Whitney Ret., Lt Col. Edgar (Ed) Ray, Apollo Beach, FL


Passed away peacefully at home 6443 Lake Sunrise Drive, Apollo Beach, Florida on February 13, 2015. Ed was 80 years old, born on November 10, 1934 in Breckenridge Michigan and his parents were Edith and Orin Whitney. He married Mary M. Soule on June 18, 1983 in Oscoda Michigan. Ed graduated from Breckenridge High School also a graduate of Michigan Tech with a degree in Engineering. He entered the U.S. Air Force and served 21 years. While serving our country he received the Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Expeditionary Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, Navy Merit Unit Commendation Ribbon and Vietnam Gallantry Cross. He was a Pilot of many Air Force Air Crafts and prior to his retirement he was a Deputy Base Commander at Wurtsmith A.F. Base in Oscoda Michigan and continued teaching Math for Alpena Community College. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 274, Voiture #669, VFW Post 3735 also a member of Moose #1566, D.A.V., Pedro Rescue Helicopter Assn. Heritage Foundation, U.S.O., MOAA and Eagles #4237. He was very generous with many charitable organizations especially the Wounded Warrior Project and the Red Cross. He enjoyed golf, fishing, snowmobiling (from Michigan to Alaska), hunting, traveling, playing cards (especially Bridge) and most recently sailing with his wife, Mary, making several trips from Michigan to the Bahamas on their 41 foot Morgan Sail Boat, The West Wind. His wonderful sense of humor with jokes, limericks and his incredible zest and love for life will live on with all of us eternally. Survived and loved by his devoted wife Mary, and his sons, Edgar Jr., Steven(Barbara) Whitney and Daughter Dana Zzyym, his stepchildren; David, Donald(Cindy), Diane, Jon(Donna) Krekorian, Diane(Dan) Coldren and Robert Tepass, his grandchildren Sean(Catia) and Vanessa Whitney, Emily(Shane) Teater, Matthew(Brennan), Evan, Lucas and Ryan Krekorian, 3 great-grandchildren Syncere Gonzales, Evelyn and Eleanor Teater and Emma, his beloved Westie Service Dog. Also, he is survived by many sister in-laws, Beverly Whitney, Joan Koenig, Lois Bailey, Sharron Meddaugh, Ruthann Kettlewell, Cheryle Sanderson and Janet Sanderson; brother in-laws, Russ Peters, Larry Curtin, Leroy Sanderson, Jim Ketttlewell, Bruce Soule, Bill Moore, Tom Wilson, Ray Meddaugh, David Sanderson, many nieces, nephews, cousins and hundreds of friends from around the world. He was preceded in death by his parents, son David, 4 sisters and 2 brothers; Helen, Lee, Bea, Carole, Frank, and Dale Whitney as well as brother in-laws Junior Sanderson, George Sanderson, Harold Redman, Tom Thompson and sister in-laws Shirley Sensabaugh, Edith Wilson and Sandy Moore. The U.S. Air Force Military Honorary Memorial Ceremony will take place on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 12:45 p.m. at Bay Pines National Cemetery, 10,000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, Florida, followed by a celebration of his life at the Whitney Residence, Apollo Beach, Florida. A Michigan Memorial Service by Pastor Lee will take place on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Countryside United Brethren Church 4762 S. 11 Mile Road, Breckenridge, with a procession to Ridgelawn Cemetery in Breckenridge, followed by a celebration of his life and luncheon at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project in Edgar R. Whitney’s name