LAKEWOOD, COLO.—Edwin O. Edlund, 91, died Dec. 22, 2012 in Lakewood, Colo.
In 1906, Ed Edlund’s parents homesteaded 60 miles from the Canadian border near Powers Lake, North Dakota. Born to them in 1921, he lived through the Great Depression, the subsequent loss of the family farm and the reestablishment of the homestead a few years later.
All three of these events he remembered as very difficult times. Upon finishing high school and two years of college at, what is now, Bismark State College, Ed worked for Boeing Aircraft Corporation in Seattle, Wash., on both the B-17 and B-29 bombers. He later served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in a highly classified radar counter-measures role.
Following the war, Ed married Dorothy, his wife of 55 years, who passed in 2001. Together, they attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering.
They moved to the Denver area shortly after graduation where Ed began working for an engineering company. He also moonlighted; submitting the winning bid for designing the sewage disposal system for the town of Otis, Colo. Given this experience, Ed was hired by the Adolph Coors Company.
His first project for Coors was designing and supervising the construction of the Golden Sewage Disposal Plant, which is still in operation today.
Over the next years, Ed worked his way to becoming senior vice president of engineering, construction and maintenance. He holds the distinction of being the first non-Coors family member to hold the office of Senior Vice President, working directly with Bill Coors. Until his retirement Ed supervised the Coors Construction Company, which was for many years the largest construction company in Colorado, with 400 engineers and over 2.000 construction personnel under his authority.
A major portion of the Coors Brewery that one sees today in Golden was built while Ed was in charge along with two large grain storage buildings- one in Monte Vista and one in Delta.
In 1959, Ed ran for and was elected to serve the Applewood Sanitation Dirstrict, and office he held for 38 years. Ed and Dorothy are founding and charter members of the Applewood Baptist church in Wheat Ridge.
They and five other families began meeting in the Maple Grove Grange Hall. Over the years, Ed designed and supervised the construction of all but one of the church’s buildings, in existence today on 32nd Ave. He also taught first grade Sunday school in this church for 46 years.
Ed and Dorothy were named Distinguished Alumni of both Bismark State College and the University of North Dakota. Ed is known by his sons, and those who knew him well, as an amazing man of impeccable character and the most moral man they know.
For the years since his wife’s passing, Ed has greatly enjoyed and appreciated his relationship with his dear friend Margaret Howard.
He will be greatly missed by his sons, who loved, respected and were extremely proud of him.
The Lord granted him 91 years and he graduated on Dec. 22. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, and is survived by his three sons: Kim (Sarah) and granddaughters, Eryn and Alysa; his son Mark (Kristy) and grandchildren Hans (Rebecca); and Anna (John) Smith and his son, Kent (Kathy)and grandchildren Jennifer and Jacob.