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Saturday, March 11, 2017, marked the first sunrise without Edward Blaine Kime Jr. as he joined the long line of ancestors stretching back into time.
He leaves as his legacy, Marilyn Streets Kime, his wife of nearly 57 years, and their seven children, Melanie Kime Ebbing, Edward Blaine Kime III (Lisa), Allison Kime Butler (Cory), Lorraine Kime Perkins (John), Margaret Stephanie Kime, William Jeff Kime and Elizabeth Kime-Krigas (Steve); as well as 15 grandchildren, Erik, Jennifer and Melissa Ebbing, Edward, Sean and Cassie Kime, Corydon, Cameron, Dane and Mason Butler, Will, Rachel and Rebecca Perkins and Ian and Connor Krigas.
Edward was never a man to look back or focus on the sunset. He was a sunrise man, always looking to a future filled with new discoveries, new experiences and challenges to conquer.
A scholar, he graduated from West Point and Harvard Business School. He was a soldier in the 82nd Airborne. He had a career in the plastics industry when it was in its infancy. He also spent 30 years in silent service to his nation. He was a statesman in the Wisconsin and West Virginia governments. He was an investment banker, a natural gas prospector, a farmer, a teacher, and a racehorse owner.
He flew airplanes and jumped out of them, built his own helicopter, and sailed. He was a musician who loved piano, guitar and singing. He was wholly committed to success and worked tirelessly to support his family with no complaints. He earned everything he achieved, and he wanted his kids and grandkids to do the same. He was a good and honorable man. We picture him now singing to us a song he played before he put his guitar away for the night:
When I am gone may my song linger on and its echo fall soft on your ear.
May you all live in peace and your riches increase and your happiness grow every year, my friends. May your happiness grow every year.
The family will gather at West Point Military Academy in the spring to inurn his ashes in the Old Cadet Chapel columbarium.
Online condolences may be expressed at nelsencares.com.