ROCKLAND – Edwin Conrad Beitz of Rockland, ID, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at his home in Rockland. Edwin was born April 24, 1922, in Loveland, CO, to Ralph and Louise Schafer Beitz. He was raised and went to school in American Falls, ID.
Ed served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from March 1941 until July 1945. He served during the Korean War in the U.S. Air Force from October 1950 until October 1951. After the Korean War Ed worked as a civilian for the Air Force at Hill Air Force Base, as an aircraft inspector, engineering technician, equipment specialist and Supervisory Equipment Specialist/Branch Chief. After retiring from Hill Air Force Base, Ed completed the Farmers Insurance Career Course and worked as a Farmers Insurance Agent in American Falls.
On June 9, 1946, Edwin married Florence Eva Perry of Rockland, at her home in Rockland. This marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They have lived in Washington and California and then settled down in the Ogden/Roy, UT, area for 21 years. In September 1973, they moved back to Rockland.
Edwin joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in April 1953. He served in the Bishopric, Stake High Council and as a Counselor in the Stake Presidency. He served with many great men and women.
Edwin is survived by two daughters, Betsy (Clark) Vanek of Carey, ID, and Karen Beitz of Blackfoot, ID; one son, Edwin Eugene (Victoria) Beitz of Pocatello, ID; grandchildren, Justin L. (Angie) McLean of Blackfoot, ID; Allissa McLean of Idaho Falls, ID; Faline Winberg of Aberdeen, ID; a granddaughter that he and Eva raised Karena (Chad) Alvord of Rockland; a brother Michael (Diane) Beitz of Oakridge, OR; a sister-in-law Martha Beitz, a sister-in-law Carole Perry, Salt Lake City, UT; 11 great-grandchildren and many special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife (Eva), brothers Ralph Beitz and Robert Beitz, sister Helen Craven, granddaughter Heather Winberg.
The funeral service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Rockland Ward, 405 E. Shoshone, Rockland, ID.
He was loved by family and friends, we will miss him greatly.
Our family would like to thank the staff of Alliance Home Health and Hospice; the people of Rockland who supported dad during his attempts of living at home; and the Steidley family for all you have done and continue to do for us.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.