Edward Frank (Ed) Lazar

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Edward (Ed) Frank Lazar

REED CITY -- Edward (Ed) Frank Lazar, 89, died on April 23, 2018, at the Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids of heart failure following an accident on his land.

Edward was born on Sept. 27, 1928, and grew up in Harrietta. His parents - John Lazar and Katharina Dovzan - were immigrants from Slovenia. Ed had six sisters and two brothers who preceded him in death, Katharina (Kate), Julia, Mary, Ann, Clara, Helen, John and Stephen (Steve). He is survived by three sons, Edward T. (Michelle) Lazar, of Belding, and their children, Marie, Michael and Matthew; James L. (Anna Maria Mueller) Lazar, of Soldotna, Alaska; and Lawrence A. (Kellie) Lazar, of Eureka, Mo.; and their children, Jeffrey and Morgan, and a daughter, Catherine L. (Darryl) Nelson, of Williamsburg, and their children Emily, Wesley and Andrew.

He graduated from high school in Mesick, and then worked at the Harrietta State Fish Hatchery. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After the service, he began working for the Michigan Bell Telephone Company, retiring after 30-plus years, working in the Baldwin and Reed City areas.

He married Shirley Mae Kalaher in November 1956, and enjoyed 58 wonderful years of marriage before her death in 2014.

Ed was a member of the Reed City VFW, Telephone Pioneers of America and the Lions Club. He served on the Mt. Olivet cemetery board. He was a member of the St. Phillip Neri parish for many years. In 1996, he was named the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

After retirement, Ed devoted countless hours to community service, including the Reed City Rails-to-Trails project, the Telephone Pioneers Reed City park project and the Reed City recycling center.

Ed Lazar was well-known for his remarkable work ethic and selfless nature. Virtually all his efforts went to improve the lives of his family and his community. He had a lifelong interest in gardening and working on his land, including growing apples and Christmas trees and gathering firewood.

He especially enjoyed having children visit and showing them how to fish in his pond or make cider.

His great enthusiasm for life and relentless drive to make his world a better place for others serves as an inspiration to all who knew him.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Livingston-Pruitt Funeral Home in Reed City. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Philip Neri, with viewing and visitation for one hour beforehand.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Osceola County Community Foundation (account designated for Reed City Recycling Center) or the St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Reed City.

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Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home
225 W Upton Ave
Reed City, MI 49677
(231) 832-2262
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Published in The Lake County Star on Apr. 26, 2018
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