EDWARD W. TAVES – TRUMANSBURG (YUMA, ARIZONA)

There will be a memorial service to honor the life of Edward W. Taves at Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South Street, Trumansburg, on Saturday, October 23, at 10 AM.  Edward was born on April 18, 1918 in Fargo, North Dakota, and passed away on September 28, 2009, in Yuma, Arizona.

Edward’s parents moved the family to rural Orange Cove, in the San Joaquin Valley of California, when he was an infant.  He was a farm boy at heart for life, and possessed all the skills of survival and self-sufficiency that came with living off the land and living with animals that were part and parcel of rural life in the early twentieth century.  From a poor family, Ed was pretty much on his own from the time he was in early adolescence and did a variety of jobs, from farm labor to mechanic and truck driver, traveling throughout the West and Southwest of the country wherever employment opportunities came up during the Great Depression.  In 1942 he met and fell in love with Alma Lorraine Reece, and they married on September 26th of that year.  Alma remained the love of his life for 67 years of marriage. 

Ed eventually entered the real estate profession, which was a good fit for his gregariousness and love of socializing.  He genuinely liked other people in general, was very much a family man, and loved a good joke or a harmless prank.  He was a master player of cards and domino games and played them with unfailing gusto.  He was also known for his love of animals, a fondness he was able to indulge on his small farm for the latter half of his life.  He had countless dogs and cats, sheep, horses, cattle, birds of all kinds and even monkeys.  And he couldn’t understand or countenance anyone who wasn’t kind to God’s creatures.

Ed loved his family and is missed by his wife Alma, son Michael (Kathleen), daughter Deborah, grandson Matthew (Jessica) and granddaughter Keren (Maury), and great grandchildren Lucas, Delia, Jacob and Chiara.