Edward L. Showalter, 77, Neosho, died Feb. 21, 2013, at Freeman West Hospital.
Ed was born April 28, 1935, in Neosho, to Ben and Susan Showalter. He graduated from Neosho High School in the class of 1953, then went on to graduate from Joplin Junior College in Joplin, with an AB degree in 1955. Ed served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1957-1959 aboard the USS Kemper County LST 854. The time spent by his ship at the U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay in the Phillipines created lasting memories for him.
When he returned to civilian life and his job at Burroughs Corporation in Kansas City, he met Joyce Jennings, the love of his life. Their first date was at the Kansas City Zoo over Memorial Day in 1959 and they were married on New Year's Day, 1960 at Trinity Methodist Church in Kansas City.
To their marriage, two children were born, David Brian and Tracey Lee. Ed continued to work at Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys) for 33 years, at offices in Kansas City, St. Louis, Detroit, Miami and Philadelphia. In the mid-1970s, his work with Burroughs took him to Cumbernauld, Scotland for several months. After that experience, he was a member of the Burroughs team that developed the software used by Detroit Marathon. He became a certified quality analyst and in that position, taught seminars and published articles for the Quality Assurance Institute in Florida and he retired in 1991.
As a boy, he had been an active Boy Scout, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. As an adult, he was a Scout Master for more than 10 years, taking his troop on numerous camping and hiking trips. Public speaking was something he enjoyed and excelled at and he won speaking awards from Toastmasters International. Other lifelong activities were golf and fishing; he enjoyed cooking and was both an avid and accomplished woodworker.
When Ed and Joyce returned to Neosho in 1994, they transferred their church membership back to the Neosho United Methodist Church, the church Ed attended as a child and young man. He served in many capacities at NUMC, notably as co-chairman of the building committee when the Christian Life Center dream came to fruition, most recently as Lay Leader of the Church.
Ed is survived by his wife, Joyce; his son, David Showalter and wife, Barbara, Royal Oak, Mich.; his daughter, Tracey Bean and husband, Tony, Harleysville, Penn.; his brother, Richard L. Showalter and wife, Susan, Tupelo, Miss.; his five grandchildren, Courtney Showalter, Paige Showalter, Daniel Showalter, Carolyn Bean and Gavin Bean and many nieces and nephews.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Lt.JG Jimmie Lee Showalter.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Neosho United Methodist Church Christian Life Center, 1111 N. Business 49 Hwy, Neosho, Rev. Dr. Sara Chaney will officiate.
Page 2 of 2 - Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, on Thursday and Friday and the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Clark Funeral Home.
Contributions in memory of Mr. Showalter may be made to the Neosho United Methodist Church, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, 64850.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
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