirties during the big band era. Music stayed with him throughout his life and often times his 3 children would join him, playing on various instruments or just singing along. For most of his career, Edmund worked for the Ladish Company in Wisconsin as a die sinker, making the tooling for large forging parts. His job became very important during the war years when the orders for many planes and bombers were contracted by the aerospace industry. Edmund's job was so critical he was deferred from World War II having the only federally indentured apprenticeship in the country. Edmund provided excellent quality work in a highly skilled trade, working within critical tolerances. He worked for Ladish for 28 years, until the warm sunny weather of California was calling, a dream of his and Anne's for over 10 years. In 1965, both Ed and Anne packed up everything they owned, including the three children, sold their house and moved to the wonderful, magical state of California. Settling first in San Jose, Edmund opened his own machine shop. It was very successful, and time proved that most of his business was coming from the southland. In 1966, the next move was to sunny southern California where they settled in Ontario. Their business continued, working and bidding on jobs for Lockheed, Boeing, Alcoa and other forging companies. In 1971, Edmund built the family's custom home in Upland, the third home he had built for his family in his lifetime. Here is where the family lived and loved, until his wife's death in 2006 when his last move was to the Claremont Manor in Claremont. He was an active member of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Pomona and a 42-year veteran of the Elks Lodge. Edmund loved life and enjoyed traveling. He and his family visited many countries around the world and just about every state in America, his favorite place to be. He wanted to make sure that his children, like himself, would grab every sweetness out of life they could. He would always say, "take life for a ride and get all that you can get." It will be a difficult task now for the family, for he unselfishly gave of himself and loved with all of his heart and he was loved and respected by so many. Forest Lawn, Covina Hills is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Dec. 28, 2013