Obituary: Edward Earl Jory III
November 21, 2011
Edward Earl Jory III (Eddie) passed away in Minden, NV on November 1, 2011. Ed was born in Oakland, CA to Edward Earl Jory, Jr. and Charlotte Mae Raber. He lived there for a few years and then was moved to Las Vegas, NV where he grew up. It was a small town then and he attended Las Vegas High School when it was the only High School in town. He learned at an early age how to get the most out of life. Whatever he did, he did it with Gusto. The term “Fast Eddie” seemed to suit him. Always the adventuresome boy he joined the Navy to “see the world”, and that he did. Shortly after graduating from the U. S. Naval Training Center in San Diego, CA he was assigned to the new U.S.S. Dewey under the command of Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. Upon the commissioning of the ship they completed a goodwill tour throughout the Caribbean, Europe and the Mediterranean. He always said he didn’t know how he got so lucky.
After serving his term in the Navy he moved to Northern CA where he got reacquainted with his relatives in the bay area. Seeking adventure, he moved to Lake Tahoe where he continued his love of all things outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting and skiing. He was of the “work hard, play hard” group and became a proud member of the E. Clampus Vitus in South Lake Tahoe.
Several years later the growing construction industry lured him back to the Las Vegas area where he spent many years building homes throughout the valley. He met LaVerne Jory and they were married in 1980. They both had children from previous marriages and when they weren’t working they took whatever children were available from their blended families and had many happy times camping, fishing, boating and horseback riding. The children all developed a love of nature and the outdoors and have passed it on to their children.
Always pushing the envelop, one summer they went with some family and friends boating out of Lake Mead and up into the Colorado River farther than most motor boats have ever been. The rafters waved while they were floating down the river past their camp. After boating for a few years Ed renewed his love for horse back riding. When he wasn’t riding his horses up into the mountains in all of the western states he became a member of the Mounted Posse of Las Vegas, NV. One Sunday morning he turned into “Cowboy Ed” and took his horse to the Lutheran church they attended for the “Rodeo Round Up”. He gave all of the children (and some parents) a ride around the parking lot.
The call of Northern Nevada prompted him to get his Home Inspector’s License and they moved to Topaz Ranch Estates where he was able to have his beloved dogs and horses. It was like moving home again. He enjoyed being a member of the Douglas County Posse.
One of his last escapades was when he and the Rosie Red Hatters decorated his trailer as a train car and he made his tractor into an engine. They marched in the Nevada Day Parade winning the prize for most original.
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Ed was very thankful for the doctors, nurses and staff of the Northern Medical Community who gave him several extra years after his bout with lung cancer. He was still able to be active riding his tractor and doing projects around the house, landscaping and gardening.
We can’t say for sure what finally took Ed from us. He had a minor operation a couple of weeks previously (not related to cancer) which went well. We think he just wanted to see what other adventures God had in store for him. On that cold November 1st morning with Gail force winds raging outside his spirit left this earth as he jumped on to a lighting bolt and rolled off with a thundercloud into the next life. Those who were listening could hear him say “It’s been a Pretty Good Ride!” His spirit and memories live on in our hearts reminding us to live life to the fullest for our short time on this small planet we call Earth.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his wife LaVerne, step mom Barbara Jory, Sister Bonnie & Tom Correa, Children Deanna & Jeff Fine, Shannon & Michael Van Stockum, Denise Bradbury, grandchildren Morgan & Delaney Fine, Brittney, Alyx and Courtney Van Stockum and other children, sisters, brothers, in-laws & out-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A service at the Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Fernley, NV will be arranged by Autumn Funerals and Cremations as soon as family and friends are able to get together.