Edward Joseph Vesely 92, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2012. Born on December 14, 1920 in NY City, Ed is remembered for having a kind heart and generous spirit. On December 8, 1941 like thousands of other young men, he enlisted in the Army/Air Force immediately following the Pearl Harbor attack. During WWII, he piloted a P51 Mustang and successfully completed 35 missions in the European theater. On his 36th mission, Ed was shot down in Normandy and survived seven weeks behind enemy lines with the aid of the French Resistance. He returned home a war hero, receiving two bronze stars and a Purple Heart. After the war, Ed married, had two children, and moved to Tucson in the late 1950s. He owned and operated Vesely Gas & Service Station on 5th and Craycroft until the mid 1980's. He joins his wife Edna in heaven, and is survived by his sons Edward Jr. (Susan) and Tim (Jan); his grandchildren, Tanner, Kate, Kyle, and Caleb; and great-grandchildren Rhya, Taryn, Jayce, Easton, and Tucker. Services will held at EAST LAWN MORTUARY on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., and Edward will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery in honor of his military service. Vaya con Dias. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Dec. 27, 2012