Lifetime Cedaredge resident and community leader, Robert Edwin "Ed" Marah, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2013, at his home in Cedaredge, Colo. He was 90.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2013, at the Cedaredge Assembly of God Church with Pastors Gerry Chapman and Don Anderson officiating. Burial followed at Cedaredge Cemetery.
Robert Edwin Marah was born to Joseph Patrick and Mary Jane (Goodwin) Marah on Nov. 30, 1922, in Cedaredge, Colorado. He graduated from Cedaredge High School with the class of 1942 after taking a year absence to care for his mother and siblings after his father's death.
On June 21, 1945, Ed married Betty Beryle Thompson in Cedaredge. To this union a son and two daughters were born. The Marahs would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in June.
Ed loved the Town of Cedaredge where he served in several capacities: police chief, mayor, town administrator, councilman, deputy sheriff, EMT and volunteer fireman. He was instrumental in the development of the Cedaredge Ambulance Service. Ed was a faithful member of the Cedaredge Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Ed was involved with several business ventures including Tamco Ranching, Marjo Heights housing development, Double L Construction and the Blue Ribbon Coal Mine at Bowie, Colo.
Ed's grandchildren brought special joy to him. He also enjoyed cooking, baking bread, tending his garden and having frequent family gatherings. It brought him great satisfaction to give gifts of bread, garden produce and meals to family and friends in the community.
Those grateful to have shared in Ed's life include his wife of 67 years, Beryle; one son, Bob and wife Becky of Cedaredge; daughters, Terry and husband Alan Rutan of Delta, Pat and husband Gerry Chapman of Aurora; two brothers, Patrick Marah and wife Gwen, Dale "Mike" Marah and wife Bertie; and one sister, Helen Kungel all of Cedaredge. Ed is further survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Floyd and Bill Hamilton, and sister, Rosella Martin.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ed's memory to one of the following organizations: Children's Hospital of Denver, 13123 E. 16th Ave., Aurora, CO 80045; The American Heart Association, 123 North 7th St., Unit 110, Grand Junction, CO 81501; or to The American Diabetes Association, 2460 W. 26th Ave., Suite 500 C, Denver, CO 80211.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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