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Edward Henry Clay


1916 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
October 18, 1916 - January 6, 2011
Born October 18, 1916 in Bisbee, AZ. Died peacefully surrounded by loved ones in Bellevue, WA on January 6, 2011. Ed was raised from the age of seven by his widowed mother in Cheyenne, WY. After graduating from the University of Wyoming in 1938 with a Bachelors degree and an ROTC commission he was hired by United Airlines. Called to active duty in 1941 as an infantry lieutenant, Ed was chosen for the First Special Service Forces (a precursor to the Green Beret) and served in Italy, France and Norway. Discharged in 1946 he remained in the reserves until 1960 and retired from the Army in 1976 as a Colonel. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Wyoming in 1971. Ed found United Airlines a wonderful company to work for during his 42-year career in management. His UAL career took him to Denver, Chicago, Honolulu, Seattle and Los Angeles where he retired in 1980. He continually amazed his family when UAL personnel greeted him by name at every airport they visited on their travels. When in Seattle Ed served on the Board of the Seattle - King County Convention & Visitors Bureau. He first joined Rotary International in 1971 and participated in three different clubs until 2002. Ed was named Rotarian of the Year in 1994 for his work as chairman of the annual fundraiser, the Concours d'Elegance, in Palos Verdes, CA . He was member of the Travelers Aid Society of Los Angeles for eleven years. Ed served on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army's Crestmont College and in 1990 received their highest civilian "Others Award" for outstanding community Service. Ed and his wife of 59 years, Virginia Gibson Clay (d. 11/4/06), raised four children and are survived by Edward H. Clay Jr. of Sonoma, CA, Martha Clay Woodman (Peter Sr.) of Medina, WA, Karen L. Clay of Seattle, WA; and grandchildren, Peter J. Woodman of Seattle, and Ariel C. Clay of San Francisco. The remains of Ed and Ginny will share the gravesite of their second son, Brian G. Clay (d. 12/9/68) in Evergreen Cemetery, Barrington, IL. In Ed's words,"… my life has been enhanced and beautified by my friends, neighbors and associates." Dedicated to family, friendship and service, all who have known him consider him to be an unforgettable friend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The University of Wyoming Alumni Association, 214 S. 14th Street, Laramie, WY 82070 Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 14, 2011
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