Edward Joseph McKenna
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Edward Joseph McKenna
He was born on July 22, 1943, in Bangor and grew up in Newburgh. He was graduated from Carmel schools.
Ed served proudly in the US Army enlisting in 1965. He was deployed to Germany for several years, was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and was the recipient of our Nation's Purple Heart. He retired from the Maine Army National Guard in 1995 with nearly 30 years of service.
Ed was a long-time employee of the Dead River Co. and was known as the company "gas" man. His service lasted 44 years. He was also employed later in life by Dysarts for many years.
He very much enjoyed spending time with family, visiting friends, cookouts, mowing grass and riding his John Deere tractor, taking his grandchildren and their friends to Dysarts for treats, tinkering in his shed, snowmobile club dinners, and going to camp at Oxbrook Lake with friends Ivan, Douglas, Bruce, Bill, Tom, Aaron, Josh, Kevin, Roger, Mike, & Rudi.
Ed is survived by Glenda, his wife of 39 years, along with five children that include daughters, Sonya and Daisy and sons Billy, Jimmy, and Shane. Surviving among his grandchildren are Brianna, Ryan, Austin, Paige, and Sophie. He was a great-grandfather as well and is survived by Maddie, Olivia, and Cooper. Surviving siblings include sister, Patty and brothers, Frank, Tommy, Cliff, and Ken. Finally, Ed leaves behind best friends Donnie & Terry. Ed was predeceased by his mother, Margaret Robinson.
A memorial service with military honors will be held 4 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2019, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor. Relatives and friends are welcome to gather with the family immediately following the service on Friday until 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Ed's memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, c/o Anah Shrine Center, 1404 Broadway, Bangor, Maine 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.Brookings-Smith.com
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