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Edward W. Locker Obituary


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“Dear Connie, So very sorry to hear of Ed's passing, quite a shock when I pulled up the website. Russ & I always enjoyed visiting with both you and...Read More »
1 of 53 | Posted by: Russ & Tammi Greer

“My condolences on Ed's passing. I worked for Ed at Farmhand in the early 80's. It was first job in Grinnell when I moved there. I always liked...Read More »
2 of 53 | Posted by: Patti Bennington - FRIEND

“Connie and Kim, My sympathy to both of you in this time of loss. I remember Ed stopping by Dad's garage many times while we were there visiting. ...Read More »
3 of 53 | Posted by: Debbie (VanErsvelde) Patten - MO

“Connie- It was a great honor to have known Ed for the last 6 years. He was a great man and will be truly missed. I pray that you will have peace...Read More »
4 of 53 | Posted by: Rob Thomas - Grinnell, IA

“I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Ed's passing. I enjoyed seeing Ed at the reunion this past summer. He had such a great time sharing the...Read More »
5 of 53 | Posted by: Paul McNally - Iowa City, IA

“Connie and Kim, We are so sorry for your loss. We aren't able to make it to visitation or the funeral, but we want to let you know that you are...Read More »
6 of 53 | Posted by: Freddie and Janice Van Ersvelde - IA

“Connie, Ed will be missed greatly. I worked with him at Grinnell Products for several years and they were some of the best years because of Ed. He...Read More »
7 of 53 | Posted by: Lorie Shiver - Friend

“Our thoughts and pray's are with all of you. Steve work with Ed at Grinnell products and loved talking with him whenever he ran into him. I also...Read More »
8 of 53 | Posted by: Jacque Noris McClenathan - Victor, IA

“For Kim and her Family, My deepest sympathy for your loss. Words can't possibly relieve the grief you feel at this time. ”
9 of 53 | Posted by: Vicki Beer - Minneapolis, MN

“I have heard through Norma about Edward. I can only pray for God to be with you. I know you are no stanger to pain. Gods grace Connie and Family ”
10 of 53 | Posted by: Delores Kraft

“I have heard through Norma about Edward. I can only pray for God to be with you. I know you are no stanger to pain. Gods grace Connie and Family ”
11 of 53 | Posted by: Delores Kraft

“We are so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Both Mike and I worked with Ed at Farmhand and have many fond memories of Ed. He was a great guy and lots...Read More »
12 of 53 | Posted by: Mike & Deb Spooner - Grinnell, IA

“Sorry to hear of the Ed passing, I worked with him at Grinnell Products and visited him at Theisens. Good guy he will be missed. ”
13 of 53 | Posted by: Peggy Hudnutt Guyer - grinnell, IA

“Sorry to hear of the Ed passing, I worked with him at Grinnell Products and visited him at Theisens. Good guy he will be missed. ”
14 of 53 | Posted by: Peggy Hudnutt Guyer - grinnell, IA

“Connie and Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of meeting Ed at Sandy's mother's 90th birthday last fall. After hearing the sad...Read More »
15 of 53 | Posted by: Jackie thornton - Suwanee, GA

“Ed and I were TKE pledge brothers at NW Missouri in 1964. It is sad to read about his passing. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. /Chuck Riley ”
16 of 53 | Posted by: Chuck Riley - St Charles, IL

“We were sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Dan has many fond memories of hanging out at your house with Kevin and the "guys". Please accept our deepest...Read More »
17 of 53 | Posted by: Dan, Kris, Reaghan, and Rhiley Andersen - IA

“Dear Connie and Kim; So sorry to hear of Ed's passing. It seems that the young and young at heart leave us too soon! Just know that I truly believe...Read More »
18 of 53 | Posted by: Janet (Dotson) Friesen - Spencer, IA

“I was sorry to here about Ed. We were team mates on the football team and had a great time on the bus peparing for games. He will be missed by all. ...Read More »
19 of 53 | Posted by: Kenneth Pickens - Crestview, FL

“Connie and family: I was so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Please know that I am thinking of you. ”
20 of 53 | Posted by: Karen Groves - Friend

“Connie & Kim Our sympathy wishes to you and your family. We remember the Farmhand days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of...Read More »
21 of 53 | Posted by: Merle & Lois Zuehl - Friend

“Connie, so sorry about your loss. We will always remember how great a person and co-worker he was at Farmhand. We had a lot of great converstations...Read More »
22 of 53 | Posted by: Becky and Ron Harter - Grinnell, IA

“Connie, we are so sorry for your loss. We remember how much both of you tried to help us learn country dancing. He will now be trying to teach some...Read More »
23 of 53 | Posted by: Nedra Neville - Grinnell, IA

“Connie and Kim, there are no words I can say to help take your pain away. It is a difficult time for you, but know we are all here to support you....Read More »
24 of 53 | Posted by: Kim Kline - Brooklyn, IA - cousin

“I am so sorry for your loss. Ed was a great guy. I always enjoyed 'hanging around' in Dad's garage and listening to them talk. He will be...Read More »
25 of 53 | Posted by: April Isaac - Grinnell, IA

“Connie, Wish we were there in person to tell you how sorry we are to hear about Ed. We can sure look back on all the fun times we had over the years...Read More »
26 of 53 | Posted by: Roger and Mitzi Pederson

“Connie - You were a wonderful, generous couple. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know your pain. ”
27 of 53 | Posted by: Carol Jordan - Grinnell, IA

“Connie - Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Ed was always great with the girls, welcoming on Alyssa's daily visits during the...Read More »
28 of 53 | Posted by: Kim Flander - neighbor/friend

“We are so very sorry . . . We are also very sorry that we are not there at this time - in Texas for the winter. We are thinking of you. ”
29 of 53 | Posted by: Dennis and Chris Perry - Friends

“Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
30 of 53 | Posted by: Brandon and Alison Murphy

“Connie, Kay and I are so sorry to hear about Ed . We are thinking about you and Kim and will say a pray for you. ”
31 of 53 | Posted by: Jerry Winchell - Friend

“Just heard the news...our hearts are so saddened. I worked with Ed for many, many years between Farmhand and Grinnell Products and will always...Read More »
32 of 53 | Posted by: Jack & Pam Montgomery - Grinnell, IA

“Connie and Kim, I wish there were words that would help. Please know that our hearts are with you and that we are so so sorry about Ed's passing. We...Read More »
33 of 53 | Posted by: Larry and Danice Dotson - Spencer, IA

“Connie so sorry for your loss I remember so many things from the Farmhand days so much fun I will cherish those times forever. He was one special...Read More »
34 of 53 | Posted by: Ray Baker - Grinnell, IA - Freind

“I grew up listening to repeated stories of Ed from my Mom and Dad. ”
35 of 53 | Posted by: Jeff Matherly

“Connie, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Ed will be missed! ”
36 of 53 | Posted by: Kim and Austin Jones - Grinnell, IA

“Connie, Dad called and told me of Ed's passing. I want to express my deepest sympathy to you. Tony had many fond memories of his times with Kevin,...Read More »
37 of 53 | Posted by: Laura (Dotson) Armstrong - IA

“Connie and Kim, I was so sorry and sad to hear the news. I have been thinking of you both, and you continue to be in my prayers. It was always...Read More »
38 of 53 | Posted by: Denny Stahly

“We are sorry to hear about Ed's passing. Sending prayers for strength and comfort. ”
39 of 53 | Posted by: Julie and Hutch Kracht

“WHAT A GREAT GUY HE WAS. ONE OF A KIND. HE WILL BE MISSED. ”
40 of 53 | Posted by: TOBY MATHERLY - SOUTH HOUSTON, TX

“Connie, So sorry to hear of Ed's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
41 of 53 | Posted by: Amy Van Weelden - Lynnville, IA

“You will be greatly missed by many! ”
42 of 53 | Posted by: Denise Bennett - Grinnell, IA

“Connie, I'm so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Remember, I'm here if you ever need anything! ”
43 of 53 | Posted by: Pam Johnson-Runner - Friend

“I am so sorry to hear about Ed. You are in our thoughts and prayers through this very tough time. ”
44 of 53 | Posted by: brenda - Lee's Summit, MO

“sorry to here about ed prayers are with the family ”
45 of 53 | Posted by: bill belcher - burlington, IA

“Connie and Kim, We were so sorry to hear about Ed. You are definetly in our thoughts and prayers. We have had a lot of good times together in the...Read More »
46 of 53 | Posted by: Mike and Pat LaKose - Friends

“Connie and Kim, My heart goes out to you both. You are im prayers and I will be talking with you soon. With deepest sympathy, Karen ”
47 of 53 | Posted by: Karen Edgington - friend

“I am so sorry to hear about Ed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Becky, John, Rylee, Maximus Moore ”
48 of 53 | Posted by: Becky Moore - daughter-in-law

“Connie, I am so shocked to hear of Ed's death, and sending you my deepest sympathy! Ed was a fun person with such a wonderful sense of humor and...Read More »
49 of 53 | Posted by: Kay Jack - Ankeny, IA

“Prayers of strength being sent heavenward for you and yours. So sorry Connie. Talk to you soon. Love and Hugs. ”
50 of 53 | Posted by: Ann, Joe, Ben, Abi, & Mia - IA

“Connie, We’re so sorry for your loss. Ed was a wonderful person. He will truly be missed. Your in our thoughts and prayers. ”
51 of 53 | Posted by: Cheryl and Norm Seymour & family - IA

“Connie and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
52 of 53 | Posted by: Phyllis White - Kellogg, IA

“Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. ”
53 of 53 | Posted by: Darcy Kline - Grinnell, IA


Edward W. Locker, 69, of Grinnell, died on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center.

A celebration of his life will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Interment will follow in Westfield Cemetery, south of Grinnell.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, February 4, at the Smith Funeral Home. The family will be present from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday evening.

Memorials may be directed to the Elks BPOE #1266. Memories and condolences may be shared with his family at www.smithfh.com.

Ed was born on October 11, 1943, in Grinnell, Iowa to Alfred and Cecil Mitchell Locker. He was raised in Grinnell and graduated from Grinnell High School and then attended North West Missouri State University. He was a Sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970.

He met Connie on a blind date and about a year later they were married on July 17, 1972, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Ed worked at Farmhand and retired as a Production Manager, after 35 years of dedication. Ed then worked for Grinnell Products, Kinze Manufacturing and Theisen's.

Ed was extremely active in the Grinnell Elks Lodge #1266. He enjoyed country dancing, playing cards, golfing. He just recently took up fishing.

Ed is survived by his wife of 40 years, Connie Locker of Grinnell; his daughter, Kimberly Locker of Denver, Colorado. Also left to cherish his memory are his siblings, Joan Jones of Newton, Lois Innis of Grinnell, Phylis Dean of Grinnell, Bob (Sandy) Locker of Fridley, Minnesota, Ray (Karen) Vaughn of Brandon, Florida, Jackie (Phil) Butcher of Fuguay-Varina, North Carolina and Linda (Chuck) Templeton of Newton; brother-in-law, Harlan (Katie) Rouse of Hospers, Iowa and sister-in-law, Kathy (Bernie) Olberding of Dunnell, Minnesota; many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Locker on November 19, 1996; his mother, Cecil Vaughn and his father, Alfred Locker.

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