Edward Boone Lingo
Edward Boone Lingo, 81, of Delaware, left this earth on Thursday, March 28, 2013, following a short and difficult illness. He was born September 23, 1932 to Samuel and Gladys Lingo in Lenoke, AR.
When Eddie was five, his family joined the westward migration, fleeing the dust bowl and difficult economic times. A long and arduous journey, the family made a home in Shafter. Eddie and his sisters adventures living in "tent cities" along the way were often the subject of family memories.
At the age of 17, Eddie joined the U.S. Navy
seeking excitement on the high seas. During shore leave home, Eddie regaled the family with stories of adventures, home movies of foreign lands and a seemingly endless supply of jokes and funny stories. Visits from Eddie were filled with laughter.
In times of conflict, Eddie courageously served aboard U.S. battleship and air craft carriers. Eddie became an excellent marksman, often winning the Navy's highest awards.
While stationed in Baltimore, MD, Eddie met and married the love of his life and soulmate, Jeanette Huisman. Together they raised two daughters, Melissa Lydia and Rachelle and provided a home for numerous foster children.
Eddie had a love for the game of golf, playing whenever possible. Upon retirement from a long naval career, he became a course marshal at his local golf course.
After moving to Delaware, Eddie spent his retirement years competing in chili cookoffs, golfing, hunting, and enjoying his wife, family and dogs.
He retired from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer in 1971.
He joins, among others, his father, Samuel; mother, Gladys; cherished sister, Martha Wooden; brother-in-law, MP Nation and his beloved Jean.
Eddie is survived by his sister, Juanita Nation; sister, Peggy Melton and her husband, Douglas; brother, Gerald Lingo and his wife, Kathy; brother-in-law, Erwin Wooden; daughter, Melissa Lydia and husband, Eric; daughter, Rachelle Christine and husband, Chris; three grandchildren, MacKensie, Shelly and Christine; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Charlie and Lindsey for their friendship and selfless assistance to Eddie.
Those of us who have known and loved Eddie will remember him with a laugh and a tear and wish him smooth sailing.