Ed the fisherman_StaatsSadly we’ve said good-bye to a family member who passed the milestone of 99 1/2 years of life.  After coming back from so many stumbling blocks and minor health issues, the medical event yesterday was too much for Ed to overcome.  A Minnesota man throughout his life, he enjoyed fishing and hunting, boating and snowmobiling.  He was a large man with a gentle demeanor.  His shared life with his wife Vi covered 45 years of adventures and travels.  And as time passed by, they remained devoted to one another.   I will always remember his smile and laugh – a laugh that erupted and was truly delivered from delight.  The last time I saw him alive he flashed that smile at me and I couldn’t help but smile back, returning the joy on his face.  Thanks for the joy you brought to us all, Ed.