Edwin Lee Essex

Edwin Lee Essex

Edwin Lee Essex was born in Galesburg, Illinois September 12, 1924 and died in peace in his Seattle home on March 17th, 2013. He grew up in the Midwest and enlisted in the Air Force serving our country as a B-24 Aerial Gunner in the 8th Air Force Bombardment Group stationed in England during World War II.

After the war, he attended University of Iowa and met and married Nan O'Connor. They were married for 56 years until her death in 2002. Ed received a Bachelors and Masters degree in Fine Art at University of Iowa and teaching certification from the Northern Idaho College of Education. Ed and Nan moved to the Seattle area and Ed taught art in Seattle Public Schools until retirement in 1981.

His loving family includes sisters Alleyne Knouff and Anne Engelbeck (brother Thomas Essex deceased), daughters Viki Essex and Meredith Essex, granddaughter Darby Eddington, son-in laws Rory Moore and Mark Eddington, and many nieces and nephews.

In 2010, Ed Essex's block prints were exhibited at the Washington State Convention Center in Ed Essex: A 60 year Print Retrospective. To learn more about Ed Essex's life & art please visit www.gallerysx.com.

Please join us in Celebrating Ed Essex's Life: Museum of Flight Restoration Center, Payne Air Field, Everett, Washington, Saturday, May 11th, 3:00-6:00pm.

The family expresses a special thank you to the staff at Ida Culver House Ravenna. We love you.

Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 31, 2013