Ed died Feb. 28, 1999, in Glendale, Ohio, after a long illness. He was a lifelong resident of Cincinnati.
During WWII, Ed served in the Navy for over three years in the submarine service in the Pacific. He rose from apprentice seaman to lieutenant, receiving the Presidential Unit Citation with star. He served aboard the USS Swordfish and Queenfish, with four combat missions.
Ed was an avid tennis player and sailor. In the summers he raced sailboats in Les Cheneux Islands, Mich. He was a councilman of his town, an elder of his church, a founder and treasurer of his historical society, president of the Glendale Lyceum, and more. He was thoughtful and gentlemanly, both inside and out; a true friend. His son said, "A great part of my father was his heartfelt laugh and his magnificent friends."
He loved his family. He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 48 years; his children, Babs B. Bickhart, Jeff, Ed, and Steve; 12 grandchildren; and his sister, Ann Heekin Friedman. "O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, in thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last."
The Class of 1942