Edwin Upton, 90, longtime Independence resident, died early Tuesday morning at Wilson Medical Center in Neodesha, Kan.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mt. Hope Cemetery with the Reverend D.L. Mitchell, officiating. Military graveside rites will be performed by a detachment from Fort Riley, Kan. Interment will be under the direction of the Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel of Independence. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until 8 p.m. on Friday. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday.
The family has suggested memorial remembrances to Compassion International: Unsponsored Children's Fund of Colorado Springs, Colo. Remembrances will be received at the funeral home.
Edwin Lee Upton was born March 27, 1920, in Litchfield, Ill., the son of John Upton and Mayme (Cavander) Upton. After her husband's death, Mayme was married to William Lambert who became Ed's cherished father, an example of quiet strength.
He attended and graduated from high school in Litchfield. After his schooling, he joined the United States Army where he was a member of the Army Air Corps. Edwin served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and the liberation of the Philippines at Luzon. After being discharged following the war, Mr. Upton joined the United States Air Force Reserve retiring with the rank of Major.
After his military service, Mr. Upton was employed with Union Gas Systems and worked 35 years before his retirement in 1980. Upon retirement, he enjoyed several years of fishing, boating, travel and golf.
Edwin was a longtime member of the First Christian Church in Independence.
On Dec. 13, 1945, at Independence, Kan., he was united in marriage to Alberta J. Dikeman. Mrs. Upton preceded her husband in death on Dec. 6, 1979.
He was later married to Fern Evans who also preceded him in death.
Edwin is survived and much loved by: two daughters, Christina Unruh of Independence and Nancy and her husband Dwight Mitchell of Monument, Colo.; four grandsons and four granddaughters; and 18 great-grandchildren.