Edward L. Blose
April 7, 1937 - March 22, 2009
Edward L. Blose, 71, of Mesa del Caballo, died March 22, 2009 at the RTA Hospice Home in Payson, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Blose was born April 7, 1937 in Craigsville, Pa. to Earl and Vivian Bowser Blose.
He graduated in 1955 from Worthington West Franklin High School in Pennsylvania.
On July 9, 1955 he married his high school sweetheart, Irene Bouch.
Mr. Blose worked as a service technician on data processing equipment until moving to Payson in 1984. He was self-employed until his retirement.
He was a dedicated member and past president of the Zane Grey Twirlers Square Dance Club and was active in his community serving on the fire department board and the community center board. He was instrumental in many community improvement projects including street paving, sewer improvements and developing a dog containment law.
Mr. Blose was an avid race fan and when his health permitted, attended the supercross races in which his grandsons competed.
Mr. Blose is survived by his loving wife, Irene; three sons, Ed Jr. of Cottonwood, Bob (Pam) of Phoenix and Chappy (Tammi) of Peoria; grandsons, Ryan, Michael, Chris and Brandon; granddaughter, Brittany; and two great-grandsons. He is further survived by two sisters, Norieta (Ken) Wolfe of Cowansville, Pa. and Hattie (Frank) Welnetz of Bella Vista, Ark.; one brother, Denny (Mardell) of Kittanning, Pa.; nieces and nephews, and his faithful canine companions Traveler and Dande.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill; and sister, Donna.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero Drive, and prior to the service, March 26, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at Payson United Methodist Church.
The funeral service for Mr. Blose will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 26 at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. in Payson.
Internment will be at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park immediately following the service.
At the family’s request, memorials can be directed to the Payson Humane Society or the Zane Grey Twirlers Square Dance Club, P.O. Box 1483, Payson, AZ 85547.
“Ed was from an era when a handshake or his word was a bond and his friendship was everlasting. He may be gone, but he certainly isn’t forgotten and never will be,” his family writes.