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Rev. Edwin J. Mutum

Died: Mon., Dec. 22, 2008

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Obituary: Rev. Edwin James Mutum

Rev. Edwin J. Mutum, 58, a resident of Erie, Illinois died on Monday, December 22, 2008 at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus in Silvis, Illinois after suffering an apparent heart attack while shoveling snow at his home.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 27, 2008 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1809 Mississippi Blvd., Bettendorf, Iowa. Visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday at the McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for the Edwin Mutum Memorial Fund. Interment will be private.
Edwin James Mutum was born in Davenport, Iowa on October 8, 1950, the son of Clifford H. & Anna Marie (Schenpolk) Mutum.
He was a 2000 graduate of the Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and served Methodist churches in Calamus, Iowa, Grand Mound, Iowa, DeWitt, Iowa, the Asbury United Methodist Church of Bettendorf and the Community of Joy also of Bettendorf. In addition, he was the pastor, life coach and founder of “Reaching For Higher Ground Ministries.” Ed was a remarkable man who touched countless people over the years with his ministry of love, friendship, understanding & compassion. He spent countless hours traveling and speaking to so many people throughout the United States and Canada with his beloved AA family delivering his message of hope.
In Ed’s own words, “Please, please make this a celebration of all the good things that happened in my life, regardless of how I have died and how grateful I am to the Glorious God who created us all. Without finding Jesus Christ, I would have been lost many years ago.”
Those left to honor Ed’s memory include his daughter, Belin Mutum of Long Beach, California; his sons, Mike (Shelly) Ortega of Davenport, Vechi Mutum of Long Beach and Erick Mutum of Long Beach; his grandchildren, Hannah, Blain, Bailey, Brianna & Alexis; his sisters, Dorothea McSparin of Fortville, Indiana, Ellen Thornton of Huntsville, Alabama and Daisy (Mick) Bruce of Hayward, Wisconsin; his brother, George (Marti) Burk of Newberry, South Carolina; several nieces & nephews; many wonderful friends and his special love, Stacy.
His parents, Clifford & Marie and his brothers Charles & Jon preceded him in death.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by viewing his obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com
And Ed would always want you to remember, “I love you and there is nothing you can do about it!”

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Julian S
  
I never met you Ed but you may have saved my life. The CD's I have listened to where you told your story inspired me to be a better person and forgive those who have wronged me. Yours is truly a blessed story and one that will never be repeated. One of hope and forgiveness. I hope you are at peace and thank you so much! Love Julian

Sue Felgenauer
   Posted Tue December 23, 2008
There is not enough space on this page, or enough words in any language that can adequately express the depth of love and gratitude Ed brought to my life. Ed knew Love, Freedom and Forgiveness as few men do. He shared them all freely with everone he touched. Soar to new heights, my dear friend. Electric Sue

Dick & Barbara Anderson
   Posted Tue December 23, 2008
Choirs of Angels are celebrating the arrival of this gentle giant even as we gather round to comfort one another. Ed Mutum was enormous in all things, especially his appetite for God and Love. His example of forgiveness has touched souls in the far corners of this world. Ed was an Angel, a Big Angel, walking here to lead many of us to God's Grace. Imagine the Christmas Celebration he'll enjoy in Paradise! We'll meet again, in the wink of an eye. Until then, we love you too...and there's nothing you can do about it!

Dixie E. Kurtz
   Posted Tue December 23, 2008
Our angel is soaring with the angels now. God Bless you Ed. You will truly be missed.

Ed Thompson
   Posted Tue December 23, 2008
The first thing Ed said to me when we were first introduced was, "Hey! Two Ed's are better than one!" He saved my life that night. I was feeling mighty low at that time and that simple joke lifted me from my funk and I stayed sober one more night. His friendship, love and guidance has helped me become more like the man God created me to be. I am forever in his debt and I am supremely happy that he is with his Father in Heaven.

God bless his family and those who's lives he touched touch in his ministry and in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Ed Thompson
Council Bluffs, Iowa
6/15/94

Big Tony K.
   Posted Tue December 23, 2008
Big Ed,
You are loved and appreciated.
Big Tony in Texas.

Dale Mayne
   Posted Tue December 23, 2008
Ed, You Helped me to get Sober. I Will not forget you. I didn't always agree with you but always repected you. You taught me to turn the other cheek, To live and let live. To put others ahead of myself, He made me the person I am today. Welcome home Ed.

bob muff mcdermott
   Posted Tue December 23, 2008
for the ed sorry for you loss, i know the family of aa would miss him bob "muff" mcdermott
delavan.wi

John Ledger
   Posted Tue December 23, 2008
I only knew Ed for a few months, but the impact he had on my life is immeasurable. My prayers are with Ed's family and friends. He will be missed by thousands of folks in A.A. Thank goodness his message will go on.

John Ledger
   Posted Tue December 23, 2008
I only knew Ed for a few months, but the impact he had on my life is immeasurable. My prayers are with Ed's family and friends. He will be missed by thousands of folks in A.A. Thank goodness his message will go on.

Janna
   Posted Wed December 24, 2008
Ed helped me through the sudden death of a dear friend. When I was a little embarrassed to come to church (my friend and I attended Asbury together) because I would cry, he told me this: It makes you feel better to be in church though right?? I still don't know how he knew that, but he was right. It's better to cry among Christians than at home alone. He's an angel.

Dee Donovan
   Posted Wed December 24, 2008
To Ed's Family you have my family's utmost sympathy. Rev or to me always Pastor Ed will be in my heart forever he touched my family's lives in so many ways. He had such a generous heart very caring and loving I know he has touched many people throughout his life and somehow I can't help but think he will always be an angel among us. God bless you Ed. You will missed forever.

Bob Clark
   Posted Wed December 24, 2008
Ed was one the kindest most gentle, forgiving souls I have ever known. The light he brought to my live as well as many more will surely burn brighter as we celebrate his life instead of morning his passing. We who have been blessed to have him in our lives have a responsibility to carry that “light” to others who still stand in the dark. Let us all put down "the bag of ones" and carry his torch.

Miss Julie
   Posted Wed December 24, 2008
Some souls talk a good story and some souls walk the walk. Ed was one of those rare souls who did both. He brought the spirit of the Prayer of St Francis into all his actions and the world is a better place because of it. Remembering his words and his example is the gift we can give back. He changed my life and my family's life.

Dale Horton
   Posted Wed December 24, 2008
Don't you know the angels in heaven are rejoicing even though we are saddened by Pastor Ed's loss. There are no words to express how my heart is hurting at this time. Ed was such a fine man and always available to help in any way he could He was truly inspirational in my recovery and Pastor Ed will always be one of the reasons I extend the hand of AA wherever needed. I extend my sincere sympathy to Ed's family. You can always know that your Father had an impact on those whose lives he came in contact.

Al & Erika Anderson family
   Posted Wed December 24, 2008
Pastor Ed was indeed a man of many Blessings. From his Church families to his AA families to all those in between. He performed his 1st baptism on our son some 11 years ago and has remained in our lives through all the good, the bad, the thick, and the thin. He always had time for those who needed his understanding and unconditional love, his words and actions of friendship, love, & forgiveness will live on forever through those who will continue his works. Pastor Ed, we'll miss you always, & we thank you for all that you have done, and to his Families....we share your grief...God's Peace and Blessings to you all. "I'm delighted that you called and my day is better by hearing from you."

Bill Noonan
   Posted Wed December 24, 2008
I have been crushed for two days over the loss of my friend Ed. I will always remember the special time I spent with your Dad at conferences (and airports), and how important his words were to me. He always challanged me to be a better person and to never forget to give back what was freely given to me.

Billy N
Spring Lake, NJ

Brandon Drake
   Posted Thu December 25, 2008
Ed gave me hope long before I was able to attain sobriety. Like so many others I would pop in his CD's when I was feeling low.His words and the way he expressed life and love would shine through the CD player and I would start believing that I could have a life and a place in the world without drinking. I have met Ed and have been touched by God's love through his actions and Gentleness. Thank you Ed and I will always cherish your words and celebrate your life as you wished.

Travis Emfinger
   Posted Thu December 25, 2008
You will be missed brother!. What a gift it was to know Ed. My condolences to his family, Please know that Ed was a beacon in the night to so many. Travis in Texas

Julie & Mogy
   Posted Thu December 25, 2008
We met Pastor Ed at Fellowship By The Sea in Myrle Beach,SC in Sept. 2001. He was the Sat. night speaker. One of the first things he said was "if there's anything I can do for any of you please let me know." Now a lot of people say that but few mean it. He meant it. He married us the following April 2002. We had a speaker meeting before our wedding. He was a man of God in the truest sense and we are all ther better for having known him. He will be missed by countless people and we will cherish his CD's even more. We've given so many of his CD's away because he had such a wonderful message of love, hope and forgiveness. Pastor Ed is Home now. He was a good and faithful servant and now he is receiving his reward. We will miss you Pastor Ed. Love, Julie & Mogy

Ellie Sheffler
   Posted Thu December 25, 2008
I've gotten to know you a short time ago and you've opened my eyes to so much. Although you will be soo missed I know you'll watch down on all of us and your message will always be there for us. I've never in my life seen eyes that sparkled the way yours did. Thank you for touching my life.
Ellie

MOGY
   Posted Thu December 25, 2008
Ed a gental giant a man who showed me that there is hope in AA, and 10 years later in Jesus Christ.

Charlie Triplett
   Posted Thu December 25, 2008
As what others have said, there is not much in words that I can say about what Ed meant to me also. He was a great sponsor and a great example of what I would like to be.... If I could be half the man that ED was then truly I would be blessed. My regrets to all his family and friends... Miss you buddy!! God bless Charlie

Becky Matanic
   Posted Thu December 25, 2008
I had the privilege to hear Ed speak recently here in Texas. I was truly inspired by his message. My sympathies to his family, Stacy, and many friends.

Chuck Anderson- Elgin, IL
   Posted Thu December 25, 2008
Ed was an indisputable vessel of God. My sincerest condolences to his enitre family. We'll miss him but he is in a much better place now. With his Father- no pain, no sorrow, the ultimate peace and serenity. Big Ed's story is one of remarkable forgiveness and transformation. His rebirth became a gift from God for every life he touched. He first touched mine in 2005 when I purchased the CD set from "The Usual Suspects" retreat with Scott Lee. This past summer, I saw him at a workshop in Geneva, IL where he counseled and encouraged me. THANK GOD FOR PASTOR, GENTLE GIANT, "BIG" ED MUTUM.

Chris and Bonnie Jessen
   Posted Thu December 25, 2008
Bonnie and I had the privilege of having Ed marry us. We spent many precious hours with Ed and are better for it. We were considering contacting Ed to ask him to renew our vows for our tenth anniversary. We no longer have that opportunity, but we are still privileged to have known this great man. His gentleness, kindness, and integrity, is an example for all that knew him.
Love In Service, Chris and Bonnie Jessen of Cedar Rapids, IA.

Ben Bass
   Posted Thu December 25, 2008
I certainly never met Ed, but I want you all to know that his wonderful story of forgiveness and love has been told by me and I'm sure by many others. Here in Texas and in many other places his legacy will live on with the loving kindness that really truly walking the walk brings us.

God bless you all who knew him well.

Michalene Reilly
   Posted Thu December 25, 2008
How blessed we have been to share Pastor Ed with his friends and family. Just a couple of weeks ago I heard Ed talk about the idea of celebrating the life of someone when they pass. I know our celebration of your life will continue for a long time. We have all been blessed to share time with him in this life.

Mike McLean
   Posted Thu December 25, 2008
I had the honor and privilege of meeting Ed in April of 2006. My home group is the Big Book study meeting that Ed started in Bettendorf, IA. I had the honor of sharing great fellowship with Ed when we would eat dinner before our Big Book Study meetings on Tuesday. I am grateful for the time and wonderful conversations that I had with Ed. He truly changed my life and way of thinking. Ed will be greatly missed.

Lorna Weih Pahl
   Posted Thu December 25, 2008
I was an acquaintance of Ellen and Dorthea while growing up in Durant...I am thru Sunbury connection and went to school with Charles in Durant...If either or both of you would like to contact me please feel free to do so. Your brother had a wonderful life.
Lorna Weih Pahl
2795 130th St.
Wilton,IA 52778
563-732-3327

Joe
   Posted Fri December 26, 2008
Ed, you touched my heart in a very special way and I'll never forget you. Thank you for your wonderful example.

Jimmy Jack
   Posted Fri December 26, 2008
thank you ed, for touching my life,

Judge Yogi Naquin
   Posted Fri December 26, 2008
Such a gaint of a man with an even larger abundance of love for people. AA is going to miss him, and we were bless to have him with us. My prayers are with his family and with him as he beings his eternal journey with God. no more truding Ed, you are in the sunlight of the spirit. Judge Yogi Naquin 04-13-85

Leo Shaw
   Posted Fri December 26, 2008
Thank you for spreading the enthusiasm, the God from within, to my life. God brought me to our Fellowship, and members like you brought me to God. I will miss you and carry your loving memories with me always.

Russell Luchtenburg
   Posted Fri December 26, 2008
Rev. Ed touch me with his message of acceptance of his defects, his ability to be willing to change and his work to that end. He inspired me to look at my life in recovery and work at my acceptance of me and allow God to work through me with others. Ed, see you at the convention. Please save a seat for me.

Russell

Linda Richardson, Bloomington, IN
   Posted Fri December 26, 2008
Ed has been a guiding light to so many of us. He will continue live in my heart the hearts of so many others. When he was in Bloomington a couple of weeks ago, he took the time to meet with me and we sat in the lobby of his hotel and talked about God. I will truley never forget that experience. I was fortunate to hear the words, "I love you and there is nothing you can do about it". I will cherish he CD's and feel all the more grateful when I hear them. RIP Ed. You are Home now.

Leo Shaw
   Posted Fri December 26, 2008
Thank you for spreading the enthusiasm, the God from within, to my life. God brought me to our Fellowship, and members like you brought me to God. I will miss you and carry your loving memories with me always.

Jan Schulze
   Posted Fri December 26, 2008
My deepest condolences to the Mutum family. I first met Pastor Ed in 2001 at an AA convention in RI and hearing him & speaking with him changed my life. I met him again in 2006 at the World Convention in Toronto & we ran into each other 7 times out of 100,000 people. He always remembered people & encouraged them to move forward with their lives. "Did you make the phone call? Did you write that letter?" His connection to God was very powerful. The last time I bumped into him at the convention I said "Pastor Ed! What's God trying to tell us?" He just smiled & said God will let you know. Little did I know it was to move to Iowa. It was also that I would reconnect with another speaker who is a good friend now, Dottie Lou. He will be SO missed, and I DO grieve with you. But his life is to be celebrated, as he is a true power of example of God's love.

Chuck T. McDonald PA
   Posted Fri December 26, 2008
My sincerest condolences to Pastor Eds' family and friends, he will certainly be missed. I first met Pastor Ed a couple of years ago when he spoke at the Cook Forest Conference in PA. His gentle nature, strong belief in Christ and message of hope touched my heart. I think of Pastor Ed many times and it is always with great fondness that I will remember him and the kindness that he has shown so many in recovery. A truly remarkable man whom I was truly blessed to have met and known.
Chuck T.
The Friday Night McDonald Group

Valarie S. Minnetonka, MN
   Posted Fri December 26, 2008
Ed found it comical that you could spell his last name backwards and still get the same result.. That made it easy:) That kind of sums up my friendship with with him. No matter what was going on.. Ed somehow found a way to make life simple. Let God take the wheel and just ride along. He was my sponsor and a friend. Ed always gave me the straight talk but the underlying message was always LOVE. LOVE heals, LOVE forgives, LOVE transforms. I am ever grateful for meeting this man and the passion he lived for our program. My sympathy to all that will miss him.

Maribeth Penningroth-Grace Lutheran Camp-DeWitt, Iowa
   Posted Fri December 26, 2008
My very sincere sympathy to Pastor Ed's family. May your family and everyone he touched through his years of ministry cherish the many memories we have of him and be comforted with God's promise of a heavenly reunion some day. Pastor Ed has been a good friend of mine for many years as he would contact me about rentals for the many retreats "Reaching For Higher Ground" and "Life Recovery" would have at Grace Lutheran Camp. God truly blessed me and everyone he came in contact with his genuine caring personality, witnessing of his faith in our Lord, willingness to be there to help and love everyone and especially those in need. Let our hearts be joyful and let our spirit sing for Pastor Ed is in heaven this Christmas walking with our Lord! God be with each of you and give your comfort.

Terri Bruce
   Posted Fri December 26, 2008
Ed was quite an inspiration and there for anyone who needed an ear or a shoulder. Thank you Ed for everything. I will miss you and your inspirational emails.

Bobby Moore
   Posted Fri December 26, 2008
To Ed's Family and Stacey:
You have my Deepest Sympathy. Pastor Ed was my A.A. Sponsor,confidante, spiritual advisor and
Friend. He changed my life forever. My wife(Betty) and daughter (Ashley) both loved him dearly. His way with words and compassion for others was just incredible. He will truly be missed, especially by me. God has added another Angel to Heaven. Peace and Blessings. Bobby Moore, Cleveland, Ohio.

Joan Collins,Patty O'Brien
   Posted Fri December 26, 2008
Pastor Ed was a very dear friend. Always there when you needed him no matter how busy he was.
We loved him very much and will miss him so much.
He is with the God he loved so much, that we know,that is the one thing that will ease our sorrow.
Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Patty O'Brien,Bob And Joan Collins,Lindsay O,Brien

Jasmine Teter
   Posted Sat December 27, 2008
Uncle Ed, you will be dearly missed and always family to me. Thank you for being a part of my life and making such lasting impressions on so many.

martin k
   Posted Sat December 27, 2008
I will never forget the big hug from big ed GOD BLESS

R
   Posted Sat December 27, 2008
I pray that I may one day find that which you spoke about with so much love and conviction - peace of mind, acceptance and love for oneself and for others and always, always FORGIVENES, you are missed.

R
   Posted Sat December 27, 2008
I pray that I may one day find that which you spoke about with so much love and conviction - peace of mind, acceptance and love for oneself and for others and always, always FORGIVENES, you are missed.

Debra Snyder
   Posted Sat December 27, 2008
I am honored to say I have known Ed for many years. We met when he had his places on Vine St. in Davenport. He did so much for so many and never expected anything in return. YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED ED. THIS IS NOT A "GOODBYE" JUST A "SEE YOU LATER" ;) My condolences to the family.

Danette Burzlaff LeLievre
   Posted Sun December 28, 2008
My deep condolences to Ed's family, his family in Christ and his AA family. So many people loved him! God put Pastor Ed into my life 11 years ago and what a blessing he's been - like so many others he touched on his journey here on earth. I am deeply grateful for his advice on sharing my life with others. His wisdom, love and humility ring in my ear often and always will. My God bring peace to all that morn this great loss.

Cindy D'Entremont
   Posted Sun December 28, 2008
You touched my life in a way that only God can pass on through us. Thank you and my family thanks you. I will see you later in a better place. I love you. From one drunk to another.

Brenda
   Posted Mon December 29, 2008
I had the honnor of meeting Ed in June and
everytime I think of him I just smile that is
not something I do often I'll see you again Ed
with a smile.
Brenda

Karen Kosgard
   Posted Mon December 29, 2008
Ed was a true Christian who lived God's word. I can only imagine the joyous celebration in heaven when Ed met our maker and received his crowns of glory. His Saturday night services at Asbury changed who I am and the life I live and I will forever be thankful. My sincere sympathies are extended to all of those who were touched by this wonderful man.

Rose Blank
   Posted Mon December 29, 2008
May God grant you comfort and healing during this time of great sorrow. I did not know Ed well, but in hearing from those who did, he obviously touched many lives. And for that, thanks be to God for his witness to Christ's redeeming love.

Vannoy Shaw
   Posted Mon December 29, 2008
What a great loss to the AA family world wide. His great legacy of forgiveness will continue to help countless people. I will miss him and his big ol' smile. May he rest in peace now.
Vannoy Shaw Dallas, Texas

Rev. Christine Minor-Heilig
   Posted Mon December 29, 2008
To all of Ed's family and friends I send my deepest sympathies.You are all in my thoughts and prayers. What a great loss! He touched countless people and changed their lives for the better.He was always there to lend a hand, a listening ear, and a prayer. I first met Ed many years ago when he became the Pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church in Calamus and St. Paul's in Grand Mound. This was his first appointment as a Pastor. He soon encouraged me to go on a Walk to Emmaus and supported and mentored me as I eventually started the path to Pastoral ministry. My Emmaus cross is even more of a treasure now. My Mother and I did the cooking for about ten years at Grace Camp for many of his retreats there. What wonderful people we met and what awesome messages were given by Ed and others. He was my beloved best friend, mentor,spirtual guide, and so much more. He was just always there for me and my family if we needed anything. We miss him. He helped through tough times and helped me grow as a person and a Christian and taught me to quit saying I'm sorry. I was blessed beyond measure to know him and meet many of his family and children. He loved his family and friends deeply. Today in worship I let the Holy Spirit lead me(Ed would have been proud - since I usually want very written out notes :) and went out amoung the people and shared how his message and life touched my life. Many of the congregation had gotten to know him when we did a spiritual retreat together this summer. We had to rent a larger room at Grace Camp for the one scheduled this coming April. He will be truly missed. I am a better Pastor and person today because of Ed. I miss him more than words can say. I thank him for all he taught me. Thank you does not seen adequate. How I wish he was still here, but he would tell me that he is in heaven, in a better place, and to celebrate his life. I am blessed to have known him and witness how God worked through him. He was truly a great man that practiced his faith. Rest in peace Ed I love you and there is nothing you can do about it! Pastor Christine Minor-Heilig DeWitt, Iowa

Deanne
   Posted Mon December 29, 2008
"Mourn not too long that he is gone, REJOICE FOREVER THAT HE WAS!!!" Old proverb

Our loss, heaven's gain! Till we meet again!

Lindsey Bevard
   Posted Tue December 30, 2008
I can truly say today that I learned to celebrate life from Ed. He really was my hero and I truly loved his spirit. In early sobriety I used to listen to his tapes over and over again and I am truly thankful for his life. I can't wait to see him in heaven! I thank God for him and all the people's life he touched through church and alcoholics anonymous.

Jamey Chapman
   Posted Tue December 30, 2008
To Ed's beloved family, my condolensces are with you at this time of great loss. Always know that Ed was a man that touched many lives. He was a spiritual giant and taught me many things. I credit a great deal to Ed although he would never take the credit.
This man was a great friend, mentor and example. My life will never be the same. I am a much better person for knowing the great man that he was. I know that he is on a great journey with his Father. I will truly miss Ed and will never forget all that he has done for me and my family.
The two most important lessons I learned from Ed was that of love and forgiveness. And he also taught me to never step on the spirit of the giver. It has always been difficult for me to accept help from others. Ed would point that finger at me and tell me that I need to let the spirit of the giver live.
Thank you Ed for these and many more lessons in life.

Rev, Ed Mutum
   Posted Tue December 30, 2008
To all of Ed's family and friends I send my deepest sympathies.You are all in my thoughts and prayers. What a great loss! He touched countless people and changed their lives for the better.He was always there to lend a hand, a listening ear, and a prayer. I first met Ed many years ago when he became the Pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church in Calamus and St. Paul's in Grand Mound. This was his first appointment as a Pastor. He soon encouraged me to go on a Walk to Emmaus and supported and mentored me as I eventually started the path to Pastoral ministry. My Emmaus cross is even more of a treasure now. My Mother and I did the cooking for about ten years at Grace Camp for many of his retreats there. What wonderful people we met and what awesome messages were given by Ed and others. He was my beloved best friend, mentor,spirtual guide, and so much more. He was just always there for me and my family if we needed anything. We miss him. He helped through tough times and helped me grow as a person and a Christian and taught me to quit saying I'm sorry. I was blessed beyond measure to know him and meet many of his family and children. He loved his family and friends deeply. Today in worship I let the Holy Spirit lead me(Ed would have been proud - since I usually want very written out notes :) and went out amoung the people and shared how his message and life touched my life. Many of the congregation had gotten to know him when we did a spiritual retreat together this summer. We had to rent a larger room at Grace Camp for the one scheduled this coming April. He will be truly missed. I am a better Pastor and person today because of Ed. I miss him more than words can say. I thank him for all he taught me. Thank you does not seen adequate. How I wish he was still here, but he would tell me that he is in heaven, in a better place, and to celebrate his life. I am blessed to have known him and witness how God worked through him. He was truly a great man that practiced his faith. Rest in peace Ed
I love you and there is nothing you can do about it!
Pastor Christine Minor-Heilig
DeWitt, Iowa

Josiane Beede
   Posted Tue December 30, 2008
Oh Ed! I thank God for all that you gave in your time here on Earth. Your selflessness, your joy, your inspiration and love of life. Through your spoken word, I was touched by the Holy Spirit...and I am sure many others were as well. God has blessed us all with teachable hearts and you believed in each and every one of us! Thanks be to God!

Vicki O'Grady
   Posted Thu January 01, 2009
Last night (New Year's Eve) I heard of Ed's passing through Lee Y. I am thinking of Ed's family at this time and hoping that they are feeling the love and support that Ed gave to so many people over the years. Ed was such a profound inspiration for others to forgive and find peace. I thank God for his sobriety and presence on this earth and am grateful that he passed through my life for a little while.

terry kohlmyer
   Posted Thu January 01, 2009
I would like to pass my condolences on to the family and Stacy. Ed was my sponser and he was teaching me daily.He was a very loving person and I'll be forever grateful for all he gave me.I'll miss you dearly and know my love is with you forever.
Terry Kohlmyer Zelienople,PA

Dale Walsworth
   Posted Fri January 02, 2009
The third time I met Ed was at a conference in a hotel in Ft. Wayne. I was having a few burn out problems and my alanon wife showed up with Ed. He spent the afternoon with me. It seemed he always had time for people. He was a sponsor who had great insight. He will be missed by all.
I would like to thank the family for sharing Ed with us. I know the time he spent with us took valuable time away from you. Thank you and God Bless Dale W. Hesperia MI.

Shawn N.
   Posted Fri January 02, 2009
I seen Ed, three times. The one thing that said to me once after I got saved, was that "Pastors still come here to get sober." The most recent time I saw him was about two months apart. He spoke wonderfully. The last time I saw Ed was on the evening at a meetings aniversary. I gave him a hug and told him I loved him. He truely was a devoted servent of the Lord. 9.6.1996

Cynde Turner
   Posted Sat January 03, 2009
Ed touched my heart in a very special way which I will never forget. I am blessed that our paths crossed. Thank you, Ed, for your wonderful example. Cynde T., Fort Dodge, Iowa

Richard and Gerie Minor
   Posted Sun January 04, 2009
Pastor Ed was a former Pastor of ours at Wesley United Methodist Church in Calamus. Ed was not only a big man but also had an even bigger heart. Ed was very passionate about his love for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and his work with AA. Ed will be greatly missed by many people. You have our deepest and sincere sympathy.



















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Anita Vice
   Posted Mon January 05, 2009
I loved Ed from the first time I heard him speak, then later was so very blessed to spend a couple of weeks with him at his home a year or so ago. He helped me to get thru some unfinished grieving. His spirit was so gentle and I loved him so very much. My heart is so saddened yet I rejoice for him too. I can only imagine what it would be like... Don't you just know the angels are having a blast with Ed being in thier midst. Let Ed's spirit live on through the kindness we show others. God Bless.

Donovan Blanks
   Posted Tue January 06, 2009
My condolences to Ed's family. I had the pleasure of hearing him tell his story at a forgiveness workshop. I learned so much from him in just the short time I spent with him. I felt like he had lived my life and made it possible for me stop my spiral sooner. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Aynel Vechi Mutum
   Posted Wed January 07, 2009
Thank you all for writing and sharing your experience and time with Edwin. Our children read your kind notes regarding their dad and how you feel about him. Your heartfelt notes are welcome and comforting to us all.
Aynel Vechi

Beth & Joe
   Posted Fri January 09, 2009
Ed was an inspiriation after a divorce, and it was an honor to be able to host him at a spiritual conference in Kansas City in 2004. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and road around with us on a quest for an excellent cheeseburger. Man! He could eat! Our condolences to his family. the Earth's loss is now Heaven's gain!

Daryn Wagler
   Posted Wed January 14, 2009
Thank You for your positive outlook on life you have touch my life more than words can say.You give me strength everyday Ed. I know your with me and my family 4-ever. Thank You Daryn Wagler

Brenda W
   Posted Thu January 15, 2009
A friend gave me a CD of an AA talk that Ed did a few years ago here in Vancouver, Canada. It has touched and helped me immensely, as it obviously did the live audience as well. I feel blessed to have received his message of hope. Thank you for so generously sharing him with those of us who are still learning to live and forgive. May God bless you and keep you.

Steve Fecht
   Posted Sat April 04, 2009
i moved away from davenport in 2001 , ed was my sponsor for the better part of 7 years , i just realized today that he is no longer with us , as we have lost touch over the years , i feel such a sense of loss , ed was such a good man anyone who knew him was blessed , ed taught me the simplest things in life that so many take for granted i have almost 14 years of sobriety because of ed so sad that he has left us , he will be missed by many he will live forever in my heart , eds faith in jesus christ was truly remarkable , ed was a true example of alcoholics anoynomous and a christian , he held my hand and taught me how to live sober and be happy i love you ed

Mandy
   Posted Fri April 17, 2009
I was blessed to know Ed for a very short time, but that time meant the world to me. You have touched my life in so many ways and for that I will be forever grateful. Until it is time to meet again, I Love you, and there is nothing you can do about it!

Mary
   Posted Sun July 26, 2009
I heard Ed speak at a convention a few years ago. I was so moved by his sharing I bought the CD and have listened to it many times since then. As a member of Al-Anon, I find a lot of hope in his story,for the people in my life who suffer from the disease of alcoholism, and for people in recovery who can still lose their way. I enjoyed his sence of humor.And, I also counted the "ones" and work to trust the other 299. Thanks Ed, where ever you are.

David Scheel
   Posted Fri October 09, 2009
I only learned of Ed's passing two weekends ago when I heard Stacey telling her story at a Serenity Celebration

My first year in the Al-anon program, (Nov. 2004) Ed spoke in Houston. I missed his talk, but had his speaker cd mailed to me before I left. I cannot tell you how many times I have listened to it.

Ed was and still is one of the voices in my head who I speak with any time I need to forgive.

I was so very fortunate to hear him again in person, and get to meet him and give him a hug and tell him how much he had helped me to heal in August of 2004 in Kerrville, Texas. I thanked him and told him I loved him. He was so gracious and kind and of course told me all the credit was to God.

He was indeed a giant of a man, and with me being 6'4" tall, one of the few people I could look up too. :-) And of course I mean that figuratively.

He is and will always be part of who I am.

My condolences to all his friends and family.

Jeff H. from Rochester NY
   Posted Mon October 26, 2009
My name is Jeff and although I had never met or spoke to Ed, his strength and experience has changed my life. I am a member of the AA fellowship I had been sober for over a year and a half and still dealt with a bit of confusion and doubt in my life and with God. I truly wanted to be happy but I felt like there were too many unanswered questions. One night in a bit of a depressed state I randomly downloaded Ed's speech from an AA speaker podcast (http://www.aaspeakers.org/Ed_M-from-Bettendorf_IA-at-the_Area_62_Convention-in-Davenport_IA-on-03-20-2004). I had no expectations, I certainly did not expect to hear exactly what I needed at that time. I did, I heard more then I needed. Although I only made it about 35min into the speech before falling asleep I heard something that changed my life. Ed talked about how God was good and did good things and all I need to do was ask. I did, and god was there and has been there ever since. Another night I needed some questions answered about forgiving someone who did something horrible to my son. I listened to the whole speech this time never thinking there would be an answer to these questions, I just wanted to listen to him again because I like what I heard the first time and I realized Ed overcame a resentment far greater then mine. He taught me forgiveness, he was truly an inspiration to me, I wish I could have thanked him in person. Thanks to Ed, I believe some day I will...

Steve Fecht
   Posted Tue December 22, 2009
Ed has been gone for one year today, although I had not seen ed for two years before his passing I miss him dearly . I think about him almost daily and his words of wisdom, his advice,his dedication to Alcoholics Anonymous and his love for Jesus Christ. Ed made such a profound impact on my life and my sobriety , I wish I could thank him again for his generosity and selflessness. Ed always thought of others and put their needs before his, Eds whole life was to be of service to God and his fellow man.Thank you Ed for your love and fine example that you set. We love and miss you Big Ed.

Brett G
   Posted Sun August 29, 2010
A couple of months ago I listened to a tape of Ed's qualification on the internet. It touched me, touches me and helps me to be of service to God, my family and the fellowship of alcoholics anonymous.

Todd Charlotte, NC
   Posted Fri December 30, 2011
I went today to find a contact for Ed to say "thank you". Instead, I found his obituary. Ed gave me hope, a laugh and a lot of similarities to my own life. If I had found him I would have shared my deepest appreciation for experience, strength and hope and how it has helped me. What an amazing man and story of transformation. I hope to follow in his shoes and to carry his example of love and hope. Peace and continued condolences for Ed's family and friends.

Keith Clark
   Posted Thu November 08, 2012
After listening to several aa talks I downloaded I did a google search to find Ed's contact info. I wanted to send him an email to thank him for touching my heart. I was sad to learn he was no longer with us.

Reece Correll
   Posted Mon December 10, 2012
Ed. I saw you speak a few times and was graced with speaking with you as well. Im so happy to have spent that small amount of time with you. You changed my life. I am now 10 years sober and recommended your open talk to someone who is struggling and realized I was never able to tell you what those moments meant to me. Thank you so much Ed. My sponsees thank you too.

David Hobbs
   Posted Fri September 06, 2013
I heard Ed speak at an AA conference and was so taken by him we ask him to speak at our AA group. We had to wait two years because of his schedule and he was worth the wait. We spent four days with Ed and He changed our lives. Ed had to be as big as he was because he was filled with so much love. I will keep his spirit with me forever.
David H
Shawnee, Kansas

Amy Wells
   Posted Tue November 26, 2013
He was a GREAT MAN even though i never meet him. His speaker tape from the 2005 Raleigh, NC Conference, that my sponsor gave me to listen and learn, Is changing my life and peoples i come into contact with. I know he has helped others like me. I wish i would have got to meet him.

Eric Dickinson
   Posted Sat April 19, 2014
Thank you Ed
I never met you but I feel as if I know you
I got sober when I was 19 and really related to your story about getting sober at 20. You are always somebody I will remember and thanks for helping me to forgive and become a better person.
To Ed's family your dad/grandpa was an amazing person.


Favorite joke


random person. "How tall are you?"
ED "6'10"
R.P. "Do you play basketball"
ED "NO, How tall are you?"
R.P "5'7"
ED "Do you play miniature golf"
HAHAHA!!

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