Edward Norman Funfar was called home to the Lord on February 21, 2017. He was born at home on July 5, 1932 in Lidgerwood, North Dakota. Most of his elementary and high school years were spent in Lidgerwood. During part of World War II, his family moved to Vancouver, Washington, where his father worked in the shipyards.
After graduating from high school in 1950, he worked at Livingood's Hardware Store. He joined the U.S. Air Force in March of 1951. He had basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He served in Korea during the war as a radio repairman. He was then stationed in Michigan, where he would meet Helen Danielson, who was to become his wife.
After his honorable discharge in March 1955 he took advantage of the GI Bill and studied Electrical Engineering at North Dakota State University in Fargo. He married Helen and they lived on campus at NDSU serving as dorm managers. Their first son, James, was born there in Fargo.
Upon graduation, he accepted a job offer at Boeing and they moved to Seattle. He worked on several defense projects, which took them to Florida, South Dakota (where their second son, Joel was born), Missouri, Wyoming, North Dakota, and eventually Renton, Washington. Their youngest son, Jonathan, was born in Renton, shortly before they moved to Enumclaw in 1969.
He retired from Boeing in 1995 after 35 continuous years of employment.
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Buckley, Washington. He was very active in church leadership over the years. He spent many years attending Bible Study Fellowship in Tacoma and Kent. He loved the Lord and lived his faith.
Ed is survived by his wife Helen, son James (Patty), granddaughters Hannah and Kate of Auburn, son Joel of Enumclaw, and son Jonathan (Julie) of Richland, WA. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Margaret, an infant sister Shirley, his brother Kenneth, and his sister Mercedes Lentz.
He was a proud father, grandfather, and loving husband. He had many friends. He will be missed.
Memorials may be made to the donor's charity of choice.