Edmond W. Fey
Edmond William Fey passed away peacefully June 8, 2013 at the age of 99, at Hospice of Arizona in Peoria. Born in 1914 on Whidbey Island, Wash., of German immigrants, his rich and fondly remembered youth was spent between there and Everett.
After graduating from Langley High School in 1932, he sailed himself to Seattle to enlist in the U.S. Navy, in which he served until 1954 reaching the rank of chief yeoman. His career included duty in ports from China to the Mediterranean. He worked in naval intelligence in Germany after World War II, finishing his career at the Navy recruiting office in Seattle.
He married Sophie in 1948, and upon retirement from the Navy, settled in Bellevue, Wash. to raise his family. His transition to civilian life included many interesting ventures. He co-owned and operated the Cozy Corner and Interbay Taverns in Seattle, briefly tried his hand selling Watkins products, mega-vitamins, cemetery plots, worked as a sewing machine repairman, and spent a year working on a Titan missile installation. He eventually settled in the life insurance and securities industries, in which he continued to be active until his early 80s.
In 1992 he built a house in Payson, to live in the land of the Westerns he loved to read. He lived there on his own until moving into the Majestic Rim retirement community in 2010. Medical issues led him to Glendale in 2012, where he spent his final year at Goldwater Assisted Living.
He was predeceased by his wife, Sophie, in 1989, and his daughter-in-law, Barbara.
He is survived by his son, Edmond (Catherine) Fey of Vestal, N.Y.; son, Alan Fey of Glendale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Karl, Kevin and Lydia Fey, Daniel Fey, Kathleen (Anthony) Armstrong and David (Kate) Fey; great-grandchildren, Caleb and Josiah Armstrong, Hunter and Draik Fey; sister, Dolores Mallory of Somerton, Ariz.; many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Fey had an optimistic and positive outlook on life and was always interested in learning and adopting new technology. His daily “3-mile” walks kept his body healthy.
He grew spiritually, and became a deeply committed Christian at the age of 90.
Funeral services will be conducted at 5 p.m., Saturday, June 15 at the Covenant of Grace Church, 906 W. Peoria Ave. in Phoenix, preceded by viewing from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The family would like to thank the staff at Goldwater Assisted Living and Hospice of Arizona.
Donations to Hospice of Arizona may be made in memory of Edmond W Fey.