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Edward L. Walsh

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Edward L. Walsh

Sun City West - Edward L. Walsh age 90 departed for Heaven on April 9, 2018. He was born July 27, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the son of Edward L. and Edna May Alborn Walsh.

At the age of 5 he entered grammar school and was already proficient in reading, the alphabet and generally the numbers, and therefore started out the head of the class. This was a position he never relinquished throughout his academic life. After grammar school Edward enrolled at Lane Technical, a college prep high school with emphasis on mathematics, chemistry, and physics. He had a dream at this time to become an aeronautical engineer.

In June 1954 he enlisted in the Air Force. Supported by the GI Bill, Edward applied for admission to the University of Illinois and in September 1954 enrolled at the University. When he arrived for his interview with a college counselor, they reviewed the college entrance scores. The interviewer stated that Edward had the second highest mathematics test score ever obtained on an entrance examination at the University. Edward's brother Warren had scored the highest.

Edward graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, June 1958 and a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering June 1959. He graduated with Honors which included the granting of the Illinois Scholarship Key, along with being a member of other Honorary Societies.

After graduation Edward was hired by Boeing in Seattle, Washington as a Research Scientist. Later he moved to Martin-Marietta in Denver, where he was head Structural Engineer, working on the Titan missiles I, II, and III and the Peacekeeper missile system. For a short time, he worked with the Air Force Intelligence Division with a Top-Secret clearance at Wright Patterson in Dayton, Ohio.

Edward was a structural engineer at Kaman Sciences in Colorado Springs, Colorado for 16 years before going back to Lockheed-Martin in Denver.

Edward was a truly gifted and talented person with so many interests. He loved downhill skiing and was a member of the Vail National Ski Patrol in Colorado. He participated in contact bridge tournaments becoming a Jr. Masters. He won numerous trophies in Bowling, built a yacht for sailing on Lake Michigan, and played golf and tennis.

He built 3 houses along with a television set and a Grandfather clock. He could build and fix anything.

He liked all kinds of music and especially loved playing the organ. He was pretty good with the accordion and guitar too.

Edward trained and showed Doberman Pinschers as well as, trained and showed Arabian horses, winning Reserve Grand Champion at the Denver Stock show with a great horse.

Family genealogy research became a real passion, especially finding several generations of his family in Ireland.

Edward authored 2 books- CONNECTIONS to the JOURNEY of MANKIND and FINGERPRINTS of God.

Edward is survived by his wife Ann of 46 years. They have a blended family of 5 children. Daughters Pamela (Wendell) Gump of Oregon and Terri (David) Thompson of Tennessee. Four Grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Ian, and Brandi, and 7 Great Grandchildren.

Stepchildren are Joseph, John, and Jane Fromme of Colorado.

A Memorial Service will be held at Shepheard of the Hills United Methodist Church, 13658 W. Meeker Blvd in Sun City West, AZ 85375, on April 20th at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the music fund at Shepherd of the Hills Church.

Please join Edward's family in sharing memories, pictures, or videos on his tribute wall at
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 16, 2018
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