Edwin Whiteside

Monday, March 15, 2010

Edwin Vane Whiteside, 93, passed peacefully of natural causes on the morning of March 11, 2010, in Mountain Home.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 15, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home. Burial will follow on Tuesday, March 16., at 3 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Vancouver, Wash.

Ed was born May 30, 1916, in Three Creek, Idaho, the first of Elsie and Vane Whiteside¹s eight children. Ed grew up on various ranches in southern Idaho and left school after graduating at the top of his eighth-grade class to work for wages.

While working for the UC near Elko, Nev., he often played accordion at local dances. At one dance, he met Elizabeth Ann Barnes, who was raised in Bridgeport, Calif., and Reno, Nev., and was then teaching school in Elko.

They married a year later on April 10, 1939.

A few years later, Ed enlisted in the U.S. Navy in World War II and served in various areas in the South Pacific for five years before being honorably discharged.

Ed and Elizabeth subsequently lived in Salt Lake City, where their only child, Barbara, was born.

They returned to Reno, where they resided several more ears before Ed, who was working as a long-haul truck driver, was transferred to Portland, Ore.

The family remained in Portland for 11 years before moving to Vancouver, Wash.

Shortly after Elizabeth¹s death in 1999, Ed left Vancouver and moved to Bruneau to be closer to his family.

Ed and his beloved dog, Mickey, remained in Bruneau until Ed entered an assisted living facility in Mountain Home.

Ed is survived by his daughter, Barbara, and son-in-law, Frank Greco of New York, as well as his sisters, Ila Enke of California, Rose Hopson of Florida and Cheryl Whiteside of Bruneau, and his brother, Lyle Whiteside of Nevada.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Whiteside, sisters Petey Mitchell and Jean Jones, and brother Jack Whiteside.

Edwin was a hard-working man of great integrity who always put the needs of his family and friends first. He was also a great outdoorsman who was happiest when hunting and fishing, and the family enjoyed many years of camping throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada. His ability to tell stories of the family history, and the twinkle in his yes and the smile on his face will be forever missed.