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Edward Richard Dobrasz

Edward Richard Dobrasz

6/4/1929 ~ 9/2/2013

Edward Richard Dobrasz was born 6/4/1929 to Alexander & Rosalia Dobrasz in Niagara Falls, NY. He joined the Army in 1946 was sent to Alaska (Wrangell, Adak & Petersburg) as part of the Army Communication System (ACS) as a teletype operator. He met & fell in love with Clara Johanna Odegaard. They were married on 8/12/1950 at Petersburg Lutheran Church.

Ed & Clara made their home in Petersburg along with their 3 children Paul, Rhoda & Joel until 1958 when they were transferred to Seattle. Other travels for Ed's military family included Taiwan, Germany & France before Ed retired from the Army in 1967. Ed then went to work for Burlington Northern Railroad until full retirement. After 53 years of marriage, Clara, the love of his life, died in 2003.

Ed rekindled an old friendship with Florence Danielewicz, from childhood days in Niagara Falls, NY, and they were married in May of 2008 and lived in Seattle until his death after a battle with cancer.

Ed was a Life member of the Sons of Norway, a member of Petersburg Elks Lodge 1615, & the VFW. He had a big soft heart for people, animals and his family. We will miss his humor, smiles and hugs.

Proceeded in death by son E. Joel, wife Clara, grandson Matthew, & brother Richard.

Survived by sister Val Stepien, brother Alex (Barbara) Dobrasz, sister Mary Jane (Bill) Whaley, brother in law Gordon (Joanne) Odegaard, son Paul(Karen) Dobrasz, daughter Rhoda (Wendel) Gilbert, daughter in law Gail Dobrasz, grandchildren Rosie (Michael Riley), Nick Gilbert, Megan Dobrasz, Mike (Christin) Kamm, Jeff Kamm; 4 great grandchildren, and many nieces & nephews.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Bleitz Funeral Home of Seattle Washington with a memorial service at a time to be determined. To sign the online Guest Book, please visit www.legacy.com

A service will be held in the spring when Ed & Clara's ashes are interned at Petersburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Ed's name may be made to Petersburg Humane Association, or a .

Funeral Home

Bleitz Funeral Home
316 Florentia Street Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 282-5220

Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 15, 2013
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