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Edward Folsom

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Edward Richard Folsom

November 24, 1917

November 26, 2013

Edward Richard Folsom was born November 24, 1917, in Irvington, New Jersey to Edna Helen Schmidt Frank and George Keeler Folsom. Ed passed away November 26, 2013, two days after his 96th birthday, with his beloved wife Louise and his family by his side.

Ed moved to Reno in December 1927 at age 10. He attended Orvis Ring Elementary School, Northside School, Billinghurst Middle School, Reno High School, graduating in 1935, and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Ed enlisted in the Navy on January 3, 1942, at age 24. He survived the plane crash of a naval patrol bomber on February 17, 1943, having been thrown into the icy water near the Norfolk, Virginia Naval Air Station. He served in WWII as a pilot, flying a Martin PBM Mariner, guarding the Panama Canal, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. He completed 44 months active service and 20 plus years in the reserve, serving as Executive Director of the Naval Reserve Officers School. He retired as a Commander in the U.S. Navy at age 60 in 1977.

Ed returned to Reno after the war ended, and together with his stepfather, Myron Frank, owned and operated the Reno Garage at First and Center Street and the Grand Central Gas Station and Grand Central Garage located at Liberty and South Virginia Street.

Ed was a steadfast and dedicated member of the Rotary Club of Reno since 1954. He gave many generous gifts to the Rotary International Foundation, Reno's Rotary Foundation, and was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He was a loyal contributor to the Boy Scouts of America and St. Mary's Hospital Guild.

Ed married Louise on February 25, 1967, and their union was strong and happy for 47 years until his death. Ed is survived by his beloved wife Louise and his children: Darla (Hank) Potter, Joan (Enzo) Buonamici, Susan Urmston, Jim (Lori) Urmston, Scott Warren, daughter-in-law, Donna Urmston. Ed's brother George and son John Urmston preceded him in death.

Ed was a proud member of the Princess Elite Club, he and Louise having enjoyed more than 30 cruises during their time together. Visiting Alaska was one of Ed's favorite cruises. He loved being invited to visit the Captain's deck and marvel at the workings of a "ship," not a "boat," as he would often remind you.

After Ed's retirement, he and Louise spent approximately 20 years wintering in Arizona, primarily in Sun City West. Ed enjoyed working on perfecting his golf game, perhaps not always to his satisfaction, was a formidable opponent in the yearly croquet tournament orchestrated by one of his closest friends, Colonel "Beck" Becker, and especially enjoyed attending Louise's singing performances. During their time in Arizona, they developed many special long-lasting relationships.

He has 14 grandchildren: Eric Beringer, Kara (Jason) Lesher, John Urmston, Tony, Andy, Matthew Waage, Jason (Sherry) Urmston, Sara (James) Colborn, Patrick Urmston, Jeff (Stephanie) Urmston, Greg Urmston, Tim, Valeri, Chris Warren. Ed has 12 great-grandchildren: Summer, Bailey, Aaron, Jeana, Connor, Cameron, Dylan, Seamus, Logan, Alex, Eli, Baylee.

Ed always had an abundance of 5-dollar bills, as he had developed a tradition of every time he saw a great grandchild presenting them a gift of $5 (the 5-dollar handshake). It wasn't about the money, as many of these great grandchildren didn't even know what a 5-dollar bill was. It was the wonder of watching the child relish in the undivided attention from their great grandfather and watching the joy it brought to the one giving the gift.

Ed was a warm, caring, generous son, father, commander, beloved husband, grandfather, and great grandfather, and he will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, any donations in Ed's memory may be made to the Rotary Club of Reno, P.O. Box 1750, Reno, Nevada 89505.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Dec. 8 to Dec. 15, 2013
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