Edward V. Prunckun (Feb. 18, 1921 – Feb.) 18, 2017
Ed passed away on his 96th birthday in his sleep after prolonged pneumonia.
His last 4 years were at Colorado State Veterans Home in Rifle, Heritage Park in Carbondale, and Open Gate in Glenwood Springs, where he received excellent and loving care. He and many of his caregivers became very close. He also got to enjoy being with his Carbondale family (son Gary Pax, Fiona ODonnell Pax and Ed’s granddaughters Feenagh and Maeve) and they enjoyed him as well.
Prior to moving to Colorado he lived in Delaware, but after his wife, Esleta, passed away in 2000 his primary role was Grandpa. He made the long trip to Colorado for many years, often with a stopover in Texas to visit remaining family and the grave of his wife.
He and Esleta lived for many years in Newark DE, where they were devoted church goers, avid Bridge players, and Ed’s favorite pastime was to “wheel and deal” with coin collectors. They also had the joy of having their other son, Ed Prunckun Jr. and his wife Pam, living only 1 mile away (and their son, Rob, in Massachusetts). Ed was transferred to DE from Utah in 1965 as an engineer in structural testing and static firing of the nuclear Poseidon missile for Thiokol. After 23 years with Thiokol, Ed retired. During retirement Ed enjoyed traveling with his wife.
In Brigham City, Utah, Ed also was an engineer for Thiokol on the Minuteman missile, now in silos across America. Prior to Utah, Ed worked for Chance Vought Aircraft in Dallas as an electronics engineer. Before Texas Ed worked in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (where his two sons were born) for GE as a structural designer. Ed was a self taught engineer with no college training.
On July 4,1942 Ed became an officer in the U.S. Army Aircorp and married Esleta McCorkle the same day. He was assigned to the Navigation program in San Antonio, TX and promoted to 1st Lieutenant to serve as a Navigation Flight Instructor for the B17 an B29 bomber crews at many U.S. bases during World War II.
Ed’s devotion to his wife and his entire family never wavered. He and his stories will be greatly missed. His ashes will be interred in Arlington, TX, beside his beloved wife. A memorial service will be held at that time. As a lifelong giver to charities, Ed would want everyone to do the same.
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