Edwin Joseph Krupa

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Edwin Joseph Krupa passed away Wednesday May 15, 2014 at Highgate House in Wenatchee, Washington. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday May 24, 2014 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch in Midland, Texas with the gravesite service to follow at Greenwood Cemetary. Eddie was born August 13, 1924, to Joe and Violet Krupa in E. Chicago, Indiana. He grew up, lived, and worked in Indiana until July 10, 1943 when he joined the U.S. Army Air Force and became a Belly ball-turret-gunner on a four-engine B-17 Flying Fortress called the "ice Col Katy". It was the hottest spot in the heavy bomber, no protection, no room for a parachute. The saving grace was the Flying Fortress itself the B-17 could take any punishment. As he said, "It will bring you home." And it did. Thirty-seven missions he flew, including the Normandy invasion on D-Day. Eddie was honorably discharged as a staff sergent on October 17, 1945, and married Sue King on October 18, 1945, whom he had met after the war while stationed at the Midland Army Air Force base. They remained in Midland and he went to work for Texas Electric Service Company, where he eventually received his master electrician license. He worked there for 35 years then started his own company "Lightening Electric." Eddie was involved in Little League Baseball, Junior Achievement, Christmas in April and was always willing to help out anyone in need. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, and traveling with his wife Sue. They made several trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Germany. He loved his family and animals especially dogs they always held a special place in his life. After losing his wife of 62 years from a long battle with Altzheimers, he moved in with family members and enjoyed spending time with daughters, grand daughters and all of his great grand children. He is survived by his sister, Barbara Casey Orban of Wylie, Texas; his daughter, Carolyn Davenport and husband Doug; grandsons, Eric and David; granddaughter, Diane; great granddaughters Riley, Morgan, and Danielle; great grandson, Jared, all of Cleveland; and his daughter Toya Smith and husband Bruce of Houston, Texas; his granddaughter, Kesha Milne; great grandsons, Austin, Carson, and Peyton of Dryden, Washington; granddaughter, Keri Marks; great granddaughters, Molly and Rebecca of Snoqualmie Pass, Washington; granddaughter, Michelle Smith; great grandsons, Noah, Myles, and Sylas of Wenatchee, Washington. He will be making his last flight home from Washington to Texas where he will be laid to rest at Greenwood Cemetery with his wife and baby boy Edwin Michael, who lived only one week; they will now be reunited. As his pilot would say after every mission, "We've got our work done for the government. We've done our job for our country. Now, let's go home." There will be a viewing at Nalley-Pickle & Welsh Friday May 23, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home
3800 N Big Spring St Midland, TX 79710
(432) 550-5800
Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram from May 22 to May 23, 2014
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