Edwin F. Barranger

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Edwin F. Barranger, 7/16/23 -11/11/2017.
Edwin Francis Barranger, 94, passed away of natural causes on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017 in Goodyear, AZ. On that day it was a joyous reunion as he was reunited with his loving wife, Marjorie K. Barranger (2001) and his daughter Kathryn L. Wright (2012). Ed was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 16, 1923 to Harry Barranger and Louise Newman. He spent most of his early life in orphanages and foster care. His birth certificate listed his birth as August 16, and although incorrect it couldn't be changed, so in his senior years he celebrated his birthday twice with friends and family!
Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the US Navy V-5 Aviation Cadet Program on October 11, 1942, and became a Commissioned Ensign Naval Aviator May 5, 1944. He met the love of his life Marjorie K. Davis, in Hutchinson, KS while in training. They married on December 8, 1944 at the USNAS in Miami, FL. He served in World WAr II and the Korean War and remained in the Naval Reserves as a US Navy LCDR until his retirement in 1983. While on active duty came the birth of his children; Kathy 1948, Pensacola; Illene 1950, Gainesville and Gary 1952, Jacksonville. With family in tow, he received his BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida and his master's from CSULB.
In 1956 he was recruited by Hughes Aircraft in Los Angeles, CA. Moving his family to California he began his 25 year career working on various projects for Hughes. A highlight of his career was the Titan 1 missile complex; he was the Project Manager for Silo A in Mountain Home, ID. Due to his military experience, he was often pulled into aerospace and military contracts. He moved his family around California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, before finally settling in Huntington Beach, CA in 1964.
In 1981 Ed and Marjorie moved to Sun City West, AZ, to enjoy their retirement. Throughout his retirement he enjoyed golf, travel and planes. He took up photography, calligraphy and leather tooling. He was an active participant of MOAOA, Junior Vice Commander, American Legion Post 94, BPDE Lodge No. 2559, Lions Club of SCW and the Daedalians. For many years, he was a volunteer at the Reno Air Races. He volunteered at Luke AFB for various activities, including preparing income tax returns for military personnel. Ed was a member of the SCW Posse for many years and was on the team that created the first official communications center. As a resident of the Heritage Traditions, he was actively participated in Thursday's Happy Hour music and was on the Resident's Advisory Board.
Ed leaves behind a brother Harry Barranger (VA), half-sister Jane Wilkins (NJ), half-brother Ronald Barranger (FL). Half-brothers Robert Barranger, Richard Barranger and sister Edith Jennings preceded him in death.
He will be missed dearly by his daughter, Illene B. Marx (Michael), son, Gary D. Barranger (Beth), granddaughters Jessie F. Wright and Megan M. Boviall and great-grandsons Dylen Wright, Justyn Wright, Tj Reed, Tyson Reed, and Zackeriah Boviall; great-granddaughters Angel Gonzales and Brooklyn Reed.
Family will gather at Arlington National Cemetery where his remains will be interred next to his loving wife of 56 years.

Published in NewsZapAZ on May 2, 2018
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