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Edward J."Ed" Upah

June 10, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Edward J."Ed" Upah, 91, of Tama, passed away June 7, 2019 at Premier Estates of Toledo under the care of Iowa River Hospice and surrounded by his loving family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama with Father Michael Mescher as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Tama. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama with a Vigil Service following at 7:00 PM.

Edward was born on April 20, 1928, in rural Chelsea, Iowa, the son of William and Frances (Charvot) Upah.

He graduated from Belle Plaine High School.

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Edward J.'Ed' Upah

Ed served his country in the National Guard for twelve years.

On May 21, 1952, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Starits at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama. Ed was a parts manager for International Harvester in Tama for nearly forty years. After International Harvester closed, he was a parts manager for Barron Motors in Toledo. He also farmed and owned and managed rental property.

Ed was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama, fifty plus year member of Catholic Order of Foresters, the Knights of Columbus, KD Lodge, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Ed enjoyed going to the casino and sharing stories with old farmers. Ed and Mary Ann liked traveling around the country on trips with the family. He loved growing raspberries. Ed also had a love of taking naps, buffets, midnight cruises in the car and always had a good joke. He was a very devoted husband to Mary Ann, especially after their car accident and he was always there for his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of sixty-seven years, Mary Ann of Tama; two daughters, Diane (Dick) Novak of Tama, and Jane Currier of Tama; six grandchildren, Rich (Katie) Novak of Plano, TX, John (Becky) Novak of Toledo, Emily (Jason) Babinat of Tama, Christine (Shane) Ecklor of Marshalltown, Jesse (Codee) Gerlach of Carlisle, and Katie (Will) Schulte of Watkins; fifteen great-grandchildren, Remington, Samuel and Finnley Novak, Gabe, Ethan, and Alex Babinat, Ann, Chad, Madelyn, and Richard Ecklor, Connor and Kennedy Gerlach, and Carson, Brody, and Charlie Schulte; one sister; one sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one great-grandson, River Novak; one brother; and a sister as a child.

Memorials may be directed to the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama.



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