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Edward G. Hoey, 92, passed away on Friday, July 6 at Grand Village Nursing Home in Grand Rapids. He was born in Proctor, Minnesota on Aug. 5, 1925 but moved to Taconite at five days old and was a lifetime resident. Ed attended Greenway High School and played on the Raider football team that won the mythical state football title in 1942. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943, serving on a hospital ship in the Pacific during WWII. After his three years of military service, he returned home and worked for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Company for 36 years, finishing as General Foreman of Operations for Minnesota Mines. He married Elizabeth Lucille Troumbly on June 17, 1950 and just celebrated his 68th anniversary. He played amateur baseball and hockey for the Taconite Hornets and was a longtime referee in the senior Arrowhead League.
Ed was very active in his community, serving as a councilman and mayor of Taconite. He was also on the Taconite Fire Department and served as chief. He was a trustee of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Taconite for decades and was very instrumental in the building of the church in 1966. He was most recently a parishioner at Mary Immaculate in Coleraine. Ed was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 60 years and was also a member of the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his father Ambrose, his mother Marcella and a daughter, Elizabeth Ann; his sisters Marie Haynes, Rayne Fondrulia, and Neeta Johnson, in addition to daughter-in-law Jackie Ogden Hoey (Ken) and son-in-law Richie Tiburzi. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty, and his 10 children; Sandra Tiburzi, James (Ann), Marg Casey (Bill), Donald (Nell), Paul, Thomas (Sharon), Steven (Julie), Kenneth, Robert (Annie), and Damian (Teresa). He is also survived by his brother Luke and sisters Fran Carpenter and Marcie Davis.
Ed is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren plus dozens of nephews and nieces. He was a noted storyteller and was a strong proponent of hard work, loyalty, discipline and punctuality. He was a man of service and was accountable to his nation, his town, and his family. Ed loved a good laugh and was known for his quick wit. He loved history, crosswords, baseball, and jelly beans. He was a proud man and very proud of his family. Most of all, his strong Catholic faith shaped his every thought and deed. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends but his memory will never be forgotten. May he rest in eternal peace and let perpetual light shine upon him. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 AM Tuesday, July 10 at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Coleraine. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM Monday, July 9 at Peterson Funeral Chapel and one hour before the service at church. Interment Lakeview Cemetery in Coleraine.