Edwin Beu

Longtime Alaskan Edwin G. Beu, Jr., 86, died Tuesday April 17, 2012, at his home in Wasilla, AK.

Services will be held at First Congregational Church located at 2610 East Northern Lights Boulevard, Anchorage at 3:00 PM on April 25, 2012. Ven. Norm Elliott officiating. There will be a public visitation one hour prior to the service. Pallbearers are Gene Wicker, Jay Brewer, Kenn Kadow, Craig Kauffman and Dave Traver, and Honorary Pallbearers John R. Strachan, Bjarne Holm and James Magowan.

Ed was born March 7, 1926 in Harper, Kansas to Edwin G. Beu and Sarah Tucker Beu.

Following high school graduation, Ed was immediately called to active duty with the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific Theatre aboard USS L.S.T. 270 as an electrician.

In 1957, Ed brought his wife Marsha and children to Anchorage, after being hired as Advertising Director for the Anchorage Daily News. Before retiring in 1988 he worked in advertising, public relations, and real estate. He also proudly served as a police officer in Longview, TX and Anchorage, AK.

Ed was especially proud of his work with the Anchorage Lions Club and of being a Melvin Jones Fellow in the Lions International Foundation. He was twice selected "Lion of the Year", was Past-President and served in most all other club offices throughout his Life membership. Ed was an ambassador for the city of Anchorage and was known for his informational guided tours of his beloved city.

After the death of his wife Marsha, Ed later married Betty J. Boyd in 1995. He enjoyed traveling frequently with Betty. Both are well known for their involvement with the Valley Performing Arts, the Anchorage Performing Arts, and the Mat-Su Community College. They attended the First Christian Church in Anchorage for many years, Ed served on their Board and directed the choir. Ed and Betty currently are members of the First Congregational Church.

Ed is survived by Betty J. Boyd-Beu, his wife of seventeen years; his sons Gary M. and Edwin G. III and their wives Carla and Lisa; Betty's daughter, Kathleen Wicker and her husband Gene; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Marsha Sapp Beu and their daughter Barbi Beu Sammartano.

The Beu and Wicker Families thank the many health care providers who assisted in the care of Ed during the last months of his declining health. Their care and concern for Ed and Betty is greatly appreciated at this difficult time.

Internment at Fort Richardson National Cemetery with full military honors will be announced at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Anchorage Lions Club.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes

Published in adn.com from April 22 to April 23, 2012