Edward Adelbert Ferguson
1934 - 2020
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On December 14, 2020, Edward Adelbert Ferguson of Nikiski, AK, passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was born on November 3, 1934 to Lila (Brown) and Edward W. Ferguson near Kyle, South Dakota. Ed, grew up in Newcastle, Wyoming, before moving with his family to Montana. Ed began working in the oil fields while still in high school and continued following the oil most of his adult life. Oil brought him to Alaska, in the late 60's where he met a widow, Gloria (Venable) Williams. She had seven children from her previous marriages and Ed took them in as his own. They were married in 1972 and lived on their homestead in Nikiski, AK, together until Gloria's passing in 1999. In addition to working in the oilfield, Ed had several business ventures including Granite Drilling, a water well drilling company and Big Johns, a gas station and convenience store outside of Soldotna, AK. Ed was a self proclaimed "Jack of all trades and master of none." There wasn't much that he couldn't do or make and he used his skills many times over the years to help friends and the community. Ed, was a history buff and a good story teller. One of his greatest enjoyments was debating the issues of the day and for many years he enjoyed calling into the local radio station talk show to share his opinions, under the pseudonym of "Al."
Ed was preceded in death by his infant sister Thelma, mother Lila (Brown) Ferguson, father, Edward W. Ferguson, wife, Gloria Ferguson, stepson, Steven Williams, stepdaughter, Susan Passe, stepdaughter, Laurie Bookey, and stepson, Mark Williams.
He is survived by sisters, Cora Miller of Seattle, WA, Ethel Morgan of San Angelo, TX, Mary Simmons of Gillette, WY, Blanch Cox of Newcastle, WY, Louella Peterson (Ervin) of Hill City, S.D. Brother, George (Cap) Ferguson (Judy) of Silt, CO. Stepdaughters, Denise Anderson (Bill) of Soldotna, AK, Marlene Stockdale (Robert) of Kenai, AK, and stepson, Kevin Williams (Debra) of Ephrata, WA. Also many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Ed will be laid to rest next to his wife, Gloria, in the McGahan Cemetery, in Nikiski, AK, at a date to be announced in the spring.

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Published in Peninsula Clarion on Jan. 20, 2021.
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February 8, 2021
I met Ed and worked with him at the Shell Oil Facility on North Road, when I first started with Shell. We worked opposite each other on the same shift. He always had good stories and was a real character!! I enjoyed our time there and later often ran into him at Big John's. He will be missed.
John Landess
Coworker
January 30, 2021
Ed worked in the oil patch with our dad Red McCollum many years ago in Wyoming. Many years of wonderful stories at Swanson River. I enjoyed listening to his very knowledgeable advice on "Sound off" Of course we all knew Al really was our friend Ed. Our prayers are with his family. He will be missed but he's in Gods
oilpatch now. Rest in Peace dear Ed!
Pat McCollum/Falkenberg
Friend
January 23, 2021
I 1st met at. The Kenai post office. I had advertised. On tradio. A. Weed whacker. I was. Selling for some one. He knew. My dad. Was my dads. Boss. At. The. Kenai. Gas field. On. K- beach Kenai. That my dad worked at. When not on the platforms. So i just want to. Keep the family in my prayers. The family great loss. Gods great gain. Condolences. & sympathy. To the family. Even tho only. Knew. Mr. Ed. Ferguson. Not his family. From. John Brandenburg Kenai ak
John
Acquaintance
January 19, 2021
My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories
and Gods promise to return our loved ones . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .
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