Just shy of his 88th birthday, on Friday, June 11th, Edwin Utah Spears passed away in Lethbridge, Alberta. His daughters were by his side. At Ed’s request, there will be no funeral. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.
Ed is survived by his three daughters from his marriage to Hilda McDonald: Modena Spears and daughter, Aurora; Melinda Havlas and husband, Tom; Melanie Law and husband, Todd, and their three sons: Spencer and wife, Ariel, and four children; Wyatt and wife, Melissa, and daughter; and Malcolm. He is survived by his sister, Wanda Sue Smith and her daughter, Ginger and husband, Greg Turner; and by the children of a deceased sister, Chuck Hornbuckle and wife, Linda; JoLynn Gessert and two children, two grandchildren. He is predeceased by his sister, Noka Dean Hornbuckle, his mother, Ova Lee Wisdom, and his father, Thomas Damon Spears.
In his senior year of Heavener High School, Ed was in the top of his class in mathematics for the entire state of Oklahoma. His passion throughout his life was airplanes. Because of this, he joined the U.S. Air Force to pursue his dream of flying. During his time in the military not only did he learn to fly but he excelled in computer systems. One of the highlights of his career in the late 1960s was working at Cape Kennedy in Florida. He provided computer support for the Poseidon missile, the second U.S. Navy nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile system. In 1973, the whole family made their way up to Canada settling in Calgary, Alberta where Ed worked at Sperry Univac as a systems technical specialist installing and maintaining the 1100 series and training personnel. In 2003, he moved to Yellowknife to be with Modena, his oldest daughter, and Aurora, his granddaughter. All three of them eventually moved to Lethbridge, Alberta where Ed was a much-loved resident of Blue Sky Lodge. Ed’s daughters are ever so grateful to all the staff at Blue Sky Lodge who took such good care of Ed, especially during COVID-19 restrictions.
Ed was highly intelligent with a quick-wit and a memory for poetry and song lyrics. He loved flying, fishing, pork picnic shoulder and cornbread.
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