Edward William Gass, 1941– 2017. Ed marched on to his next great adventure on Monday, June 26 when he moved on to create more joy and laughter with his mother, father and sister. His earth-bound family and friends will miss his joy, laughter and enthusiasm for life.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis; daughter Kathryn (Michael); his son William (Kimberly) and many loved ones and friends.

Ed was born June 4, 1941 in Mena, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas where he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering. Ed also managed to pick up a pretty wife while at the University and they were married on Sept. 7, 1963.

Being a member of the ROTC, Ed immediately entered the Army as a Lieutenant during the Vietnam War. Once his service was completed, he moved his growing family to Duncan, Okla., and became a member of the Haliburton family for many years. Ed, Phyllis and their children then moved to San Francisco with British Petroleum, where they embarked on a lifelong love of the west coast and wine.

Along the way, Ed became a Mason, an Elks Club member and had many discoveries and inventions patented. Ed became a private pilot. He, Phyllis and their friends enjoyed many trips flying around the states and Mexico. Ed and Phyllis have always loved traveling, discovering new cultures and experiencing adventures.

After Ed earned his MBA from the University of Houston, he and Phyllis moved to Bogota, Colombia. After Bogota, Ed went to work for Motorola in Phoenix, Ariz., and discovered the heat index. During this time, they also lived in Prague, Czech Republic and from there, they finally did their backpacking trip (or rather car-packing) across Europe.

Once back in Phoenix, Ed settled down to retire and enjoy his pool, food and wine. He and Phyllis took time to continue to travel the US to visit family, friends and ski as often as possible. As heart breaking as his illness was, he was always a pleasure to be around and continued to have fun.

The family wishes to thank the many people along the way who touched his life. There was a private family service with a blessing of his life earlier this year. In the near future, a Celebration of Life will be held with everyone being asked to please bring stories or photos to share.