William E. “Ed” Cudmore
William E. “Ed” Cudmore, 89, passed away at his home in Spearfish, S.D., on January 28, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.
Ed was born February 14, 1923, to Ed and Ella (Gossard) Cudmore, the youngest of 12 children. He was raised on a farm north of White Lake, SD. Ed entered the U.S. Army on June 10, 1946, and served in the Philippine Islands during World War II. He was awarded the World War II Victory medal for his service to his country. Ed returned home from the service and helped his dad on the family farm.
He married Lucille Moe in December of 1948. They moved to a ranch at New Underwood where they ranched until 1956. Ed, Lucille and family moved to Philip where Ed operated a Mobile service station, “Eddie’s Friendly Service”. In addition, Ed was a master salesman during the course of his life which included sales in a number of businesses-including field supervisor in several sales related businesses. The family moved to New Underwood in 1972 where Ed was a field supervisor for Insta-Gro International. In 1979, the family moved to Spearfish where Ed practiced as a reflexologist until his retirement – as he loved helping people. Ed loved animals and raised chickens, geese, goats and turkey’s. He was also an avid gardener – he was a master at growing all things; he loved to care for the garden and made certain it was well cared for. He was generous with his produce as he shared the fruits of his harvest with all family and friends.
Ed was most proud of his six children and loved spending each and every holiday and family event with his family. He was happiest when the children and grandchildren were at their home for the various family gatherings over the years. He also loved hunting and fishing with his son, grandchildren and other family members. Ed and Lucille celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on December 21 with family present for the celebration.
Ed is survived by his loving wife, Lucille, and their six children; five daughters and one son, they were his greatest love, Diana Berkland (Tom), Sioux Falls, Gayle Lobdell (Barry), Gillette, Wyo., Barbara Nordquist (Mike), Harrisburg, Bill Cudmore, Gillette, Julie Cudmore, Gillette, and Lisa Beagle (Jay), Lead. Ed had 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ed was preceded in death by his mother, father and 11 siblings and one grandchild.
Graveside memorial services were held February 1, 2013, at Black Hills National Cemetery with full military honors by the Spearfish Honor Guard.
A memorial will be established to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com